Coronavirus Community Updates

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Slowing the spread of coronavirus in NSW

  1. Slowing the spread of coronavirus in NSW
  2. Simple steps for social distancing can make a big difference
  3. Staying connected as a community
  4. Take personal action to reduce exposures and stay healthy
  5. Actions for all travellers returning to or arriving in Australia
  6. Actions for people caring for a sick family member
  7. Actions for parents and guardians
  8. Actions for an organisation, workplace or employer
  9. Actions for childcare centres, kindergartens, schools
  10. Actions for TAFE, colleges and universities
  11. Actions for health and community service providers including for vulnerable people
  12. Actions for transport carriers
  13. Advice for mass gatherings

Local & Vocal

To provide a local response and support to the Corona Virus Pandemic for our community, Council has also activated the Bellingen Shire Corona Virus Pandemic Response Group, which is comprised of representatives from local medical, emergency, education, Chambers of Commerce and community service providers.

The Bellingen Shire Corona Virus Pandemic Response Group has initiated the community information hub for Covid-19 and will be providing regular updates regarding local initiatives, actions and information via its Bellingen Shire Connects webpage to ensure that as a community we remain informed, engaged and aware of each other as we work towards meeting the challenges the current pandemic situation presents us both at work and at home.

You can also stay in touch with other sources of local content to help you keep up to date including accessing information on what happend around the world while you were sleeping by signing up to receive the Bellingen Courier Sun's twice daily email digests on the unfolding situation at 7:30am and 5:30pm.

2 Triple B FM also provides a fourm for the many voices of our one community and you can stay up to date with local discussions by simply clicking here to listen online or by tuning in your radio to 93.3 fm or 107.3 fm or by logging onto their facebook page here.

Finally, there's I Love Bello Shire and their online guide to all things happening in our Shire which features a weekly newsletter that will also provide our community with regular updates regarding local initiatives, actions and information about how we can all work together through this difficult time. You can go directly to their website by clicking here, or to subscribe to their free weekly community newsletter simply click here.



Slowing the spread of coronavirus in NSW

  1. Slowing the spread of coronavirus in NSW
  2. Simple steps for social distancing can make a big difference
  3. Staying connected as a community
  4. Take personal action to reduce exposures and stay healthy
  5. Actions for all travellers returning to or arriving in Australia
  6. Actions for people caring for a sick family member
  7. Actions for parents and guardians
  8. Actions for an organisation, workplace or employer
  9. Actions for childcare centres, kindergartens, schools
  10. Actions for TAFE, colleges and universities
  11. Actions for health and community service providers including for vulnerable people
  12. Actions for transport carriers
  13. Advice for mass gatherings

Local & Vocal

To provide a local response and support to the Corona Virus Pandemic for our community, Council has also activated the Bellingen Shire Corona Virus Pandemic Response Group, which is comprised of representatives from local medical, emergency, education, Chambers of Commerce and community service providers.

The Bellingen Shire Corona Virus Pandemic Response Group has initiated the community information hub for Covid-19 and will be providing regular updates regarding local initiatives, actions and information via its Bellingen Shire Connects webpage to ensure that as a community we remain informed, engaged and aware of each other as we work towards meeting the challenges the current pandemic situation presents us both at work and at home.

You can also stay in touch with other sources of local content to help you keep up to date including accessing information on what happend around the world while you were sleeping by signing up to receive the Bellingen Courier Sun's twice daily email digests on the unfolding situation at 7:30am and 5:30pm.

2 Triple B FM also provides a fourm for the many voices of our one community and you can stay up to date with local discussions by simply clicking here to listen online or by tuning in your radio to 93.3 fm or 107.3 fm or by logging onto their facebook page here.

Finally, there's I Love Bello Shire and their online guide to all things happening in our Shire which features a weekly newsletter that will also provide our community with regular updates regarding local initiatives, actions and information about how we can all work together through this difficult time. You can go directly to their website by clicking here, or to subscribe to their free weekly community newsletter simply click here.


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  • Visiting Patients in Bellingen Hospital

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    2 months ago

    There are revised arrangements for people wishing to visit patients in Bellingen Hospital.

    Visiting Hours: Between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Anyone wishing to visit patients outside these hours will need to phone the hospital to make special arrangements.

    Number of Visitors: One visitor at a time.

    Hospital Entry: All visitors will need to enter the hospital via the Administration entrance (just downhill from the main entrance). There they will be screened for the possibility of COVID-19, and issued with a visitors pass.

    These measures are to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus, and improve the safety of...

    There are revised arrangements for people wishing to visit patients in Bellingen Hospital.

    Visiting Hours: Between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Anyone wishing to visit patients outside these hours will need to phone the hospital to make special arrangements.

    Number of Visitors: One visitor at a time.

    Hospital Entry: All visitors will need to enter the hospital via the Administration entrance (just downhill from the main entrance). There they will be screened for the possibility of COVID-19, and issued with a visitors pass.

    These measures are to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus, and improve the safety of both inpatients and healthcare staff.

    Above all: do not visit patients or nursing home residents if you have a fever or cold symptoms. Stay home, and defer your visit until you are well.

    Last updated: 26 Mar 2020


  • Medical Clinical Action Group

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    2 months ago

    About Our COVID Clinic:

    A collaborative effort by the private medical and health practitioners across the Bellingen Shire has resulted in the establishment of a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic.

    The COVID Clinic has been established by local doctors and nurses to provide a single point for the assessment and testing of anyone in Bellingen Shire (including Dorrigo, Thora, Urunga, Kalang, Raleigh etc) who thinks they may have a Coronavirus (COVID) infection.

    No other medical problems will be dealt with at the COVID Clinic – you should see your usual GP for those.

    Clinic Location:

    15-23 Watson St, Bellingen...

    About Our COVID Clinic:

    A collaborative effort by the private medical and health practitioners across the Bellingen Shire has resulted in the establishment of a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic.

    The COVID Clinic has been established by local doctors and nurses to provide a single point for the assessment and testing of anyone in Bellingen Shire (including Dorrigo, Thora, Urunga, Kalang, Raleigh etc) who thinks they may have a Coronavirus (COVID) infection.

    No other medical problems will be dealt with at the COVID Clinic – you should see your usual GP for those.

    Clinic Location:

    15-23 Watson St, Bellingen (the old Watson Street Hostel).

    Clinic Hours:

    The Clinic is open 6 days a week (Mon-Sat) from midday to 2:00pm. No appointments are necessary.

    Who Can Attend The Clinic:

    Any Shire resident or visitor

    What Will Happen At The Clinic:

    You should drive to the Clinic and enter the driveway as signposted.

    Please stay in your car (including children). Keep the air conditioner running if the weather is warm.

    You will be met by a staff member who will record your details (please have your Medicare card with you).

    You will then proceed along the driveway to be seen by a nurse and doctor.

    You will be tested for Coronavirus ONLY if you meet the current NSW Health testing criteria:

    - overseas travel or a cruise in the last 2 weeks, AND a fever or flu-like symptoms

    - close contact with someone with COVID in the last 2 weeks, AND a fever or flu-like symptoms

    - healthcare or aged care workers WITH a fever or flu-like illness

    Testing involves taking a swab from the back of your throat, and from the back of your nose. Some people may find this uncomfortable.

    If you are tested, it is important that you then remain in home isolation until the result is back.

    The results of your swab will be sent to your usual GP. Please phone your GP in three days for the results. Some results have taken up to 6 days to return.

    Your visit will take about 10 minutes, longer if there are a lot of attendees.

    It’s vital that respiratory clinics are not overwhelmed with people who are not in the high risk groups, which could result in delays identifying those most vulnerable.

    If You Don’t Have a Car:

    You should still enter via the driveway on foot. You will be shown to a separate seating area.

    Cost:

    Your visit to the Clinic is bulk-billed to Medicare. There are no out of pocket expenses, as long as you have a Medicare card.

    Alternative Clinics:

    There is a Fever Clinic at Coffs Harbour Hospital, currently open Mon-Fri from 10am to 2pm. Phone 1300 001 956 for more details.

    There are also clinics at Kempsey and Port Macquarie.

    Other Information:

    There are no public toilets at the Clinic.

    The Clinic does not give out masks or other protective equipment for home use.