Virus: Restrictions, advice, changes and a call for support

NSW HEALTH

THE Western NSW Local Health District has announced changes to visitor and volunteer traffic in all its hospitals and in-patient facilities as part of its COVID-19 response.

Visitors are now restricted to one per patient at any time, and all visitors must be older than school age.

All in-hospital volunteer activities will also be suspended as a precautionary measure.

The WNSWLHD regrets any inconvenience, however, these changes will help minimise the chance of patients and visitors being exposed to COVID-19. This is particularly important for patients who may be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

People are also asked to not enter a hospital if they have:

  • A fever or a cold and flu-like illness.
  • Returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • Been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

The management of COVID-19 is constantly being reviewed and new measures will be put into place in local hospitals and health services as needed.

Everyone can play a role in responding to COVID-19 by following advice on social distancing and by thoroughly washing hands regularly and covering coughs and sneezes.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole confirmed on Tuesday that in the Bathurst electorate (excluding Lithgow) there are seven confirmed COVID-19 cases.

For more information on how you can protect yourself, and how NSW Health is responding to COVID-19, go to www.health.nsw.gov.au

BUSINESS NSW

By Business NSW Western NSW regional manager Vicki Seccombe

Now is the time to work together for the good of Western NSW.

When I started working with local businesses, I was shocked to find out just how alone many of our small businesses can feel and how tough they do it.

With the ongoing drought, bushfires and now coronavirus, business owners are particularly feeling the pressure and are unsure of what the future holds.

Most of our jobs in the region, if not all of them outside of government, are created by smaller businesses. Around the country as a whole, one out of every two Australian workers is employed by a small business.

In addition to providing a livelihood for many families, many of the 32,000 businesses in Western NSW also involve themselves in community building activities, such as kids' sports, local charities and events.

That's why it's so essential that we all support each other now to ensure our businesses get through this time, sustain employment and keep our local economies as strong as possible.

Many businesses are putting all the necessary precautions in place to look after the safety of their staff and customers. So, where possible and following social distancing guidelines, keep doing what you normally do like buying your morning coffee, purchasing your meat from the butcher or getting your hair cut.

It is now more important than ever to purchase our goods and services locally and, remember, this can be done online or via the phone.

I have recently seen lots of local cafes and restaurants offering more takeaway or delivery options.

In particular, we urge the stimulus funding recipients to spend the money with our local businesses. Cash payments, employee support, and the increase in the instant asset write off to $150,000 will equip many local businesses and consumers with stimulus cash which can go a long way towards helping this situation.

If you are looking for other ways to help a small business, then don't forget that most of our retailers have gift card options that can be purchased online.

And finally, it's so important to share your support for our local businesses via social media by liking, sharing or commenting on a post.

The important thing to remember is that we may just have to do things a little differently for the near future, but this will pass and everything we do now as a community will help put Western NSW in the best possible position to move forward on the other side.

OBERON PUBLIC

From Oberon Public School's Facebook page

Thank you to our school community for being understanding as we navigate new ways of operation.

As you know, all parents are being encouraged to keep children home from school as of now. Schools will remain open for children of "essential service" providers.

Learning at Oberon Public School is about to change for the foreseeable future. Any students at school will not have normal lessons. Rather, they will be supervised in a multi-age group to complete the same online learning as students at home.

By Friday, we will begin to supply learning tasks for students in a variety of ways. Teachers will be in touch via the Seesaw app. If you do not have the code yet, please contact your child's teacher. Hard copies of work will be available at school if you need it. Please call the school to let us know you will come to collect the work after it has been released.

It is expected that school work is completed daily.

You will receive more information from us over the coming days. Please allow us some time to get the right information to you as quickly as we can.

Principal Jo'elle Frampton

LIVESTOCK SALES

LIVESTOCK sales at the Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange at Carcoar are to continue, but with some restrictions.

Attendances are being strictly limited to agents and buyers, who are also being told to observe social distancing. The lunch room is also closed.

Sam D'Arcy, from Ray White Emms Mooney, pointed out, however, that buyers can make their bids over the CTLX website.