COVID-19 Response

18/09  VINNIES UPDATE

The Society is continuing to coordinate the COVID-19 response and recovery across all business units.

For advice, ask a question or to report a change or relevant information about your business / work place contact Darren Stevenson – COVID-19 Response and Recovery Coordinator covid19@vinnies.org.au

For updates after hours or weekends please visit the NSW COVID-19 website at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19  or the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080.

COVID-19 Resources

Resources to assist with managing disruptions, risks, and COVID-19 related incidents are continually being developed and will be centrally available through the COVID-19 Hub & Resources page on the Staff Portal. Keep checking this page as it will be updated regularly.

COVIDSafe Guidance advice

The latest COVIDSafe Guidance advice is on COVID-19 Procurement, click the link to have a look.

CSG01 – Respiratory Masks 

CSG02 – COVID Incident Reporting

CSG03 – COVID-19 Travel at Work

CSG04 COVID-19 Procurement

ACTIONS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN

There is a current increased risk for those who have attended gyms particularly in the CBD of Sydney along with identified bus and train routes where the advice is to monitor symptoms and self-isolate if required.

The ever changing level of risk in specific Hotspot Locations and Suburbs mainly in the Greater Sydney and CBD, the Society has a high number of services within these areas and it is extremely important that those working or living in and visiting these areas are taking precautions particularly if you are a person of increased risk.

So, current advice from NSW Health is that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, assume its COVID-19 until proven otherwise – isolate and get tested right away don’t delay.

Aged Care visitors – As a precaution NSW Health is extending existing visitor restrictions by strongly advising people who live or work in the Greater Sydney metropolitan area and Central Coast to refrain from visiting aged care facilities until 12 September.

Travel – is restricted to essential travel only within Hotspot Suburbs and the general need to travel should be reconsidered.

Meetings and Activities – face to face meetings should be avoided and only occur if a remote option is not available or appropriate. Meetings involving large numbers (anything over 10 people) should be avoided if possible, however if they are required and a face to face meeting is to occur ensure a large space that can accommodate the number is used with all COVIDSafe controls in place.

Face masks – are recommended for use indoors where social distancing is hard to maintain. Please also consider wearing face masks if you are using public transport, if you travel to and from work on public transport and your workplace has face masks a good idea is to take an extra one home each day to use the following day when travelling to work.

 

If you are a COVIDSafe Champion monitor how things are in your workspace and contact your supervisor if you need assistance.

 

For Health and Wellbeing Support you can access the Health & Wellbeing check in service as part of the Work Health Program.

These appointments are one on one and occur in a supportive and confidential space.  To make an appointment, email us at alignworkhealth.com.au or call us on 60234644.  Let us know you are from Vinnies and we will take care of the rest.

You can also contact the Employee Assistance Program Ph:1800 818 728 or your WHS Regional Partner.

NSW HEALTH UPDATE

Public Health Warnings and/or Advice – Issued since last update

To view previous Public Health Alerts click here.

New or changes to rules relevant to the Society Issued since last update

To view current news and media releases click here.

Key messages for the community are: 

  • Avoid non-essential travel and gatherings. Of particular concern is transmission in venues such as hotels and restaurants, the gym and social gatherings.
  • Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – must seek testing and self-isolate until they get the result. Stay at home, and do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of COVID-19
  • At all times stay 1.5 m from other people. Don’t go anywhere there is crowding.
  • Clean your hands regularly with soap and running water for 20 seconds or use alcohol base hand rub.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Don’t host, or go to, a gathering of more than 20 people at home.
  • Don’t go to the gym unless the equipment is thoroughly cleaned before and after customer use by supervising staff or yourself, and there is good spacing between machines and customers.
  • Consider using a mask in situations where you are unable to social distance.

 

Check the NSW Health website for the latest COVID-19 News and Updates.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations-in-nsw

HOTSPOT AREAS & SUBURBS - Increased testing and surveillance

With the growing number of cases in the area, NSW Health is again asking all people who live in, or have visited, the following areas in the past two weeks to get tested if they have even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat.

Vinnies Actions to be taken:

  • Only Essential Travel to and from and around these areas with COVIDSafe Vehicle controls;
  • Communicate any changes to business hours or service delivery to other Vinnies operations;
  • Do not have gatherings or meetings in these areas and consider remote meetings or moving to another location – any meeting over 10 people should be reconsidered in general;
  • Ensure ALL COVIDSafe Controls are being adhered with – hygiene, hand washing, social distancing, PPE use
IDENTIFIED HOTSPOTS - Specific locations / businesses where COVID outbreaks have been confirmed and Close Contact exposure to others is a risk

SELF-ISOLATE AND GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY

If you have been to any of these locations during the time and date indicated you should:

  • immediately self-isolate until 14 days after you were last there
  • get tested even if you have no symptoms
  • watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested should any symptoms recur
  • even if you get a negative test, you must stay in isolation for 14 days (this is because it can take 14 days before you may show symptoms or test positive).

Vinnies Actions to be taken:

  • All of the above actions;
  • Do not come to work and inform your manager / supervisor of the situation;
Location Dates
Ashfield: The Crocodile Farm Hotel 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Friday 4 September

Anyone who attended for at least one hour must immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days since they were there, even if a negative test result is received.

People who were there for less than an hour at these times must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

Ashfield: New Shanghai Night restaurant 6:30pm to 8pm on Friday 4 September

Anyone who attended for at least one hour must immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days since they were there, even if a negative test result is received.

People who were there for less than an hour at these times must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

 

Oatlands: Oatlands Golf Club 6:30pm to 8:45pm on Friday 4 September

Anyone who attended the Bavarian Night Dinner in the Bistro on Bettington main dining room is a close contact and must get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate.

Parramatta: Albion Hotel (Beer Garden and Pavilion) 8:15pm to 11:15pm on Saturday 5 September

Anyone who attended for at least one hour must immediately get tested for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days since they were there, even if a negative test result is received.

People who were there for less than an hour at these times must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop and self-isolate until they receive a negative result

Sydney: Hyde Park Medical Centre Monday 24 August to Saturday 5 September

Anyone who worked at Hyde Park Medical Centre (including physiotherapy, pathology, dermatology and dental practices and pharmacy on the ground floor of the building) should get tested for COVID-19 immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

If you are contacted by NSW Health and identified as a close contact you must immediately self-isolate for 14 days and stay isolated for the entire period, even if a negative test result is received.

Anyone else who visited should monitor for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if they have even the slightest symptoms, and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

Waverley: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club 6pm to close on Tuesday 1 September
4:30pm to close on Friday 4 September
4:15pm to close on Saturday 5 September
5pm to close on Sunday 6 September
3pm to close on Monday 7 SeptemberAnyone who attended the Legion Club on these days are considered to be a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.Anyone who attended the Legion Club from 5pm to 6:30pm on Friday 28 August must immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
MONITOR FOR SYMPTOMS - Specific locations / businesses where a COVID case has been suspected and there has been potential exposure.

If you have been to any of these locations during the time and date indicated you should:

Vinnies Actions to be taken:

  • All of the above actions;
  • Do not come to work and inform your manager / supervisor of the situation;
Location Dates
Casula: Anytime Fitness 10:15am to 12pm on Friday 11 September
Casula: Five Stars Thaitanic 4:20pm to 5:20pm on Saturday 12 September
Clovelly: Clovelly Hotel  12:45pm to 1:45pm on Saturday 5 September
Concord: KFC 1pm to 1:20pm on Sunday 6 September
Croydon Park: Croydon Park Pharmacy 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 3 September
Emerton: KFC 12pm to 9:30pm on Monday 7 September

Customers who attended during this time should monitor for symptoms and, if they develop, immediately get tested and self-isolate. Some staff are close contacts and have been contacted directly to get to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

 

Hunters Hill: Hunters Hill Bowling Club 6:50pm to 9pm on Tuesday 8 September

Any person identified as a close contact will be contacted by NSW Health

 

Katoomba: Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre 11:30am to 1:30pm on Friday 4 September
Lawson: Lawson oval 10:30am to 12:45pm on Sunday 13 September

Any person identified as a close contact will be contacted by NSW Health

 

Liverpool: The Railway Hotel 10pm to 11:30pm on Friday 4 September
Maroubra: Fitness First Maroubra 8am to 12pm on Saturday 5 September
Penrith: JB Hi-FI Penrith Plaza 4pm to 4:30pm on Sunday 13 September
Putney: Charles St Kitchen 10:45am to 11:30am on Saturday 5 September
Rouse Hill: Rouse Hill Town Centre (including Target) 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Saturday 5 September
Springwood: Springwood Sports Club 1pm to 2pm on Saturday 12 September
Stanhope Gardens: Stanhope Village Shopping Centre (including Kmart) 8:30am to 9:30am on Monday 7 September
Wahroonga: Missing Spoon Café 4:45pm to 5:30pm on Saturday 5 September
West Ryde: Eastwood Ryde Netball Association 12:15pm to 1:30pm on Saturday 5 September

Some people who attended were close contacts and have been contacted directly to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Woolloomooloo: China Doll Restaurant 6:30pm to 10pm on Thursday 3 September
NEW – Sydney Bus and Train routes – NSW Health is now advising of specific bus routes where it is advised that travellers who were on these routes monitor for symptoms closely  

To See Sydney Bus & Train Routes

   

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