Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hard lockdown for Perth, Peel & South West

Latest travel advice

Hard lockdown: Perth, Peel and South West

As of 6pm 31 January 2021 Perth, Peel and the South West region entered lockdown. This lockdown will remain in effect until 6pm Friday 5 February 2021.

Advice about the Perth, Peel & South West lockdown can be found here.

Whilst the Shire of Northam is not within the lockdown zone we are monitoring the situation closely and will act upon the latest advice to ensure the health and safety of all our residents.

We encourage everyone in our community to do the right thing to help stop coronavirus from spreading to Northam. The most effective way to mitigate the risk is to practice good hygiene.

  • stay at home if you are unwell
  • practice social distancing (staying 1.5m - 2m apart)
  • avoid gatherings
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow
  • if you have arrived from interstate or overseas, you may be required to self isolate for 14 days.

Please be considerate of your fellow community members and resist the urge to panic buy.

Latest updates on travel restrictions can be found here.

Shire of Northam facilities

All Shire of Northam facilities remain open as usual. If the situation changes information regarding operational restrictions and changes in hours will be detailed below.

Please note that although the Shire of Northam Administration Centre remains open, we respectfully request that any business able to be done online or via phone should be, in the interests of social distancing. If you are unable to complete your Shire or licensing business online, and need to visit the Shire of Northam Administration Centre, please be prepared to use tap-&-go instead of cash to assist us in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Open:

  • Shire of Northam Administration Centre (including licensing service)- where possible pleasetry to do business online or via phone
  • Old Quarry Road Waste Management Facility
  • Inkpen Road Waste Management Facility
  • Northam Library (including Housebound service & Click & Collect)
  • Wundowie Library (including Housebound service & Click & Collect)
  • Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre – no visitors
  • Toilets: All public toilets
  • Playgrounds, Barbecues, and Water Fountains
  • Northam Visitor Centre
  • Bilya Koort Boodja Centre
  • Community Halls
  • Northam Recreation Centre (available for bookings- call for information)
  • Bakers Hill Recreation Centre (available for bookings- call for information)
  • Northam Aquatic Facility
  • Wundowie Aquatic Facility
  • Northam Heritage Centre (Old Railway Station)
  • Morby Cottage
  • Create 298
  • Bernard Park Water Playground

As we are sure you can appreciate, Council will be reviewing this position regularly and will advise the community as changes occur. We have put a range of measures in place to manage potential risks in accordance with advice provided by the State and Federal Governments.

Please note that at some of these facilities, some restrictions on entry numbers and operations remain in place. A contact register is being kept at all venues with sign in via the SafeWA app or a manual sign in register.

Social distancing and hygiene measures have been implemented at all facilities, and government advice is being followed at all sites operated by the Shire of Northam.

Waste Management

All kerbside rubbish collection services are operating as usual. Refer to the Recycling and Waste Disposal Calendar for your collection day.

The Shire of Northam's Old Quarry Road and Inkpen Road Waste Management Facilities are operating as usual. Refer to the Waste Management Facilities page for opening hours.

Engineering & Works

Engineering and works services are operating as usual.

Ranger Services

Ranger services are operating as usual. Rangers can be contacted on (08) 9622 7267.

Actions we are taking in relation to COVID-19

The Shire of Northam is taking expert advice from the Western Australian and Federal Governments, which are guiding the decision making of Council. If the situation changes we are ready to act as necessary to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.

Please respect your fellow community members and our staff by practicing social distancing, using hand sanitiser provided at all Council venues and signing in via the SafeWA app or manual sign in sheet.  

Local Support

These are difficult times for all of us, but we also understand that there are some people in our community that may be really struggling and could do with some extra help. The Shire of Northam is working with our local community service providers and as a team we are doing our best to ensure those who need additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access it. 

Information on local support services, as well as state and national online support and phone hotlines are available here

We have several other initiatives in development to support our community, please check back here for the most update information on obtaining and giving support during these unprecedented times.

We are all in this together, and ensuring that our community is supported is our highest priority. As such, we have developed a COVID-19 Virus Response Strategy, which we will be reviewing regularly, and using to guide our actions as we head towards recovery. 

Neighbourhood Assistance

Through our neighbourhood assistance program we are connecting the elderly and vulnerable who are in need of help with those who are able to provide it.

If you need help click here to fill in the form

If you are able to provide help click here

Alternatively call 6608 0613 to register.

Whilst we are working hard to ensure we reach all vulnerable members of our community, you can help help by reaching out to your own neighbours by printing our neighbourhood assistance cards and dropping them off to your neighbours (being careful to observe social distancing and practising good hygiene).  

If you live locally and are in need of support, the below guide has a number of community organisations who may be able to assist

Community Support in the Shire of Northam

Important Community Information

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People

A message from the Northam Ballardong Elders on behalf of the Shire of Northam Nyoongar Cultural Advisory Committee:

To keep our mob safe we all need to do our bit to stop coronavirus from spreading through our community. Please listen to the government health messages and follow them.

The best thing you can do to keep safe is stay home!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19. Unfortunately many of our mob have other health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, which puts them at high risk.

If you’re an Elder or suffer with serious health conditions stay home!

The rest of you can help keep us all safe by:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Staying home if you are feeling unwell
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least 1.5-2m away from others
  • Wash your hands often, with soap & water or hand sanitiser
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes with a tissue or elbow & wash your hands straight away
  • Put your used tissues in the bin as soon as possible
  • Keep surfaces clean by disinfecting them regularly e.g. benchtops, door handles
  • Avoid travelling to different towns and cities
  • Self-isolate if you have recently travelled to a different state or country or have been in contact with someone with coronavirus.

If you have any of the following symptoms call a doctor and tell them about your symptoms and tell them if you’ve had any contact with people with COVID-19.

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • A sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing

General COVID-19 health advice can be obtained on 1800 020 080. If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing call 000, ask for an ambulance and tell them if you’ve had any contact with anyone with COVID-19 

Signed: Deborah Moody, Pat Davis, Yvonne Kickett, Janet Kickett, Joan Parfitt, Kathy Davis, Kevin Stack, Claire McGuire, Maria Nickels.

Aboriginal Health Council of WA resources

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 Prevention

The Government of Western Australia Department of Health has also issued a Guide for Funerals & Sorry Business

Looking after your mental health

Think! Mental Health

The new Think Mental Health Campaign Be Positive. Be Connected. Be Active was recently launched. Campaign material can be downloaded directly by visiting the Think Mental Health website. The campaign, will focus on self-care and wellbeing strategies; provide normalisation messages about fear and anxiety; and ways people can support others and seek professional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key message of the campaign is: ‘Be positive, connected and active to protect your mental health and wellbeing’. The target group for the campaign is all Western Australian adults. The Think! Mental Health website also has a new section that provides dedicated information on mental health and COVID-19. 

Alcohol.Think Again

A new Alcohol.Think Again campaign is also being developed in response to COVID-19. To support this campaign, new content is live on the Alcohol.Think Again website that provides tips to reduce drinking in the home

Strong Spirit Strong Mind

The Strong Spirit Strong Mind website now also includes information related to COVID-19 symptoms and stopping the spread 

Disability Assistance

Do you have a question about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do you need help because things have changed?

You can contact the Disability Information Helpline to talk about your concerns in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19), for example if:

  • your support worker has not turned up
  • your provider has stopped services
  • it’s hard for you to get food, groceries, medications or other essential items
  • someone close to you has symptoms of coronavirus
  • you are feeling really upset
  • anything else is worrying you.

To contact the Disability Information Helpline, please call 1800 643 787.

The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call the National Relay Service on 133 677.

If you require support in another language you can use the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) free of charge by:

  • calling the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 and asking for an interpreter. The counsellor will make the arrangements, or
  • calling TIS on 131 450 and asking to be connected to the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787.

The Disability Information Helpline is free, private and fact-checked.

The Disability Information Helpline is funded by the Australian Government.

For more information about the Disability Information Helpline, including Easy Read and Auslan resources about coronavirus, visit www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp.

The WA Government is working with other government and community services agencies to ensure people with a disability, their families and carers continue to receive the support they need.

Who to contact for help

  • If you receive services from a disability provider, contact your provider if you require additional support as a result of COVID-19 coronavirus.
  • If you are connected to the Department of Communities, call (08) 6167 8000 or 1800 998 214 for assistance. 
  • If you are connected to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), call 1800 800 110.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Measures have been introduced to support NDIS participants and providers during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • extending NDIS plans
  • proactive outreach to high risk participants
  • giving financial assistance to providers such as advance payments

For more information visit the NDIS website.

Accessing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

New information for how disability service providers can access PPE has been published by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and is available on the Commission’s website.

COVID-19 Health Information

The Shire of Northam strongly encourages residents and organisations who have questions about the COVID19 virus to attain this from one of the following sources;

Western Australian Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information for Community & Businesses

Department of Health (Federal) - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Department of Health (State) - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HealthyWA - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cautious Easing of Restrictions- FAQ's

Coronavirus Health Information Hotline - 1800 020 080

COVID-19 Enquiries Line - 13COVID (132 68 43)

An enquiries line to keep the community informed about COVID-19 coronavirus has been launched.
 
By dialling 13COVID (132 68 43), Western Australians will have access to the latest information regarding the impact of the virus in WA.
 
As well as hearing important COVID-19 prevention tips, callers are given a range of options directing them to the relevant sources of information for their needs.
 
In terms of health, this includes information for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, those in self-isolation, or calling as health practitioners.
 
Options also include information on impacts for families, businesses, schools and health care providers, and up-to-date advice on restrictions to travel and public gatherings.
 
The hotline will operate seven days a week, from 7am to 10pm.

Are there any cases locally?

Although a majority of the COVID-19 response is coordinated at a state government level, the Shire of Northam will be assisting with this response, and will be working hard to keep you informed of the pandemic as it progresses.

All affected COVID-19 person(s) in Western Australia are monitored very closely by the state public health staff to ensure they have the necessities to stay at home. The Police are issued daily with a list of persons under mandatory self-isolation, and are conducting checks around the clock. Most incoming cases are now from overseas, and are required to self-isolate in the city in specialised accommodation; an initiative by the state to keep everyone safe.

The Shire would like to reiterate that staying calm and following the recommend social distancing (keeping 1.5m-2.0m apart) and hygiene guidance (regular handwashing, not touching your face, staying home if you are sick or seek the correct medical advice) is the best possible thing to do. Please check on any vulnerable neighbours, friends, and family (in a responsible social distancing manner) and most importantly, be kind to one another.

It is imperative that we all take a sensible approach to our future activities, whether it be for work, family, or social reasons, and if in doubt feel free to ask questions or seek additional information. The state government also has a dedicated 13COVID (13 26843) hotline.

This information is subject to change, and access to specific information is not available to the Shire of Northam, or to the general public at this time. Access to information regarding which local government regions have confirmed cases can be found on the Department of Health's website

How can I protect myself and others?

The Department of Health advises the most effective way to mitigate the risk of contracting Coronavirus is to practice good hygiene.

  • stay at home if you are unwell
  • practise social distancing (1.5m - 2m apart)
  • avoid gatherings
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow
  • if you have arrived from overseas, you will need to self isolate for 14 days.

The community should call the Police on 131 444 to report people who should be self-isolating and are not.

What is social distancing and why is it important? 

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people. Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared;
  • Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. 

Department of Health - Social Distancing Information Sheet

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 can be spread from person-to-person.

This can happen when a person comes into contact with the respiratory secretions of an infected person, for example through coughing or sneezing.

Spread of this coronavirus from person-to-person is usually between close contacts. Close contacts are those people who have been face-to-face with a person infected with the virus for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours with an infected person.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 and who is most at risk?

Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:

  • fever
  • flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and headaches
  • difficulty breathing.

Some people may be at higher risk of infection, such as people who have other illnesses that suppress the immune system or make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease. This includes people with lung disease or diabetes, those who have suppressed immune systems, and the elderly.

COVID-19 Testing

You may be tested if you:

  • present with a fever of 38°C or above
  • have a history of a fever in the last few days
    or
  • have an acute respiratory infection, e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat etc.

COVID-19 testing clinic locations

What is self-isolation and who should self-isolate?

Self-isolation

Self-isolation is required for confirmed AND suspected cases of COVID-19, and those returning to WA. This means you must stay in your home, hotel room, or other accommodation even if you are perfectly well with no symptoms. The only time you should leave your home/accommodation is to seek medical attention. When you are in self-isolation you cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres, or go on a holiday.

Where can I find more information? 

The full self-isolation fact sheet can be found here

You must stay in your place of isolation and not go out, except to seek medical care, for the length of time as advised by your doctor or public health unit.

Self-isolation is important for protecting your family, friends and the Western Australian community.  

Medical certificates are not required for people who need to self-isolate.

The community should call the Police on 131 444 to report people who should be self-isolating and are not.

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