Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and Resources

At Multicultural Aged Care Inc. (MAC), our primary responsibility and concern remains the safety and welfare of all members of CALD community groups and especially older people, and our staff and volunteers.

Latest Aged Care Updates

April 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 238: Monday 12 April 2021

Border restriction update
From today, the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City regions are no longer considered restricted zones. However, if anyone attended one of the locations identified on the Queensland Health website at the specified dates and times, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available on the SA Gov COVID-19 website.

COVID safe Ramadan
This evening is the beginning of Ramadan. There are some important things to remember to stay COVID safe during Ramadan:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people if sick.
    Wudu before prayers helps to maintain healthy hygiene, but make sure hands are washed regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm.
    Keep 1.5 metres distance from other groups.
  • Use personal prayer rugs, and if sharing with others, wipe down between each use.
  • Avoid sharing waterpipes, which can spread viruses and bacteria.
  • Use COVID Safe Check-In at venues and events.
    People holding an event or ceremony may be required to have a COVID-Safe Plan and a COVID Marshal.
  • For more information, visit the Create a COVID-Safe Plan page

COVID-19 case update
There was one new case of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The case was a child who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 666 confirmed cases in total
  • 657 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,695 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 37,656 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,671 tests yesterday
  • 1,212,292 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 237: Friday 9 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update
SA Health is working closely with the Australian Government to work through the AstraZeneca Vaccine implications for the vaccine rollout program as an urgent priority.

Further information, including new FAQs, will be available soon at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Cross Border Direction update
After 12.01am 12 April 2021, the City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City will no longer be considered restricted zones. However if anyone attended one of the locations identified on the Queensland Health website at the specified date and time, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Supervised Quarantine Direction update
Updates have been made to the Supervised Quarantine Direction in South Australia. The changes include an inclusion of Quarantine Facilities to provide restrictions for those who are not based at a medi-hotel site but are required to undertake supervised quarantine.

COVID-19 case update
There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases include two men in their 40s who both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 665 confirmed cases in total
  • 651 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 3,950 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 34,707 total vaccinations to date*
  • 3,948 tests yesterday
  • 1,203,079 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 9 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 236: Friday 9 April 2021

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has very carefully considered the latest vaccination findings out of Europe and the UK – which follow extremely rare instances of people, having taken the AstraZeneca vaccine, developing a very specific syndrome involving blood clots with low platelet counts. The syndrome is called “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia”.
The experience in Europe is that approximately one in every 250,000 people vaccinated with AstraZeneca is diagnosed with the rare blood clots. One person in Australia developed the syndrome after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Subsequently, ATAGI has recommended new changes to the Australian COVID-19 Vaccine Program including a preference for the use of the Pfizer (Cominarty) vaccine in adults aged under 50 years. The complete list of recommendations that have been made and accepted by the Australian Government can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

It is important to note the AstraZeneca vaccine remains highly effective at preventing death and severe illness among people who have contracted COVID-19 – and that the incidence of the blood-clotting syndrome is very rare.

ATAGI and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will continue to review the evidence on a regular basis, and as with everything during this pandemic, it is possible that there may be further changes to this advice as new evidence emerges or the epidemiological situation changes.

The Australian Government will be working with states and territories to determine how those under the age of 50 in phase 1 can access the Pfizer (Cominarty) vaccine in a timely fashion.
Read the statement from ATAGI and the joint statement from the Department of Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 8 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 235: Thursday 8 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update
Following a review of the use of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) and the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the following recommendations have been made and accepted by the Australian Government:

  • ATAGI recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer (Comirnaty) is preferred over COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in adults aged under 50 years. This recommendation is based on the increasing risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 in older adults (and hence a higher benefit from vaccination) and a potentially increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia following AstraZeneca vaccine in those under 50 years.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.
  • People who have had the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.

A statement from the ATAGI on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been released and more information, including FAQs, will be available soon.

Cross Border Direction update
From 12.01am 9 April 2021, the Byron Shire Council is no longer considered a restricted zone however if anyone attended one of the locations identified on the NSW Health website at the specified date and time, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update
There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. He is considered an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as he has not been diagnosed and counted overseas.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 663 confirmed cases in total
  • 651 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,814 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 32,635 total vaccinations to date*
  • 4,103 tests yesterday
  • 1,199,129 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 7 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 234: Wednesday 7 April 2021

Border restriction update
Changes to interstate border restrictions and testing requirements are expected to happen in the coming days.

More information, including a new Cross Border Direction, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update
There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a woman in her 20s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 9 active COVID-19 cases
  • 662 confirmed cases in total
  • 649 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,382 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 30,735 total vaccinations to date*
  • 2,512 tests yesterday
  • 1,195,026 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 6 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 233: Tuesday 6 April 2021

Cross Border Direction update
Effective 3 April 2021, entry from restricted zones (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redland City) of Queensland is permitted.

Anyone who has been in a restricted zone on or after 20 March 2021 must:

  • get tested as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).

Anyone who is currently in quarantine from a restriction zone, will be able to leave quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result in the first test, unless they attended one of the locations identified on the Queensland Health website. If they have been at one of these locations, they must remain in quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

COVID-19 vaccine update
A small number of people overseas have presented with clotting disorders following vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. One case has been reported in Australia and is currently being investigated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

Australia’s vaccine safety and regulatory process is world class and people can be confident that vaccines approved for use are safe and effective.

The ATAGI has not changed its advice on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine at this time and have issued communication for consumers and clinicians on the significance and symptoms and signs of thromboses.

A joint statement from acting Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd and Head of the TGA Adj. Professor John Skerritt has been released.
More information about the vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 0 new case today
  • 1 person in hospital
  • 8 active COVID-19 cases
  • 661 confirmed cases in total
  • 649 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 422 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 29,355 total vaccinations to date*
  • 1,909 tests yesterday
  • 1,192,514 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

April 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 232: Thursday 1 April 2021

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales. If anyone has visited one of the COVID-19 exposure locations listed on the Queensland Health website or the NSW Health website they should immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at the location at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

Border restriction update

The COVID-19 situation interstate will be closely monitored over the Easter long weekend and border arrangements will be reviewed early next week.

More information on the existing Cross Border Travel Direction, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. The case is a child who acquired their infection overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australia COVID-19 cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 656 confirmed cases in total
  • 640 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,488 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 27,023 total vaccinations to date*
  • 3,948 tests yesterday
  • 1,178,994 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 31 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 231: Wednesday 31 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

A range of clinics are planned to open in April, to boost the rollout of the vaccine to healthcare and emergency workers and regional communities. This includes:

  • A vaccination hub at Adelaide Showgrounds, which will allow a further 3,000 healthcare staff and emergency workers to be vaccinated each week.
  • Community clinics at Port Lincoln and Mount Gambier.
  • A vaccination team will be sent to Kangaroo Island.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, visit COVID-19 vaccination.

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales. If anyone has visited one of the COVID-19 exposure locations listed on the Queensland Health website or the NSW Health website they should immediately self-isolate, get tested for COVID-19 and complete the online form to notify SA Health that they were at the location at Contract tracing

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 655 confirmed cases in total
  • 640 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,390 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 25,535 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 5,037 tests yesterday
  • 1,175,046 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 30 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 230: Tuesday 30 March 2021

Cross Border Direction update

From 7.55pm 30 March 2021, the Byron Council Shire is considered a restricted zone.

Anyone who has been in the Byron Council Shire on or after 26 March 2021 must:

  • get a test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit).
    High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

SA Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales. If anyone has visited one of the COVID-19 exposure locations listed on the Queensland Health website or the NSW Health website they should immediately self-quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and notify SA Health that they were at the location at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases are a man in his 20s, a teenager, and a child, who all returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Serology testing is underway to determine if they are old infections.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new case today
  • 18 active COVID-19 cases
  • 655 confirmed cases in total
  • 633 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,358 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 24,145 total vaccinations to date*
  • 3,374 tests yesterday
  • 1,169,973 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 29 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 229: Monday 29 March 2021

From 5.00pm 29 March 2021, people are not permitted to enter South Australia from restricted zones of Queensland.

The restricted zones include:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Ipswich
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Redland City

Entry is permitted for returning residents, people relocating to South Australia and people fleeing domestic violence, however, on arrival they must:

  • quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival
  • wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time they come into contact with the public for 14 day quarantine period

Essential travellers are also permitted however they must adhere to the requirements outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

People may transit through an airport in a restricted zone, provided they do not leave the airport.

People may transit through the restriction zone by road, provided they travel via the most direct route, do not stop in the restricted zone except for essential purposes (i.e. in an emergency or for respite or fuel) and wear a mask at any time they come into contact with the public.

People who arrived in South Australia from the restricted zones between 12.01am 20 March and 5.00pm 29 March must:

  • get a test as soon as possible and quarantine until they receive a negative result
  • get tested on day 5 and day 13 after arrival. There is no requirement to quarantine after receiving a negative result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.
  • not attend a COVID Management Plan event for 14 days after their arrival.
  • not enter a high risk setting for 14 days after their arrival, unless they meet requirements to be permitted (i.e. urgent medical care or end of life visit). High risk settings include disability and aged care or correctional facilities and an emergency department, intensive care unit, respiratory ward or oncology ward of a private or public hospital.

Anyone visited one of the locations listed on the Queensland Health website under the heading ‘Close contacts – quarantine for 14 days and complete the contact tracing self-assessment’ at the specified dates and time should immediately self-quarantine, get tested for COVID-19 and complete this survey to notify SA Health that they were at the location.

More information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

New Cross Border Travel Direction

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 42) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked at 4.00 pm on Monday 29 March 2021.  The Direction has been replaced with Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 and the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel – Associated Direction No 1) (COVID -19) Direction 2021.

The new general Direction introduces different levels of requirements, restrictions and prohibitions that reflect the different levels of risk associated with people arriving in South Australia.

The Associated Direction specifies the different level of requirements that may apply to different groups (i.e. essential travellers and permitted arrivals). It also specifies places that are restricted zones. The Associated Direction should be read in conjunction with the General Direction.

More information, including the new Directions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man in his 30s and a man in his 40s who have both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

Over the weekend there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported. The cases are a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s, two woman in their 30s and a teenage male. All cases  have recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new case today
  • 16 active COVID-19 cases
  • 652 confirmed cases in total
  • 632 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 190 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 22,687 total vaccinations to date*
  • 2,553 tests yesterday
  • 1,166,599 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 26 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 228: Friday 26 March 2021

Queensland COVID-19 exposure locations

Queensland Health has identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites.

Anyone who has been in the Brisbane or Moreton Bay areas since 20 March should get tested as soon as possible and isolate until you receive a negative test result. They should get tested again on day 5 and day 13. There is no requirement to isolate after the day 5 and day 13 test, unless they have symptoms.

More information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

COVID-19 vaccine information for older people

A range of resources with information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out for older South Australians are now available on the SA Health website. This include a fact sheet and frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 vaccine for people over 70.

More information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new COVID-19 case today. The case is a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. The case is considered an old infection but has been added to South Australia’s numbers as he was not previously diagnosed or reported overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 645 confirmed cases in total
  • 630 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,496 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 20,832 total vaccinations to date*
  • 2,522 tests yesterday
  • 1,159,015 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 226: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Public Activities Direction update

Effective 12.01am 31 March 2021, density requirements and restrictions on dancefloor capacity and indoor venues will be relaxed in South Australia.

Changes include:

  • The Density requirement will move from 1 person per 2 sq metres to 3 people per 4 sq metres (equivalent to 75%)
  • The capacity for cinemas, live theatres, performance venues and places of worship with fixed seating will increase from 75% to 100% provided attendees are wearing a mask
  • Restrictions on dancing will be removed except for venues that are subject to a COVID Management Plan (Nightclubs and venues with over 1,000 people) e.g. 3 per 4 sq metres will apply to dance floors

More information, including a new Public Activities Direction, will be available soon at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been two new cases of COVID-19 reported today. The cases are a man in his 40s and a child who have both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 644 confirmed cases in total
  • 625 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,512 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 17,751 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,337 tests yesterday
  • 1,154,157 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 225: Tuesday 23 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine program continues to roll out this week. Whilst many people are eager to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, South Australians are being asked to please be patient with the hard working clinic staff as vaccination appointments may be limited until more GPs come online and prepare their clinics.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  •  0 new cases today
  • 14 active COVID-19 cases
  • 642 confirmed cases in total
  • 624 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,419 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 16,239 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,447 tests yesterday
  • 1,150,820 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 23 - COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccination program commenced yesterday. Eligible groups in 1b include all remaining health care workers, adults over 70, critical and high-risk workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55, and people with a specified underlying medical condition. The phase 1a rollout continues concurrently with phase 1b, ensuring that the most at risk continue to be vaccinated.

Ninety-four South Australian GPs, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services, and GP-led respiratory clinics have joined the vaccination rollout. This number will progressively increase in the coming weeks as more vaccine providers come on board. South Australians can check their eligibility and locate a vaccination provider by using the Commonwealth Government vaccine eligibility checker. Vaccination appointments may be limited until more GPs come online and prepare their clinics. 

Please refer to the attached information sheet for more information about the following topics:

  • Vaccine rollout
  • Second dose
  • Aged Care, older people and people with a disability
  • Vaccine safety
  • Efficacy
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SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

File: COVID-19 Vaccine update from SA Health – 23 March 2021.pdf

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 22 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 224: Monday 22 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine program commenced today. Eligible groups in 1b includes all remaining health care workers, adults over 70, critical and high-risk workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults over 55 and people with a specified underlying medical condition.

The South Australian Phase 1b rollout plan outlines these groups and where they can access vaccination.

South Australians can check their eligibility and locate a vaccination provider by using the Commonwealth Government vaccine eligibility checker.

Phase 1a rollout continues concurrently with phase 1b, ensuring that the most at risk continue to be vaccinated.

For more information visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 response milestone

Today marks one year since the declaration of a Major Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic in South Australia.

Under the declaration, staff across SA Health and other Government agencies have worked tirelessly to provide support and advice which has been fundamental in keeping South Australians safe.

COVID-19 case update

There was one one new case of COVID-19 reported over the weekend. The case was a child who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  •  0 new cases today
  • 14 active COVID-19 cases
  • 642 confirmed cases in total
  • 624 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 218 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 14,787 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 1,901 tests yesterday
  • 1,148,372 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 15 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 219: Monday 15 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The first South Australians today received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now fully vaccinated. Both vaccines currently used in South Australia require two doses. To ensure the highest efficacy, both doses are required and must be completed with the same vaccine. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Interstate COVID-19 exposure locations

Queensland Health and NSW Health have identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites.

The latest information and advice is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

Regional quarantine of seasonal workers

More than 1,000 seasonal workers will arriving in South Australia over the coming months with a specialty regional quarantine facility to be set up in the Riverland. 

The Department for Primary Industries and and Regions has worked closely with SA Health and SA Police to ensure the facility at Paringa meets strict safety standards. 

This will be a different process to the medi-hotel program and the workers will be over and above the repatriation of returning Australians. 

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases include a man in his 40s, a woman in her 40s and a child, who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

Over the weekend, there were five cases of COVID-19 reported. The cases included a woman in her 20s, a man in his 30s and three children, who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 634 confirmed cases in total
  • 620 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 148 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 7,272 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 1,943 tests yesterday
  • 1,130,470 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 218: Friday 12 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun this week for staff and residents in residential aged care facilities operated by Local Health Networks.

The Commonwealth Government continues to vaccinate aged care staff and residents in Commonwealth Government operated residential aged care facilities in South Australia.

South Australians living with disability and their frontline carers in residential care facilities also began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week.

COVID-19 vaccine efficacy

In the below video, Professor Nicola Spurrier answers some of the top questions around the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

Wastewater results

The most recent testing results of wastewater received last night in the CBD have returned negative. SA Health will continue to take regular samples and monitor trends. The most likely explanation for higher results over the weekend is attributed to shedding of old cases and the high concentration of visitors in the CBD.

Find more information on the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDwastewater.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases are a man in his 50s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

The other case is a man in his 30s who also recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. Serology is underway to determine if this is an old infection. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 626 confirmed cases in total
  • 618 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 860 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 5,822 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,764 tests yesterday
  • 1,122,985 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 12 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 12 March 2021 - Dept. of Health

This edition includes information about the continuing rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine including information about influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, an update to the vaccine consent forms, vaccine schedule for the aged care workforce, an update to the excess dose use policy and information about monitoring and reporting adverse events.

You will also see a reminder about the eligibility of Phase 1b of the vaccine rollout, an update on cold chain responsibilities and information about the vaccine rollout to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

There is a reminder to complete the online survey that has been announced to assist the national review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs being conducted by Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adj Professor Alan Lilly.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. You can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 11 - Important Information for RACF: Updated Emergency Management Directions RACF No.33 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

From 12:01 am Thursday 11 March 2021 The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 32) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 was revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 33) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

The sole change allows for a person to enter a RACF for the purpose of participating in a group activity led or supervised by an employee, contractor, student or volunteer of the facility. Other existing requirements in the RACF direction remain in place.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 11 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 217: Thursday 11 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

In the below video, Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, answers top questions around the COVID-19 vaccine for people breast feeding and planning pregnancy.

Positive wastewater results

Testing results last night showed a decrease in levels of COVID-19 within our wastewater, however, the results are still high.

SA Health are taking regular samples to monitor trends, with the two most likely explanations remaining shedding of old cases along with the concentration of visitors in the Adelaide CBD area, or, undetected cases within the community.

Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should seek testing as soon as possible. To find a testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

Find more information on the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDwastewater.

Residential aged care Direction update

Updates have been made to the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction. The Direction has been amended to allow a person to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility for the purpose of participating in a group activity led or supervised by an employee, contractor, student or volunteer of the facility. Group activities may include things such as arts classes, exercise or recreational activities such as bingo.

More information, including the new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. Today’s cases are a woman in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

The other two cases are a man in his 20s and a woman in her 50s who also recently returned from overseas. Both are considered to be old infections but have been added to South Australia’s case numbers as they have not been diagnosed and reported overseas. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 624 confirmed cases in total
  • 617 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 575 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 4,871 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 3,822 tests yesterday
  • 1,119,221 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 10 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 216: Wednesday 10 March 2021

South Australia COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Guided by the Australian national rollout strategy, SA Health has released the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

Further planning is underway to support the rollout of Phase 1b in late March, with further phases to follow shortly afterwards.

Clinics opened today at Oakden Ambulance Station, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Port Pirie Hospital, Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service and a second clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the South Australian roll out, is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au

Positive wastewater results

COVID-19 continues to be detected in wastewater from Adelaide CBD North (B11 wastewater catchment area). The catchment area does not include medi-hotels.

There is the possibility that the positive results could be due to people with historic cases shedding the virus, especially due to the large number of interstate travellers attending the Fringe and other festivals, who may be shedding the virus.

Anyone who has been in the Adelaide city area in the last week – whether for work, rest or play – should get tested if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild.

To find a testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

Testing wastewater can help provide early warning of undetected active cases in the community. Find more information on the COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDwastewater.

COVID-19 case update

There have been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 621 confirmed cases in total
  • 613 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 450 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 4,274 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,191 tests yesterday
  • 1,115,399 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

*COVID-19 vaccines administered by SA Health. Does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in SA.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 4 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 213: Thursday 4 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

Regional vaccinations commence from tomorrow when Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital start vaccinating their frontline healthcare workers, followed by Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service next week. 

Both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be used to vaccinate South Australians within all phases of the COVID-19 vaccination program. They have both met the extremely high safety standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, undergoing the full approval requirements and have a good safety profile in clinical trials and in surveillance with widespread use in populations overseas.

To find out more about COVID-19 vaccinations visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new case today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 618 confirmed cases in total
  • 610 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 356 vaccine doses administered yesterday
  • 2,682 total vaccine doses to date*
  • 2,791 tests yesterday
  • 1,101,682 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 3 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 212: Wednesday 3 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The first 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have arrived in South Australia today. Plans are underway to determine which groups of Phase 1a will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine and the clinics that will administer it. 

As frontline staff working in medi-hotels and the airport, Alf and Leena were among the first in South Australia to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A week on, they shared their experiences in this video.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. The case is a man in his 60s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. Serology testing is underway to determine if the case is an old infection. 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 618 confirmed cases in total
  • 610 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 406 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 2,326 total vaccinations to date
  • 3,291 tests yesterday
  • 1,098,890 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 2 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 211: Tuesday 2 March 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine update
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) opened today and is the third clinic to open its doors in South Australia. The WCH clinic will administer the COVID-19 vaccine to its frontline healthcare workers. The clinic will aim to administer around 200 vaccinations in its first week.

SA Health is expecting to receive 20,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine this week.

Find more information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 testing site update
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) COVID-19 testing clinic will be closing permanently at close of business today Tuesday 2 March. This will allow for the TQEH redevelopment works to safely commence in the area.

More information and alternative testing options is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

COVID-19 case update
There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. One case is a woman in her 60s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

The second case is a woman in her 60s who is considered to have an old infection but has been added to our case numbers as she had not been diagnosed and counted overseas.

Upon further investigation a previously reported case has confirmed their diagnosis was recorded overseas and has subsequently been removed from our case numbers.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 617 confirmed cases in total
  • 610 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 290 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 1,920 total vaccinations to date
  • 2,382 tests yesterday
  • 1,095,599 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 2 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 2 March 2021 - Dept. of Health

Guidance on COVID-19 vaccine consent

Residential aged care providers are responsible for obtaining and recording resident consent for the COVID-19 vaccine, which must be completed ahead of the vaccination day.

Consent is required for both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Consent for receiving both doses can be obtained at the same time, prior to the first dose.

The residential aged care provider must keep a record of the resident’s consent. This record will be used to confirm consent prior to both doses.

  • If you receive verbal consent, confirm that consent is being provided for two doses of the same vaccine. Record this through your usual practices.
  • If you use the Department of Health’s consent form, or an alternate form of written consent, ensure consent is understood as being provided for the two doses of the same vaccine.

Visit the Department of Health’s website for more information or to read the consent form in other languages.

COVID-19 vaccine scenario mapping and triage process

The COVID-19 rollout is one of the country’s most complex logistical operations. To help and support residential aged care facilities navigate and manage various scenarios, the following document is available online:

This document also includes information on the Department of Health’s excess dose policy for Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in residential aged care facilities.

Aged care staff eligibility for phase 1a

Residential aged care staff eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in phase 1a include all people working at a residential aged care facility who are responsible for resident care, support and services for residents, maintenance and administration. Clarification and guidance is available online:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

March 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 210: Monday 1 March 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

South Australia’s third COVID-19 vaccine freezer arrived at the Lyell McEwin Hospital today. This specialised Ultra-Low Temperature Freezer is designed to operate efficiently at -70 degrees Celsius and can store up to 280,000 vaccine doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

SA Health clinics have already provided almost 2,000 doses in the first week of the vaccine rollout to medi-hotel and airport staff, including frontline healthcare workers in testing clinics and Emergency Departments.

Find more information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update 

There have been three new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man in his 60s and two men in their 30s who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Serology is underway to determine if these are old infections.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 6 active COVID-19 cases
  • 616 confirmed cases in total
  • 606 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 149 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 1,630 total vaccinations to date
  • 1,808 tests yesterday
  • 1,093,218 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 26 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 209: Friday 26 February 2021

Border restriction update

Border restrictions with Victoria have today been lifted and travel from Greater Melbourne is now permitted without the need for quarantine or testing.

In addition, people travelling to South Australia from New Zealand will be treated as overseas arrivals and will be required to complete 14 days quarantine.

More information, including the new Directions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Public Activities Direction update
Effective 26 February 2021, people are permitted to dance at licensed premises and nightclubs with the following restrictions:

  • 199 people or less at the premises – dancing is permitted, provided the 1 person per 2 square metre rule is applied.
  • Between 200 and 999 people at the premises – dancing is permitted  but there must be a single dedicated dance floor or area with no more than 50 people in that area at any one time. The 1 person per 2 square metre rule applies.
  • 1000 people or more – the premises must have an approved COVID Management Plan.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Supervised Quarantine update

The updated Supervised Quarantine Direction came into effect today. People who work at a medi-hotel site are unable to also be employed or undertake any work at a Residential Aged Care Facility, Correctional Service facility, Health Care facility or Aboriginal Community.

People who work at a medi-hotel site or designated Red Zone at the Adelaide Airport are required to:

  • submit to daily saliva testing except on the days when they undertake a nasal swab COVID-19 test.
  • to submit to a nasal swab COVID-19 test at least once every 8 days, ending 14 days after the person last worked at the site.

The new Direction and updated frequently asked questions is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 testing site update

The Yamba and Bordertown COVID-19 Mobile Testing Clinics will be closing permanently at close of business Sunday 28 February. 

More information and alternative testing options is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 613 confirmed cases in total
  • 606 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 310 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 1,053 total vaccinations to date
  • 3,729 tests yesterday
  • 1,085,993 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 26 - Important Information for RACF: Updated Emergency Management Directions RACF No.32 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

From 12:01 am Friday 26 February 2021 The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 31) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 was revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 32) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Key changes:

  • In line with the easing of cross border travel restrictions, visitors from Greater Melbourne who have not been in a high risk site are now permitted to visit a RACF in South Australia, provided they advise the site that they have been in a “high community transmission zone” in the past 14 days and wear personal protective equipment during their visit.
  • Flu Vaccination: By 1 June 2021, all staff and visitors to a RACF must be vaccinated against 2021 seasonal influenza. Existing exemption criteria continue to apply.

If a RACF is unable to access an adequate supply of the influenza vaccine by 1 June 2021 or an employee or contractor is unable to receive the influenza vaccination by 1 June 2021 due to the timing of their COVID-19 vaccination:

    • You must notify the Department for Health and Wellbeing via officeforageingwell@sa.gov.au within 2 business days of 1 June 2021 to advise that staff have not been able to be vaccinated due to the above reasons (include the timing of COVID-19 vaccinations being offered to staff in the RACF, where applicable).
    •  You must take all reasonable steps to ensure that all staff are vaccinated as soon as reasonably practicable after 1 June 2021, or following the preferred minimum interval of 14 days between administration of the COVID-19 vaccine and the influenza vaccine.

Other existing requirements in the RACF direction remain in place.

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 26 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 26 February 2021 - Dept. of Health

This edition includes further information about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine including information on triaging and directing enquiries and guidance around staff eligibility. There is also information about resources including guidance for monitoring for side effects of COVID-19 vaccine, a COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for frail older people published by the Department of Health and translated information for residents and workers. There is a link to the OPAN COVID-19 webinar replay.

This edition also includes the latest health directions for aged care providers in both New South Wales and Queensland, as well as a good practice guide designed by the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre to provide direction on creating and reviewing an Outbreak Management Plan (OMP).

A collection of easy read resources about the COVID-19 vaccine, published on the Department of Health’s website, are also available in this edition of the newsletter.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. You can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 24 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 207: Wednesday 24 February 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 12.01am Friday 26 February, border restrictions with Victoria will be lifted. People will be able to travel from Victoria into South Australia without testing or quarantine requirements.

More information, including the new Cross Border Travel Direction, will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au shortly.

COVID-19 vaccine update

So far in South Australia, a total of 405 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered by SA Health. This figure does not include vaccines administered by the Commonwealth Government in aged care and disability facilities. Moving forward, these statistics will continue to be provided in this update.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case reported today. The case is a man in his 40s who has returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. The case is considered an old infection, but has been added to SA’s numbers as it has not been previously counted overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 613 confirmed cases in total
  • 605 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 235 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 405 total vaccinations to date
  • 4,842 tests yesterday
  • 1,078,780 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 25 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 208: Thursday 25 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Australian Government will provide free COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone living in Australia, including refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders, and those on bridging visas. People currently residing in detention facilities will also be eligible, including those whose visas have been cancelled.

Vaccines, like any other medication or natural therapy, can have side effects. As part of regulatory assessment of all vaccines, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) considers information about possible side effects. For a vaccine to be registered for use in Australia, the benefits must outweigh the risks.

Possible side effects are minor and may include pain and swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle and joint pain, chills and fever. Most side effects last no more than a couple of days and do not require special treatment. Serious reactions like allergic reactions are extremely rare.

Even after a vaccine is given, it is still monitored for safety. Healthcare professionals contribute to ongoing monitoring by informing the TGA of any side effects, even if they are very minor.

As part of vaccine safety surveillance, vaccine recipients may receive a text message from the AusVaxSafety program three days and eight days after the vaccine asking if they have had any side effects.

Find more information on South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine roll out at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 613 confirmed cases in total
  • 606 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 340 vaccines administered yesterday
  • 745 total vaccinations to date
  • 3,103 tests yesterday
  • 1,081,883 tests in total
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 206: Tuesday 23 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccine update

South Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program started yesterday.
Thank you to all the frontline workers who are rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated.

The first 4,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have already arrived. Each week SA Health will continue to receive more stock from the Commonwealth Government to enable the vaccination of priority groups.

In the coming months, South Australia will progress through a carefully planned phased roll-out to offer a vaccine to all those who want to be vaccinated.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccination program is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a woman in her 60s and a man in his 50, who have both returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 4 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,993 tests yesterday
  • 1,073,938 tests in total
  • 612 confirmed cases in total
  • 604 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 23 - National review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs - revised dates - online workshop registrations now open - Dept. of Health

National review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian RACFs – revised dates – online workshop registrations now open

Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly have been commissioned by the Department of Health to undertake a national review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities.

The review will examine lessons learnt from the management of COVID-19 outbreaks and identify critical factors which could reduce the risk of future outbreaks of COVID-19 and increase the likelihood of rapid detection and timely response to COVID-19 or any other infectious disease outbreaks.

The review is not service specific, instead drawing general conclusions from providers’ experiences, including those who managed to contain the spread within services. The review will provide recommendations to Government on how preparedness and responsiveness to potential future outbreaks may be supported, monitored and evaluated.

The team is seeking a cross section of representatives from Residential Aged Care Approved Providers to contribute to this work, through participation in a series of online workshops.

The workshops will be undertaken in the second and third weeks of March and will provide an opportunity to inform the review and its recommendations. Each workshop has fifty places and is scheduled for 2.5 hours during the revised dates below:

  • Wed 10 March: 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Mon 15 March: 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Tue 16 March: 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • Tue 16 March: 2:30pm to 5:00pm

** Please note workshop timeframes have been revised to provide more notice to Approved Providers at this very busy time. **

In order to access a range of views and perspectives, each Approved Provider should only nominate one (preferably an executive member) person to attend, who can represent the views of the Approved Provider.

Eligible representatives of Approved Providers of Australian RACFs can register via Eventbrite.

The workshops will complement online surveys (coming soon) which will be directed to the RACF-level and a series of interviews with providers which are already underway.

Should you have any queries with regard to the workshops, please email the reviewers at: agedcarecovid19review@gmail.com and they will respond to you directly.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 24 - COVID-19 vaccine update - Dept. of Health

Residential aged care facilities can choose to engage with local media on the vaccine rollout

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout to aged care facilities is attracting significant media attention.

Residential aged care facilities can engage directly with media and participate in coverage if they choose. You do not need to direct all media enquiries to the Department of Health.

Choosing to interact with the media is at the discretion of each residential aged care facility.

Each residential aged care facility can choose to publish their location and timing of scheduled vaccination at their own discretion, taking into consideration the privacy and safety of its residents and workers.

The Department of Health’s Media Team has proactively sourced residential aged care facility vaccination file footage that may alleviate sector concerns and satisfy media requirements.

If a residential aged care facility has any concerns about engaging with the media or require access to file footage, they may contact the Department of Health’s Media Team via news@health.gov.au or phone (02) 6289 7400 / 0466 533 960.

Guidance information is available for facilities who would like to engage with media. You can request a copy by emailing communication.agedcare@health.gov.au

Phase 1b rollout information for CHSP and HCP providers

As part of the national COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy, workers in community and in-home aged care will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Phase 1b along with other health care workers.

Phase 1b of the rollout includes staff who deliver services through Home Care Packages (HCP) and/or the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

How will those people in phase 1b receive the vaccine?

People receiving Commonwealth-funded home and community aged care will be able to access vaccination through vaccination clinics or GP practices as soon as they become eligible for the vaccine.

To determine your eligibility to access the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use our new vaccine eligibility checker.

Information about the phased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program is also available on the Department of Health website.

Guide to help frail older people make a decision about COVID-19 vaccination

The Department of Health has published a decision guide to help people who are frail or very old, including those living in residential aged care facilities and their representatives, make an informed decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The guide includes information about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, risks for older people, and current known side effects.

Please share this information with your residents and their families, carers and substitute decision-makers.

Any person considering getting a vaccine can also choose to talk to their GP or other health professional to help make an informed decision.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to aged care, visit the Department of Health website or subscribe to our COVID-19 vaccines update.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 23 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 205: Monday 22 February 2021

SA COVID-19 vaccine update

In a historic day, South Australian frontline workers have rolled up their sleeves to be among the first people in the country to vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medi-hotel staff, Adelaide Airport staff, medi-hotel transfer staff and SA Police red zone staff will be the first to get vaccinated this week, followed by staff from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital emergency departments, respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and COVID-19 testing clinics.

SA Health received 4000 doses of the vaccine yesterday, delivered to hubs at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, with another 8000 expected over the next three weeks to vaccinate 12000 South Australians.

More hubs and clinics will come online across the state in the coming weeks to prioritise vaccinating those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

A Commonwealth Government led in-reach vaccination workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines over the coming weeks.

For more information on the vaccine and the vaccine roll out, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,436 tests yesterday
  • 1,069,938 tests in total
  • 610 confirmed cases in total
  • 603 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 22 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs

COVID-19 VACCINATION STARTS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

In a historic day, South Australian frontline workers are some of the first people in the Australia to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Medi-hotel staff, Adelaide Airport staff, medi-hotel transfer staff and SA Police red zone staff will be the first to get vaccinated this week.

Following this, staff from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Noarlunga Hospital emergency departments, respiratory wards, Intensive Care Units and COVID-19 testing clinics will be next.

Yesterday 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to the vaccine hubs at Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, with another 8,000 expected over the next three weeks.

A Commonwealth Government Department of Health led vaccination workforce will ensure residential aged care and disability care residents and staff receive their vaccines over the coming weeks.

A small number of sites across Australia have been identified by the Commonwealth’s Department of Health as the first locations to receive Phase 1a vaccinations. The Department of Health will contact these initial sites and work closely with the providers.

More hubs and clinics will open across South Australia in the coming weeks to vaccinate those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.

The arrival of the vaccine is a game changer in our fight against COVID-19 and we are committed to ensuring that every eligible South Australian has access to the vaccine by the end of 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout across South Australia will be undertaken in line with the Commonwealth Government’s Vaccine Roadmap.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au, including frequently asked questions.

Please help us by sharing this information with your community.

For up to date information visit our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Source: Multicultural Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 19 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 204: Friday 19 February 2021

SA COVID-19 vaccine update

The South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program will begin next Monday 22 February 2021. Priority groups in Phase 1a, including medi-hotel workers, people working in the processing of international arrivals and health care workers from areas most of risk of being exposed to COVID-19, will be the first to receive the vaccine.

Plans are also underway with the Commonwealth Government to vaccinate aged care and disability residents and workers, due to commence in the next week.

Both the Pfizer vaccine and the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which was approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday, have proven to be safe and effective.

More information about the vaccine, including frequently asked questions, is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID SAfe Check-In update

Following the updated Public Activities Direction, any business/place/activity collecting manual records of entry must ensure that the records are kept in a manner which reduces the risk of them being copied, photographed or used by another person (other than an authorised officer).

A range of resources for businesses and consumers, including a new manual contact tracing record template and a ‘Tips for Businesses’ poster, is available at www.sa.gov.au/checkin.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,980 tests yesterday
  • 1,059,106 tests in total
  • 608 confirmed cases in total
  • 601 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 18 - SA COVID-19 vaccine FAQs from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
As you are aware, the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program is expected to begin on Monday 22 February, with residential aged care residents and workers to be among the first people offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

The implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program across residential aged care facilities in South Australia is being managed by the Commonwealth Government (except for SA Government operated RACF), and a COVID-19 Vaccine aged care readiness toolkit has now been posted on the Australian Department of Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-aged-care-readiness-toolkit

To support the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine program in South Australia, SA Health has published a series of frequently asked questions, including information on safety and testing. Please distribute this information amongst your residents and staff to assist them in making informed decisions about being vaccinated.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 18 - Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 31) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 31) (COVID-19) Direction 2021:

Effective from 4.54 pm, Tuesday, 16 February 2021, a new Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 31) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 came in to effect.

Under the current direction, a person who was physically present in Greater Melbourne between 0.01 am 28 January 2021 and 0.01 am Wednesday 17 February 2021 (other than a person who transited via Melbourne Airport until 11.59pm on 6 February 2021 and who was in a low community transmission zone for the 14 days preceding the transit)  may enter or remain  on the premises of a RACF after receiving written confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test.

Other existing requirements in the RACF direction remain in place.

Emergency Management (Supervised Quarantine No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2021:

Effective from 12.01 am, Wednesday 17 February 2021, a new Emergency Management (Supervised Quarantine No 4)(COVID-19) Direction 2021 came in to effect.

These changes impact RACF.

The changes include:

  • People who work, are employed or engaged at a medi-hotel site are unable to work, be employed, engaged or be present at a high risk setting if they have worked in a medi-hotel in the last 14 days.
  • A person who is employed or engaged at a high risk setting must inform their employer of the fact that they are employed at a medi-hotel.
  • A person must not be present at a high-risk location if they have been employed at a medi-hotel in the previous 14 days.
  • A high risk setting includes: Residential Aged Care Facility; Correctional Service,  training centre or other place of custody; meatworks or meat processing facility; or Health Care facility  as defined in Schedule 2 (a) of the Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction
  • A high risk location includes an Aboriginal community as described in Schedule 1 of this Direction.
  • A person who works at a medi-hotel site is required to submit to daily saliva testing except on the days when they undertake a PCR COVID-19 test.

SA Health Facebook Site:

Please also note, SA Health has been caught up in the Facebook restrictions that have come into place overnight for Australian news outlets.

Our website remains active and you can still follow our Instagram and Twitter for all your health news.

The full version of the Aged Care Direction is available at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/aged-care

The full version of the Supervised Quarantine Direction is available at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/medi-hotel-testing

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 18 - New information on obtaining and recording consent and preparing sites ahead of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out - Dept. of Health
The Department of Health has published new information—a readiness toolkit—to our website for residential aged care facilities about preparing for the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines and obtaining and recording consent for residents.

Residential aged care facilities should familiarise yourselves with this information and start planning. You can also share the relevant information below with residents and their families, carers and loved ones.

The COVID-19 vaccination program commences in aged care facilities from late February. It will take a number of months to roll-out the full vaccination program.

The following resources are now available for residential aged care facilities:

  • Planning checklist for vaccination day
  • Consent process flow-chart
  • Site readiness checklist
  • Clinical governance requirements
  • Consent in the residential aged care context

The following information is also available for facilities, workers, residents and their families, carers and loved ones:

  • Information on COVID-19 Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine
  • Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination
  • What to expect before, and on, the day of vaccination
  • After your COVID-19 vaccination
  • Consent form

Information about reporting adverse events will be available soon along with more resources for providers, workers and residents.

More information and support

We encourage you to visit the Department of Health’s information for aged care providers and workers page on our COVID-19 vaccines website for up to date information. You can also subscribe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine updates.

For advice on how to best support residents living with dementia or cognitive impairment, you can contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 (Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm).

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 17 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 202: Wednesday 17 February 2021

SA COVID-19 vaccine update

The South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program is expected to begin at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre on Monday 22 February.

Ultra-low temperature freezers to store the vaccine are now installed at both sites, and around 4000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to be delivered over the weekend.

Frontline workers, including medi-hotel and airport red zone staff, will receive the vaccine in the first week, and more than 12,000 people will be vaccinated in the first three weeks.

More information about the vaccine and the vaccine roll out is available at covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine FAQs

A series of new frequently asked questions about the South Australian COVID-19 vaccine program are now available, including information on safety and testing.

COVID-19 Direction update

There have been changes to the Public Activities, Supervised Quarantine and Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions. Find more information, including the new Directions and frequently asked questions, are available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 6,195 tests yesterday
  • 1,047,665 tests in total
  • 608 confirmed cases in total
  • 601 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 17 - Important Information - COVID-19 vaccine update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
The first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine has arrived in Australia. SA Health is preparing to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine and is planning to start vaccinating those priority groups in Phase 1a from the week beginning 22 February 2021. It is expected that doses of the vaccine will be limited in the first few weeks, so work is underway to prioritise the groups in Phase 1a and determine the order of vaccination within these groups.

In addition, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to AstraZeneca Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia.

Please refer to the attached information sheet for more information about the following topics:

  • Pfizer vaccine rollout
  • Vaccination hubs and clinics
  • GP and Pharmacy Expression of Interest
  • Training and workforce
  • Protection against new strains
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine in South Australia?
  • Play your part in the fight against COVID-19

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

Download the COVID-19 vaccine information sheet – 16 February 2021

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 16 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 201: Tuesday 16 February 2021

COVID vaccine update

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has today been granted provisional approval to AstraZeneca Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second COVID-19 vaccine to receive regulatory approval in Australia.

The first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Australia and SA Health is preparing to receive and distribute the first doses.

It is expected that doses of the vaccine will be limited in the first few weeks, so work is underway to prioritise the groups in Phase 1a.

For the latest information, visit www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 testing site update

Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi drive-through and Aldinga drive-through COVID-19 testing sites have updated operating hours due to heat.

On 17 to 19 February, Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi drive-through COVID-19 testing site will open 6.30am to 10.30am and reopen 6pm to 9pm. Aldinga drive-through COVID-19 testing site open 8.30am to 12.30pm.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 3 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,932 tests yesterday
  • 1,041,470 tests in total
  • 606 confirmed cases in total
  • 599 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 16 - Media Release: TGA approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine - Prime Minister of Australia
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia following a full and thorough assessment process.

The vaccine has met the required standards for safety, quality and efficacy and will be provided free to Australians.

This means Australia now has two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available.

Initial supply into Australia will be imported from overseas. In the coming months, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be manufactured in Australia. Australia is one of a small number of countries in the world that can manufacture its own COVID-19 vaccine.

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is provisionally approved in Australia for active immunisation to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, in individuals 18 years of age and older.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the announcement.

“The TGA has found the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective and I welcome their thorough assessment process,” the Prime Minister said.

“Safety is our number one priority and our own medical experts have carefully made their assessments before giving approval of the vaccine.”

The TGA has reviewed all of the available evidence and determined that two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be safely administered to an individual 4-12 weeks apart.

Drawing from the advice of the TGA and also from the implementation of the program internationally, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has determined that to create the very best immune response, ensure the most effective clinical protection and maximise broader community coverage, the two doses of the vaccine should be administered 12 weeks apart.

However, if this preferred interval is not possible, for example because of imminent travel, cancer chemotherapy, or major elective surgery, a minimum interval of 4 weeks between doses can be used.

The AstraZeneca vaccine can be handled and stored like most other vaccines. For a large country like Australia, this provides some distinct benefits in relation to distribution and storage, particularly in rural and remote areas, including Indigenous communities.

Today’s announcement follows a rigorous and independent assessment of the vaccine’s safety, quality and efficacy by the TGA. The approval is subject to certain strict conditions, such as the requirement for AstraZeneca to continue providing information to the TGA on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said the AstraZeneca vaccine will help save lives and protect lives.

“Data from clinical trials tells us that the AstraZeneca vaccine will stop people becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. This is – and must – be our first priority. It would be irresponsible of us to put anything ahead of this,” Minister Hunt said.

“The global evidence is of overwhelming protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and loss of life.”

Overnight the World Health Organization said, “This regimen was shown in clinical trials to be safe and effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, with no severe cases and no hospitalisations more than 14 days after the second dose.”

On the 3 February 2021 the Lancet Journal said, “COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca confirms 100% protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death in the primary analysis of Phase III trials.”

Minister Hunt said, “Importantly the TGA has conducted a full and thorough, and world class assessment process.”

“As the rollout begins, the people in priority groups who need the most protection will receive a vaccine first. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers.”

The Australian Government has secured 53.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 50 million doses being manufactured here in Australia.

Every safety and regulatory box has been ticked for provisional approval – and further ones will now be ticked in the lead up to March.

The Pfizer vaccine remains on track to be rolled out from 22 February 2021.

Further details are available at aus.gov.au

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 15 - Media Release: First Pfizer Vaccine Doses Arrive in Australia - Prime Minister of Australia
More than 142,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have arrived at Sydney airport in a major milestone in Australia’s response to the pandemic.

This is the first shipment of 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine the Government has secured as part of Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy.

The doses have been securely transported from the airport. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will batch test the vaccines to ensure they meet Australia’s strict quality standards.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country was on track for the first and most vulnerable Australians to start receiving the vaccine from 22 February.

“The vaccine has landed and we’re stepping up our fight against the pandemic,” the Prime Minister said.

“Once the final safety checks are completed we can start rolling out the vaccine to our most vulnerable Australians and to our frontline border and health workers.

“The hard work of Australians has meant we’re in an enviable position in our fight against the pandemic so we’ve been able to take the time to properly assess our vaccine decisions and give our world-class regulator the time they need to review the safety of the jabs.

“While we’re taking the time to get the rollout right, I am confident all Australians who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive a vaccine this year.”

Approximately 80,000 doses will be released of the Pfizer vaccine in the first week. Approximately 50,000 vaccines will be made available for the states and territories for hotel quarantine and border workers and frontline healthcare workers. Approximately 30,000 vaccines will be made available for the Commonwealth vaccine in-reach workforce to aged care and disability care residents.

It is expected that of these, at least 60,000 will be administered by the end of February with others to be continually administered thereafter.

Subject to TGA approval and shipping confirmation of the international AstraZeneca vaccine, it is expected these numbers will double from early March. Phase 1a remains on track for first round doses to be delivered within a six week period.

In lessons learnt in rollouts around the world and on the advice of experts, approximately 60,000 vaccines will be provisioned to ensure consistent supply and sufficient stock for second doses. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered at 21 days after the first dose.

The Phase 1a priority groups will ensure our quarantine and border workers, frontline healthcare workers and aged care and disability care residents and staff that the most vulnerable will receive priority access to the vaccine.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt said, “The Pfizer vaccine will save lives and protect lives.”

“Australians can be reassured this vaccine has gone through rigorous, independent testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to ensure it is safe, effective, and manufactured to a high standard,” Minister Hunt said.

“These vaccines will now go through further batch testing to further check for quality and efficacy, ensuring all Australians have confidence in the vaccines they receive.”

The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered through hospital ‘hubs’ across Australia, and in residential aged care and disability care facilities.

Logistics company DHL has been engaged to support the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine across Australia.

The company, along with a network of 200 ultra-low temperature portable freezers, will ensure Australians across the country, including in rural and remote areas, are able to access the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees.

By following the medical advice, Australia has maintained a diverse portfolio of vaccines, and are constantly engaging with international counterparts and vaccine sponsors to access the best available information on vaccine developments worldwide.

Pending TGA approval, the Government has also secured 53.8 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses and 51 million doses of the Novavax vaccine. Each is sufficient to vaccinate every Australian who chooses to be vaccinated in 2021.

The Australian Government has also signed up to the international COVAX facility, which provides access to a range of vaccines to immunise up to 50 per cent of the Australian population.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first vaccine to receive provisional approval for use in Australia by the TGA. The TGA bases such decisions on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine candidates.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

 

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 15 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 200: Monday 15 February 2021

COVID positive hotel update

People in South Australia who test positive to COVID-19 will now be transferred to a new dedicated facility at Tom’s Court.

The 72 bed hotel is staffed exclusively with SA Health and SA Police staff for nursing and security purposes.

Cases diagnosed prior to the opening of Tom’s Court will complete their quarantine at the Pullman Hotel.

To ensure the state’s hotel quarantine process is as safe as possible, daily saliva testing has been rolled out for medi-hotel workers, in addition to the weekly nose and throat swab testing.

 

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,174 tests yesterday
  • 978,287 tests in total
  • 602 confirmed cases in total
  • 596 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 5 - Important Information - COVID-19 vaccine from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
Last week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced provisional approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Australia is one of the first countries to be able to undergo a complete assessment and approval process. During the TGA’s rigorous and independent assessment of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness, all steps have been taken and data analysed.

The Australian Government’s latest advice remains that the first doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive and be rolled out in late February.  Final dates will be confirmed by Pfizer shortly and are subject to shipping and distribution. The priority is to protect our most vulnerable Australians first, and the frontline workers who are protecting all of us. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers. Our first priority groups are expected to receive their first doses of the vaccine as soon as it can be received from Pfizer and the necessary assessment is undertaken by the TGA, prior to its distribution. Significant planning is well underway for the roll out of the vaccine to the priority groups and the wider community, and SA Health is continuing to work with the Commonwealth to finalise those details.

A safe and effective vaccine will be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19 and all South Australians over 16 years of age will have access to a vaccine in the coming months. The vaccine is safe, effective and will be provided for free. The vaccine will be one of the most important tools to protect our community, however all need to continue to be COVID Safe:

    • Practise good hygiene
    • Practise physical distancing
    • Stay home and get tested when sick
    • Check in to venues and events using the COVID SAfe Check-In.

SA Health is your trusted source for information on the South Australian COVID-19 vaccination program. For up to date information visit their website and follow on Facebook or Twitter.

The Australian Government Department of Health also had a range of information about COVID-19 vaccines available on their website.

The National Coronavirus Helpline is the front door for all vaccine enquiries for the community and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 5 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 195: Friday 5 February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination hubs

Nine vaccination hubs will be established across metropolitan and regional South Australia, used to vaccinate key front-line health care workers, quarantine and airport workers and residential aged care and disability staff.

The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be the major metropolitan COVID-19 vaccination hubs during the roll out of the first phase of the vaccine, with regional hubs at the Riverland General Hospital in Berri, Mount Gambier Hospital, Whyalla Hospital, Pt Pirie Hospital, and Pt Augusta Hospital.

The hubs are key sites for the initial implementation of the vaccine program. Additional clinics will be established around the state for future stages of the vaccination roll out.

More information is available at www.covidvaccine.sa.gov.au.

Western Australia border update

People travelling from the Perth, Peel or South West regions of WA are now permitted to enter South Australia and must:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
  • wear a surgical face mask at any time you come into contact with the public until you receive a negative test result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 12. There is no requirement to remain in quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 result in the first test (unless you have symptoms).

People currently in quarantine from the Perth, Peel or South West regions of WA may immediately leave quarantine, provided they have received at least one negative COVID-19 test since entering SA. They must complete the remaining of their COVID-19 tests on days 5 and 12.

More information, including new Directions and frequently asked questions, will be available on www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Victorian border update

People travelling to South Australia from Greater Melbourne, or who have been in Greater Melbourne since 28 January 2021 must get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. They must get tested again on day 5 and 12. There is no requirement to self-quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 result in the first test, unless they have symptoms.

Anyone who was at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Melbourne, 123 Collins Street Melbourne, or a close contact, between 12.01 am 21 January and 12.01am 31 January, must immediately self-quarantine and complete this survey to notify SA Health that you were at this location.

Anyone who was at one of the public exposure sites identified on the Department of Health and Human Services website at the specified dates and times must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID-19 test. They must get tested again on day 5 and 12 of quarantine and complete this survey to notify SA Health that they were at one of these locations.

COVID-19 testing site update

A COVID-19 testing site has opened in Bordertown. The site will operate 9am to 5pm, 7 days at the corner of Naracoorte Road and South Terrace, Bordertown. No booking or referral is required and all ages are accepted.

The Oodla Wirra COVID-19 mobile testing site will be closing today.

More information and testing options are available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 2 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,174 tests yesterday
  • 978,287 tests in total
  • 602 confirmed cases in total
  • 596 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 2 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 193: Tuesday 2 February 2021

WA border update

Effective 2.00 pm 2 February 2021, the following areas are considered prohibited zones:

  • Perth region
  • Peel region
  • South West region

People are not permitted to travel to South Australia from the above areas unless they are an essential traveller, escaping domestic violence, a returning South Australian resident or relocating to South Australia.

People may travel to South Australia from all areas of Western Australia outside of the above prohibited zones (Perth, Peel and South West regions). They must get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and self-quarantine until a negative result is received. They must get tested again on day 5 and day 12, but there is no requirement to quarantine unless they have symptoms.

People currently in quarantine who have travelled from Western Australia since 26 January 2021 and who have not been in a prohibited zone (Perth, Peel and South West Regions) are able to immediately leave quarantine if they have received a negative COVID-19 test result. They must get tested again on day 5 and day 12.

More information, including new Directions, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a man in his 20s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival. Serology testing is underway to determine if this is an old infection.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 1 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,110 tests yesterday
  • 966,963 tests in total
  • 597 confirmed cases in total
  • 592 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 5 - Updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 28)(COVID-19) Direction 2020 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health
Effective from 3.30pm, Friday, 5 February 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 27) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 is revoked and replaced with Direction No 28.

These updates reflect changes to cross border arrangements.

The following persons are prohibited from entering or remaining on the premises of a RACF in South Australia:

The following persons are permitted to enter a RACF in South Australia after receiving written confirmation of a day 1 negative test:

  • A person who arrives from a restricted location (within the meaning of the Cross Border direction):
    • Greater Melbourne;
    • the Greater Sydney Region, as defined by the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 (NSW);
    • Central Coast Council local government area (NSW);
    • Wollongong City Council local government area (NSW);
  • A person who has travelled from Western Australia
  • A restricted New Zealand arrival (within the meaning of the Cross Border direction).

Other existing requirements of the previous Direction remain in place.

The full version of the Aged Care Direction is available at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/aged-care

The full version of the Cross Border Direction is available at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/cross-border-travel

Further information about COVID-19 and Aged Care is available on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 1 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 186: Monday 1 February 2021

WA border update

From 10.15pm 31 January 2021, people who have been in Western Australia in the previous 14 days will not be permitted to enter South Australia.

Anyone who travelled to SA on or after 26 January from WA must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days, commencing 31 January. They must get a COVID-19 test immediately and again on day 5 and day 12 of quarantine.

Anyone who was at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Perth on or after 24 January must immediately self-quarantine and complete the below survey to notify SA Health that you were at this location: forms.service.sa.gov.au/index.php/748583

More information, including a new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

NSW border update

Effective 12.01am Sunday 31 January, people travelling to South Australia who have been in the Greater Sydney Region (as defined by the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 NSW), Central Coast Council or Wollongong City Council in the previous 14 days must:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 12. There is no requirement to remain in quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 result in the first test (unless you have symptoms).

People currently in quarantine from Greater Sydney Region, Central Coast Council and Wollongong City Council are able to leave quarantine, provided they have received at least one negative test result since arriving in South Australia.

New Zealand border update

Effective 10.15pm 31 January 2021, anyone travelling from New Zealand must:

  • get a COVID-19 test within 24 hours and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
  • get tested again on day 5 and day 12. There is no requirement to remain in quarantine after receiving a negative COVID-19 result in the first test (unless you have symptoms).

People who are currently in self-quarantine, having travelled from New Zealand under a previous Direction, are no longer required to complete the remainder of their 14 day quarantine period, provided they have received at least one negative COVID-19 test result since entering SA. They will be required to get a COVID-19 test on day 5 and day 12.

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing. The new Direction is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

Further investigations have determined that an overseas acquired case reported yesterday was an old infection and has been removed from South Australia’s case numbers.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 0 active COVID-19 cases
  • 2,153 tests yesterday
  • 963,853 tests in total
  • 596 confirmed cases in total
  • 592 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 3 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 194: Wednesday 3 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccine information

SA Health is working closely with the Australian Government Department of Health to develop an implementation plan for South Australia in line with the Vaccine Roadmap announced by the Federal Government.

COVID-19 vaccines will be one of the best tools we have to protect the Australian community.

The Australian Government Department of Health website has a range of news, information and resources about the development, approval process and plans for COVID-19 vaccines.

More information will be available on the SA Health website as it becomes available.

COVID-19 case update

There have been four new cases of COVID-19 today. This includes three members of a family, a man in his 50s, a woman in her 20s and a teenager. The other case is an unrelated man in his 40s. All these cases are overseas acquired and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,736 tests yesterday
  • 971,699 tests in total
  • 601 confirmed cases in total
  • 592 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

February 1 - Older Persons Advocacy Network—COVID-19 vaccine webinar and Q&A
In February the Australian Government will begin a phased roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia.

Residential aged care facility (RACF) workers and residents, GPs, other health professionals and people who regularly provide care and support visits or volunteer within RACFs will be among the first people who can choose to receive the vaccine.

Free online webinar

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) will host a panel of medical professionals in a free webinar to discuss COVID-19 vaccination and provide information to help older Australians make an informed decision about being vaccinated.

The webinar will be held online this Thursday 4 February 2021 from 3–4pm AEDT.

Providers are encouraged to let aged care residents and consumers know about the online webinar and are welcome to view the webinar themselves.

Why the webinar is important

Having the COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary, but strongly encouraged.

As with all aspects of care, older Australians have the right to make their own choices about the medications they take and to be fully informed about their medicines and vaccinations.

It is important that all available facts are provided to people so that they can make an informed decision for themselves or for someone they love or support.

The online webinar will help you learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, the ability of vaccination to protect older people from COVID-19, and how to support older people to decide if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for them.

Topics and speakers

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • What we know so far about the COVID-19 vaccines
  • The Australian Government’s National Rollout Strategy for aged care facilities and the broader community
  • Information needed for someone to make an informed choice and consent to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
  • How to determine if the COVID-19 vaccination is the right choice for you or your loved one
  • Individual rights in aged care, including about medicines and vaccines
  • How to support an older person receiving aged care to exercise their rights.

The following people will be on the panel:

  • Dr Melanie Wroth, Chief Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
  • Dr Edward Strivens, Clinical Director, Older Persons, Subacute and Rehab (OPSAR), Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
  • Dr Daman Langguth, Clinical Immunologist and Immunopathologist, The Wesley Hospital (Brisbane)
  • Mr Craig Gear, OAM, CEO Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN).

A live question and answer session will follow the discussion.

How to register for the webinar

Register to attend the COVID-19 Vaccine – What You Need to Know webinar online.

The webinar will be held this Thursday 4 February 2021 from 3 – 4pm AEDT.

More information

More information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is outlined in the Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and the COVID-19 Vaccines National Rollout Strategy.

More information about OPAN is available at opan.com.au.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 25 - TGA provisionally approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia - Dept. of Health
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

The first priority groups in Australia will start receiving a vaccine in February.

This registration means Pfizer’s vaccine has met the TGA’s rigorous standards for safety, quality and efficacy, and will be provided for free to all Australian residents.

It has been provisionally approved in Australia for people 16 years of age and over.

Two doses will be required, administered at least 21 days apart.

The approval is subject to strict conditions, and Pfizer will be required to continue providing information to the TGA on the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccine.

Priority groups such as aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine will be delivered at up to 50 hospital sites across Australia, and in residential aged care and disability care facilities.

The National Rollout Strategy details how the vaccine will be distributed more widely over coming months through over 1,000 distribution sites.

The next steps in the process will include batch testing these newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, and finalising distribution sites.

This Australian Government has several agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in place, including those produced by AstraZeneca and Novavax.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 25 - Pfizer vaccine approved - Media release: Prime Minister of Australia

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has today provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

The Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy.

The TGA provisional approval is for individuals 16 years of age and older. Two doses will be required – at least 21 days apart.

A priority group of Australians are expected to now receive their first dose of the vaccine as soon as it can be received from Pfizer and the necessary checks are undertaken by the TGA, prior to its distribution.

The latest advice given to the Government from Pfizer is that shipping and the first vaccinations are expected to be in late February.

If there are delays in shipping or production, the possibility remains that commencement could be in early March, however guidance remains for late February.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the TGA approval was an important step in the fight against COVID-19.

“I welcome the TGA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine, with our own Australian experts finding it is safe, effective and of a high standard,” the Prime Minister said.

“Australians should take confidence in the thorough and careful approach taken by our world-class safety regulator.

“Our priority has always been to keep Australians safe and protect lives and livelihoods.  Today’s approval is another big step forward for our community, particularly in the protection of our most vulnerable people.”

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the-world class regulators at the TGA have been working tirelessly to introduce a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in Australia.

“The TGA’s processes are I believe the best in the world and we have ensured that they are thorough.” Minister Hunt said.

“The TGA has placed safety above all else.”

“Australia’s high bar has been met; the vaccine has been approved as effective in stopping severe disease. I thank all those involved in the development and assessment of this COVID-19 vaccine, including the researchers, Pfizer, BioNTech and the medical experts at the TGA who have worked around the clock and over Christmas.”

“This approval and the upcoming roll out of the vaccine will play an important part in our ability to manage the pandemic in 2021.”

“Australia’s vaccination program has been based on the medical advice from the medical expert panel led by Professor Brendan Murphy.  As a result we are in the fortunate position of having secured 140 million doses of vaccine, one of the highest per capita rates in the world. We will continue to review the medical advice and monitor and adapt to developments around the world,” Minister Hunt said.

The Government continues to work with Pfizer on the final date of delivery of vaccines, noting that Pfizer has experienced some temporary production delays from its European manufacturing plant as it ramps up production to meet extraordinary global demand.
The Government’s latest advice remains that the first doses of Pfizer are expected to arrive and be rolled out in late February.  Final dates will be confirmed by Pfizer shortly and are subject to shipping and distribution.

In Australia the vaccine will be rolled out in five phases over the coming months and, over time, will involve more than 1,000 vaccination administration sites.

Head of the TGA, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt said the TGA has been working non-stop to get the Pfizer vaccine assessed, while maintaining the most rigorous standards of safety, quality and efficacy.

“I would like to thank our clinical and medical officers, scientists, pharmacists and experts in statistics, laboratory analysis and manufacturing assessment who have worked tirelessly on assessing this vaccine,” Adjunct Professor Skerritt said.

“We’re thrilled to have this product pass the rigorous regulatory process and receive provisional approval.”

“Our job is by no means done. In fact the monitoring of vaccine safety post-approval is an important part of the regulatory review of vaccines.

“We now check the individual batches of vaccines that are destined for Australians while closely monitoring the safety and efficacy of the vaccine as it is rolled out.

“We will also continue our work on the regulatory review for potential approval of other vaccines, notably the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines, as well as vaccines delivered through the COVAX facility.”

As the rollout begins across 30 – 50 hospital sites, people who need protection the most will get the vaccine first. This includes aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers.

The priority groups have been determined based on the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) which oversees Australia’s highly successful immunisation program.

“There is intense ongoing work which will continue over the coming month, including batch testing of newly arrived doses, establishing cold storage facilities for the vaccine, training health providers to administer it, finalising distribution sites with states and territories, checking sites and protective equipment for safety, and scaling up systems for ongoing safety monitoring,” Minister Hunt said.

The Australia Government, states and territories, regulators and the health and medical sectors are working together to finalise arrangements under the Australian Vaccination Strategy and detailed roll out plans. Further information about the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine National Roll-out Strategy can be found on the Department of Health website.

Phase 1a
Quarantine and border workers
Frontline health care worker sub-groups for prioritisation
Aged care and disability care staff
Aged care and disability care residents
Number of doses up to 1.4m
Phase 1b
Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
Other health care workers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people > 55
Younger adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability
Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
Number of doses up to 14.8m
Phase 2a
Adults aged 60-69 years
Adults aged 50-59 years
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 18-54
Other critical and high risk workers
Number of doses up to 15.8m
Phase 2b
Balance of adult population
Catch up any unvaccinated Australians from previous phases
Number of doses up to 16m
Phase 3
< 16 if recommended
Number of doses up to 13.6m

About the TGA Provisional Approval Pathway

The provisional approval pathway allows sponsors to apply for time-limited provisional registration on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Approval through the provisional pathway is on the basis of preliminary clinical data where there is the potential for a substantial benefit to Australian patients. For more information visit the TGA website.

 

Source: Prime Minister of Australia


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 22 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 18 November 2020 - Dept. of Health
Thank you for continuing to stay up to date with the latest information via this newsletter.

This edition includes an update on the roll-out strategy for the COVID-19 vaccines. Residential aged care facilities will play an important role in protecting residents and workers.

We also cover the conclusion of the single site funding arrangement (SACWIC Grant) and the latest aged care directions in NSW and QLD. There are also reminders on staying up-to-date with exposure locations and IPC Lead training requirements.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates. Please note you can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Update on Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines for residential aged care facilities
    • Funding support for single site arrangements is ending
    • Updated NSW directions to aged care providers for visitors and staff
    • Updated Queensland directions for aged care providers and visitors
    • Reminder: Stay up to date with COVID-19 exposure locations and alerts
    • Reminder: IPC lead training requirements
  • Resources
    • Updated: COVID-19 guidelines for infection prevention and control in residential care facilities
    • Report: Weekly data snapshot on COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care

 

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 21 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 186: Thursday 21 January 2021

COVID-19 restriction update

From Friday 22 January, the number of people permitted in a residential premises will increase. Up to 200 people will be permitted in residential premises, providing there is an approved COVID safe plan, QR Code and COVID Marshal. The 1 person per 2 square metre applies to all gatherings.

Gatherings of up to 50 people at residential premises are still permitted without these additional requirements.

More information, including a new Public Activities Direction, is available on the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website.

Port Augusta testing site update

From Saturday 23 January, the Port Augusta COVID-19 mobile testing clinic will be changing its operating hours to 9am to 9pm, seven days. To find other COVID-19 testing locations visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

COVID-19 case update

There has been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man is his 40s and a woman in her 20s, both who returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival. Both cases are considered old infections but have been added to our numbers are they were not previously reported overseas.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new case today
  • 5 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,594 tests yesterday
  • 931,274 tests in total
  • 596 confirmed cases in total
  • 587 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 20 - COVID-19 Update from Multicultural Affairs Updates
COVID-19 vaccine

The Commonwealth Australian Department of Health will be rolling out Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine.

SA Health is working closely with the Department of Health to develop a vaccine plan for South Australia.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will be different from other vaccination programs.

It will be made available to South Australians in phases from mid-February.

The first phase will be made available to people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.

This includes residents and staff of aged and disability care facilities, medi-hotel and airport staff and health care workers in high risk areas, such as COVID-19 testing clinics and emergency departments.

The vaccine program will take time to roll out. It is expected the vaccination of the general community will begin from mid-2021.

Each person requires two doses of the vaccine, so it will take time for all South Australians to be immunised against the virus.

More information about how, where and when people can access the vaccine will be available in the coming months.

Once the vaccine is available in Australia, it will only be one of keeping the community safe and healthy. It is important people continue to practice good hygiene, physical distancing and getting tested and staying home when sick.

Some key information about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The first doses of the vaccine will be given to people who need it most.
  • The vaccine will be free.
  • The vaccine will be available for everyone in South Australia in a phased roll out.
  • The vaccine will be voluntary.
  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration assesses the vaccine for safety, quality and effectiveness.

Source: DPC: Multicultural Affairs Updates


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 20 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 185: Wednesday 20 January 2021

COVID-19 testing site update

A number of testing sites have updated operating hours this weekend due to the hot weather forecast.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January

  • Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am, 6pm to 9pm
  • Hampstead drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am, 6pm to 9pm
  • Repat drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am, 6pm to 9pm
  • Aldinga drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am
  • Port Adelaide drive-through – 6.30am to 10.30am

To check the opening hours or to find other alternative testing locations near you visitwww.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting

Outdoor drive-through and walk-in testing sites may close at short notice due to weather. Follow SA Health on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates on site closures.

COVID-19 vaccine update

The Commonwealth Australian Department of Health will be rolling out Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine. SA Health is working closely with the Department of Health to develop a vaccine plan for South Australia.

The vaccine will be first made available to South Australians in phases from mid-February.

Some key information about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • The first doses of the vaccine will be given to people who need it most.
  • The vaccine will be free.
  • The vaccine will be available for everyone in South Australia in a phased roll out.
  • The vaccine will be voluntary.
  • The Therapeutic Goods Administration assess the vaccine for safety, quality and effectiveness.

More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDvaccine.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. The case is a man is his 30s who recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new case today
  • 6 active COVID-19 cases
  • 3,755 tests yesterday
  • 927,680 tests in total
  • 594 confirmed cases in total
  • 584 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 16 - Updated Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Effective 0001 hours on Sunday 17 January 2021, the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 28) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

Key changes:

QLD border restrictions

  • From 0001 on 21 January 2020, Greater Brisbane will join the rest of QLD as a low community transmission zone.

Under the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction 2021, ‘low community transmission zone’ has the same meaning as in the Cross Border Travel Direction. As such, from 21 January 2020, visitors Greater Brisbane will be permitted to enter a RACF in South Australia within 14 days of arrival.

Please note that restrictions on visitors from prohibited locations in NSW remain in effect at this time.

Visit the Cross-border travel page for more information.

Updated advice in relation to aged care visitation will be included on the SA Health website shortly: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 16 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 184: SATURDAY 16 January 2021

Border restriction update

Effective 12.01am Sunday 17 January, people entering South Australia from the Greater Brisbane Area will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. They will be required to seek a COVID-19 test on day 1, day 5 and day 12.

People currently in quarantine from the Greater Brisbane Area must remain in quarantine until contacted by SA Health and authorised to leave.

Anyone who visited particular high risk locations must remain in quarantine for the remainder of their 14 day quarantine period. More information on these locations is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDcontacttracing.

From 12.01am Thursday 21 January, people entering South Australia from the Greater Brisbane Area will no longer be required to seek COVID-19 testing (unless they have symptoms). However, people who enter between 12.01am 17 January and 12.01am 21 January must complete all three tests (day 1, day 5 and day 12).

More information, including a new Direction, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 case update

There have been two new cases of COVID-19 today. The cases are a man is his 40s and a child who both recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,164 tests yesterday
  • 915,555 tests in total
  • 593 confirmed cases in total
  • 577 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 15 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 183: FRIDAY 15 January 2021

Queensland border restriction update

From 12.01am Sunday 17 January, South Australia will ease quarantine restrictions for people who have been in the Greater Brisbane Area. Testing on Day 1, 5 and 12 will still be required.

More information, including a new Direction, will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au soon.

COVID-19 Peppers medi-hotel cluster review

SA Health has released a review into the COVID-19 cluster at the Peppers medi-hotel in November 2020. There was no observed significant breach in personal protective equipment (PPE), and no direct contact between guests and medi-hotel staff.

No single event or significant breach in infection control practices appears to be clearly responsible for the transmission of COVID-19 from the primary case to medi-hotel staff or the other guests.

Rather a combination of events and factors, including minor breaches in infection control practices and airflow, are considered most likely to have created an environment where the potential for transmission could occur. Seven recommendations have been made to address these factors and reduce the risk of transmission occurring again within a medi-hotel as outlined in the report.

COVID-19 case update

Today’s case is a woman in her 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 6,485 tests yesterday
  • 911,391 tests in total
  • 591 confirmed cases in total
  • 577 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 15 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 18 November 2020 - Dept. of Health
Today’s newsletter contains information about a free webinar that will be held by the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC) on Friday 15 January. The webinar will provide an update on COVID-19 in the Victorian aged care sector and lessons learnt from the outbreaks of 2020.

There is information on the support the Australian Government is currently providing for single site working arrangements in Queensland, Victoria and NSW, as well as a reminder on IPC lead training requirements and further details about asymptomatic testing in metropolitan Melbourne Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs).

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates.

Please note, you can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • VACRC webinar update on COVID-19 in the Victorian aged care sector
    • Australian Government support for single site working arrangements
    • Updated NSW directions for aged care providers and visitors
    • Updated Queensland directions for aged care providers and visitors
    • Reminder on IPC lead training requirements
    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 exposure locations and alerts
    • Information about asymptomatic testing in metropolitan Melbourne RACFs
  • Resources
    • Report: Weekly data snapshot on COVID-19 outbreaks in Residential Aged Care.
    • Multicultural stakeholder kit – How are you feeling today? Campaign resources
    • COVID-19 collection guide – labelling

To access the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 14 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 182: THURSDAY 14 January 2021

NSW border restrictions

Effective 12.01am today, the following areas are considered Prohibited Locations:

  • Greater Sydney Region (as defined by the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 NSW)
  • Central Coast Council (NSW)
  • Wollongong City Council (NSW)

People are not permitted to travel to South Australia from the above prohibited locations unless they are an essential traveller or have an exemption.

People who entered South Australia from New South Wales between 8 January and 13 January 2021 who are currently in quarantine can apply to SA Health for a review of their quarantine requirement. They must be able to provide evidence (eg receipts or accommodation records) that they have not been in a Prohibited Location in the preceding 14 days. Applications with supporting evidence should be made using the SA Health Essential Traveller exemption application.

People who entered South Australia before 8 January 2021 must remain in quarantine for the remainder of their 14 days. For more information and the latest updates visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

The new Cross Border Travel Direction, Supervised Quarantine Direction and updated frequently asked questions are available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

COVID-19 vaccine update

Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to all South Australians is a key priority for SA Health. SA Health is working closely with the Commonwealth Department of Health to develop an implementation plan for South Australia in line with the Vaccine Roadmap announced by the Federal Government.

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout will be complex and vastly different from how vaccination programs are normally administered. It is expected that the vaccine will first be made available to South Australians incrementally from mid-February.

As doses will initially be limited, access to vaccines during the early period of the roll out will be made available to those who are most vulnerable to the effects of COVID 19 or who have the highest risk of being exposed to, or spreading, the virus.

The first phase will include residents and staff of aged and disability care facilities, medi-hotel and airport staff, and health care workers working in high risk exposure and transmission areas, such as COVID testing clinics and emergency departments. The program will take several months to roll out, with vaccination of the general population expected to begin from mid-2021.

For the latest information visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidvaccine or follow SA Health on Facebook and Twitter.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,850 tests yesterday
  • 904,906 tests in total
  • 590 confirmed cases in total
  • 575 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 14 - COVID-19 Mental Health Translated Resources Available Now - Department of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic and the related social and economic impacts of physical distancing and isolation measures have had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, with particular challenges faced by multicultural communities.

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 Mental Health Campaign (the Campaign) has launched to encourage people to prioritise their mental health, learn how to know the signs of someone not coping, and provide information on the support services available.

Cultural Perspectives is contacting you on behalf of the Department of Health to seek your support to raise awareness of this campaign and the key messages around mental health in multicultural communities. We have developed the following resources in multiple languages that can help you talk to your community, including:

  • A stakeholder toolkit with campaign information, social media images and copy, newsletter and web text
  • Multilingual factsheets:

           Signs and symptoms
           Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
           Where to go for help and support

To help multicultural communities whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking you to please support the campaign by downloading the resources and sharing them through your communications channels (website, newsletters, social media) into your communities and networks.

Together we’re hoping to:

  • Destigmatise that anyone’s mental health and wellbeing can be affected by the pandemic (and other challenges experienced this year like floods and bushfires);
  • Build literacy around knowledge and identifying signs when something is wrong;
  • Support communities to make mental health and wellbeing a priority, seek help if needed; and
  • Encourage help seeking behaviours.

Download the Toolkit

Coronavirus has affected many people around the world. Look out for your community members and help them understand the importance of looking after their mental health with these multilingual factsheets. They are available in 16 languages, including: Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek, Spanish, Sinhalese, Tamil, Korean, Macedonian, Indonesian, Nepali, Urdu, Croatian and Persian.

Download the factsheets:

About headtohealth.gov.au
Head to Health can help you find online mental health services from trusted Australian mental health service providers and organisations.
Head to Health brings together free and low-cost apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services, as well as a range of digital information resources.

Visit the Website

Source: Cultural Perspectives on behalf of the Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 13 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 181: WEDNESDAY 13 January 2021

New South Wales update

From midnight tonight, people travelling from regional New South Wales will be allowed to enter South Australia but will require a COVID-19 test on day one, day five and day 12. There will be no requirement to isolate while awaiting test results unless you have symptoms.

More information will be available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au soon.

COVID-19 face masks update

Face masks (covering mouth and nose) are mandatory at all times while on an airplane or at any airport during your journey. People present at an airport in South Australia must also wear a face mask. This includes people working at the airport.

There are some exemptions to this requirement:

  • A person is not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition (evidence of a relevant medical condition must be produced on request i.e. letter from GP or medical professional).
  • A mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • A mask is not required to be worn when a person is eating or drinking.
  • A child under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask.

Learn more about face masks: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDmasks

COVID-19 case update

Today’s cases are two men in their 30s who recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 2 new cases today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,212 tests yesterday
  • 899,056 tests in total
  • 590 confirmed cases in total
  • 575 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 13 - Refresher module - mandatory training requirements for aged care workers from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

Under clause 6(1)(b) of the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction 2020, all employees or contractors who provide personal care or nursing care to residents at a RACF must complete COVID-19 Infection Control Training of a kind, frequency and by a date determined by the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

To comply with the Direction, all relevant workers were required to complete the Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers online training module, available at https://launch.sahealth.sa.gov.au/ by 1 October 2020. (New staff and staff returning from leave are required to complete the training prior to entering the premises of a RACF). RACF must keep records of completion of the mandatory COVID-19 infection training, which must be provided to an authorised officer on request.

COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training

All employees or contractors who provide personal care of nursing care to residents at a RACF must complete the COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training online module every two (2) months. RACF must keep records of completion of the mandatory COVID-19 infection training, which must be provided to an authorised officer on request.

The COVID-19 Infection Control Refresher Training online module consists of four scenarios. After reading each of the scenarios, staff will be asked a question about what could have been done differently in the scenario. The module takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Important: Every 2 months, staff need to re-complete the same refresher training module. The module needs to be reset before commencing – staff will need to log in and then click ‘Reset course and start again’. Then click ‘Start course’.

 Access the refresher training module here: https://launch.sahealth.sa.gov.au/

For further information about COVID-19 and aged care in South Australia, please visit: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidagedcare

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 12 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 180: TUESDAY 12 January 2021

Wastewater testing results

Weekly wastewater testing results will be made available on the SA Health website.

Testing wastewater can help provide an early warning signal of COVID-19 infections in people living in a particular wastewater catchment area.
However, it can also be due to people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 who can sometimes continue to shed virus fragments into the sewerage system for several weeks even after they are no longer infectious.

Positive results do not necessarily mean there is a risk to the community. SA Health will inform the community when a positive result requires action from the community.

COVID-19 testing update

People who are due to have a COVID-19 test on Wednesday 13 January, or are feeling unwell and need to get a test, are encouraged to plan ahead. Regular updates of clinic wait times will be provided on the SA Health Facebook page.

For testing clinic location and opening hours visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,690 tests yesterday
  • 893,844 tests in total
  • 588 confirmed cases in total
  • 569 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 11 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 179: MONDAY 11 January 2021

COVID-19 testing site update

A number of testing sites have updated operating hours this week due to the hot weather.

To check the opening hours or to find an alternative testing location, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting.

Bushfires and COVID-19

People in self-quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19 can leave their home if they are in an emergency or their home is unsafe. They should try to get back home as soon as they can safely.

During an emergency, if people need to attend an emergency relief centre or a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge, they need to stay outside, alert emergency services (eg, Police or relief authorities at the location) and follow instructions. People should review theirBushfire Survival Plan.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new COVID-19 case today. The case is a child who recently arrived from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 15 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,462 tests yesterday
  • 889,156 tests in total
  • 588 confirmed cases in total
  • 569 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 8 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 178: FRIDAY 8 January 2021

COVID-19 Queensland update

Queensland Health has identified a number of COVID-19 public exposure sites. If anyone was at a location listed on the Queensland Health contact tracing website and they are currently in SA they should:

  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing the last day they were at the exposure site.
  • Get a COVID-19 test immediately and again on day 5 and day 12 of quarantine.
  • Contact SA Health at health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and advise you were at a location.

If you have been in Greater Brisbane Area between Saturday 2 January and Thursday 7 January 2021:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately. Self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • You must get a second COVID-19 test again on 13 January. You do not need to self-isolate after your second test unless you have symptoms.
  • You must not attend any event with an approved COVID Management Plan or attendance of over 1,000 people (e.g. a major event or festival).

If you have been in Greater Brisbane Area since Saturday 2 January and travel to SA on Friday 8 January:

  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately. Self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test again on day 5 and day 12. You do not need to self-isolate after your second or third test unless you have symptoms.
  • You must not attend any event with an approved COVID Management Plan or attendance of over 1,000 people (e.g. a major event or festival).

If you have been in Greater Brisbane Area since Saturday 2 January and travel to SA from 12.01am Saturday 9 January:

  • You are required to self-quarantine for 14 days commencing on the date of your arrival in SA, not counting the day of arrival.
  • You must get a COVID-19 test immediately within 24 hours, on day 5, and day 12.

For the latest information and advice visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There have been three new cases today including a man in his 40s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s who all recently returned from overseas and have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 3 new cases today
  • 12 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,482 tests yesterday
  • 874,438 tests in total
  • 585 confirmed cases in total
  • 569 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 8 - Protecting Older Australians: COVID-19 update 18 November 2020 - Dept. of Health
As this is our first newsletter for 2021, we would like to wish everyone working hard to protect older Australians in their care a very Happy New Year. We would also like to remind you that this bulletin is now published weekly.

Today’s newsletter contains updated information on visitation directions for RACFs. Aged care providers and staff are urged to ensure they remain up to date with state and territory health orders, particularly as they relate to COVID-19 hotspots.

This edition includes information on surveillance testing of asymptomatic aged care staff and residents in NSW and Victorian residential aged care facilities. There is also a general reminder on accessing personal protective equipment (PPE).

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams and encourage them to subscribe for future updates.

Please note, you can view past editions of the Protecting Older Australians Newsletter.

Anyone living in an aged care facility, their family or representative who needs support should contact the Older Person’s Advocacy Network on 1800 700 600.

In this edition:

  • What’s new:
    • Updated advice on visitation restrictions for residential aged care facilities
    • Testing of asymptomatic staff and residents of NSW and Victorian residential aged care facilities
    • General reminder on using and sourcing PPE
    • Stay up to date with COVID-19 exposure locations and alerts
  • Resources
    • Updated fact sheet: Guidance on preparing for and implementing single site workforce arrangements
    • Report: Weekly data snapshot on COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care.
    • Updated campaign resources: National COVID-19 mental health campaign

To read the newsletter, click here

Source: Department of Health, Protecting Older Australians newsletter


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 7 - Australia's COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy announced - Department of Health
The Australian Government has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy.

The Prime Minister has announced Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy, which details sites and priority populations for initial vaccinations, and the phases in which vaccine doses will be made available in Australia.

View the Prime Minister’s announcement.

View the strategy.

Source: Department of Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 7 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 177: THURSDAY 7 January 2021

COVID-19 exposure locations

COVID-19 public exposure locations continue to be identified in other states. Please visit the SA Health website for the latest information and advice at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,430 tests yesterday
  • 868,956 tests in total
  • 582 confirmed cases in total
  • 568 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 6 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 176: WEDNESDAY 6 January 2021

New South Wales update – Amended time

NSW Health has identified a venue in Broken Hill (NSW) visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you visited Gourmet Cribtin on Saturday 2 January 10.00am – 10.40am (Central Time):

  • Get tested immediately.
  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing the last day you were at the exposure site.
  • Contact health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and advise you were at the location.

Victoria update

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has identified new COVID-19 public exposure locations including Chadstone and East Melbourne (MCG). Visit the SA Health website to check exposure site locations, dates and times, and follow the advice: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

COVID-19 case update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 today. Today’s case is a teenager who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since her arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 1 new cases today
  • 11 active COVID-19 cases
  • 6,254 tests yesterday
  • 863,526 tests in total
  • 582 confirmed cases in total
  • 567 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 5 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 175: TUESDAY 5 January 2021

New South Wales update

NSW Health has identified a venue in Broken Hill (NSW) visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you visited Gourmet Cribtin on Saturday 2 January 10.40am – 11.20am:

  • Get tested immediately.
  • Immediately self-quarantine for 14 days commencing the last day you were at the exposure site.
  • Contact health.coronavirusenquiries@sa.gov.au and advise you were at the location.

For more information, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidcontacttracing.

Cross Border Travel Registration

People travelling from New South Wales, who completed a Cross Border Travel application before 1 January 2021 and have not yet travelled, should reapply. If you are planning travel to SA, aim to complete the cross border travel registration form at least 7 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

COVID-19 case update

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 today. Further investigations have determined two overseas acquired cases reported yesterday are old infections and have been removed from our case numbers.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 0 new cases today
  • 10 active COVID-19 cases
  • 5,877 tests yesterday
  • 857,272 tests in total
  • 581 confirmed cases in total
  • 567 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

January 4 - COVID-19 Update from Office for Ageing Well, SA Health

COVID-19 UPDATE 174: MONDAY 4 January 2021

New COVID-19 cases

Four new cases of COVID-19 today, including three women in their 20s and one man in his 30s. All recently returned from overseas and returned positive results on their day one test. All have been in a medi-hotel since their arrival.

South Australian COVID-19 Cases

  • 4 new cases today
  • 13 active COVID-19 cases
  • 4,606 tests yesterday
  • 851,395 tests in total
  • 583 confirmed cases in total
  • 566 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • 4 COVID-19 related deaths

Source: Office for Ageing Well, SA Health


COVID-19 Response – South Australia’s plan for easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Emergency Declaration and Directions – SA Government
Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus is important and support is available. For personal crisis and mental health support services you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348 at any time.

Where to Find More Information

Coronavirus Health Information

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support for Older Australians, their relatives, carers, friends or supporters on 1800 171 866.

 

Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1800 020 080

 

SA COVID-19 Information Line

1800 253 787

 

“Coronavirus Australia” government app & WhatsApp channel

Download the “Coronavirus Australia” government app in the Apple App Store or Google Play
Join Department of Health WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

 

Healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online Symptom Checker

Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time. Online Symptom Checker

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
COVID-19 vaccine aged care stakeholder kit – This stakeholder kit contains information about the COVID-19 vaccine national roll out program for aged care residents, workers and their families.

COVID-19 vaccine information in your language – Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

Department of Health Information and Resources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources – includes video, print, and radio resources

Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector – Your starting point for up-to-date and authoritative information and advice on COVID-19 for the health and aged care sector.

CDNA guidance for symptom monitoring in health and aged care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak – This document from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) is for health and residential aged care settings considering monitoring workers for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Providing aged care services during COVID-19 – Resources and advice for aged care providers and workers who deliver services in residential aged care and in-home care settings. Find out when you must not go to work, getting coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, identifying symptoms in older people, and protecting yourself and the people you care for.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information on the use of surgical masks – An information sheet that answers questions about the use of surgical masks and coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – When to use personal protective equipment in aged care – This flowchart outlines when and how aged care workers should wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and others against coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) wearing personal protective equipment in aged care video – Alison McMillan, Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, demonstrates how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for aged care workers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for workers in residential aged care facilities – An information sheet for residential aged care workers about how to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for in-home care workers – An information sheet for in-home care workers about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers – An information sheet for health care and residential care workers about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Personal monitoring technology for senior Australians – Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) service providers can use unspent 2019–20 funding to buy up to $1000 worth of personal monitoring technology for vulnerable clients during COVID-19. Older Australians receiving Home Care Packages can also use their packages to access monitoring services.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for older people

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance infographic – Updated daily

South Australian Information and Updates
SA Health Coronavirus disease COVID-19 page

SA Health – Aged Care Restrictions

SA Health Latest Updates – The latest official COVID-19 news and updates from SA Health

SA Round Up Reports – The round up report is a daily breakdown of the Information and guidelines related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are frequently changing as the situation evolves.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) South Australian dashboard and daily update – Snapshot of the South Australian situation, and clear information regarding current restrictions.

Emergency Declaration and Directions – Includes directions regarding residential aged care facilities, cross-border travel, public activities, and isolation following diagnosis or close contact.

Open Your World, the new statewide wellbeing strategy, platform and campaign.

Translated Resources
SA  Health – 6  Simple Steps – 26 languages

SA Health – Ramadan During COVID-19 – 8 Languages

SA Health – COVID-19 symptoms – Get tested poster – 16 languages

SA Health – Multicultural and translated resources – COVID-19

Department of Health – COVID-19 vaccines multicultural audiences stakeholder pack

Department of Health – A list of resources about COVID-19 in other languages. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.

It’s ok to have home care Factsheet – This language set contains translations of information sheets for older people who may have an aged care worker visiting them at home. – Department of Health

Information about COVID-19 and the COVIDSafe app is available in 63 languages on the Department of Home Affairs website.  The COVIDSafe app privacy policy is also available in 63 languages.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – When to use personal protective equipment in aged care (other languages) – Department of Health – This language set contains translations of the personal protective equipment (PPE) in aged care flowchart. This flowchart outlines when and how aged care workers should wear PPE to protect themselves and others against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Department of Home Affairs – 63 different languages, including the following resources

    • Stay COVID Free Do The 3
    • Testing for COVID-19
    • What you need to know about Coronavirus
    • Help for finances and mental health
    • Protecting you from Coronavirus
    • Easing of Restrictions
    • Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia
    • COVIDSafe app – New tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19
    • It’s OK to have home care

SBS Portal – 63 languages – videos are also available on YouTube

Ethnolink – Collated selection of translated resources from various official sources, ordered by language.

Department of Health and Human Services – Government of Victoria

Mental health support

Head to Health

During times like these it is important to continue to connect with people (online, by phone) and support each other’s mental health and wellbeing. The Australian Government website Head to Health has plenty of information to support you and your communities through this time:

https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support

Beyond Blue

This is a difficult and unsettling time, and if you need mental health support you can call the Beyond Blue Support Service. The free and confidential service is available every day to all Australians online from 3pm to midnight AEST or 24 hours a day by phone on 1300 22 4636.

The Beyond Blue Online Forums have a dedicated ‘Coping with the Coronavirus outbreak’ section for anyone seeking a safe and anonymous place to discuss their mental health and wellbeing. For practical information and tips, please visit Beyond Blue – looking after you mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

MindSpot Wellbeing Plus Course

MindSpot also offers a ‘Wellbeing Plus’ online course for people 60+ years. It aims to help older adults learn to manage stress, anxiety, worry, low mood and depression. The course was funded by a grant from beyondblue. COVID-19 resources are also available on the MindSpot website.

Online Training and Webinars

COVID-19 Infection Control Training – Department of Health

The Department of Health has released a suite of eLearning modules, developed specifically for aged care workers.

The modules include:

  • Infection Control Training Module
  • Module 1: Personal Safety Training
  • Module 2: Families and Visitors
    • Part A: Residential Care Facilities
    • Part B: In Home Care
  • Module 3: COVID-19 and Aged Care
  • Module 4: Outbreak Management Procedures
  • Module 5: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Module 6: Laundry
  • Module 7: Catering
  • Module 8: If you suspect a case of COVID-19
  • Module 9: Work in a home care setting

 

Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers – SA Health

This course is for all employees or contractors who provide personal or nursing care to South Australian aged care homes.

This course meets the infection control training requirements identified by SA Health.

This course may also be relevant to carers working within the disability sector.

 

COVID-19 Free Online Course by Altura Learning

Altura Learning has produced a training video which explains the virus and symptoms of the disease. This course also provides practical demonstrations of hand hygiene, application and removal of PPE and practical strategies to help prepare and mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

 

Webinar on COVID-19 aged care preparation for home environments

Aged care, health and infectious disease experts discuss the role and capacity of home care providers, Community Home Support Programme providers and the assessment workforce as part of the national response to COVID-19.

 

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing questions around advance care planning delivery at this time, Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) and the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) program will host a series of webinars this month for various health sector audiences, including aged care, GPs and healthcare/hospitals.

The ELDAC webinar series will provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

The ACPA webinars feature panellists including ACPA representatives and various sector experts and will cover:

  • advance care planning priorities and actions required in the context of COVID-19
  • roles and responsibilities of the workforce and service providers in advance care planning during COVID-19
  • ACPA resources available for consumers, staff and service providers.

Advanced Care Planning Australia webinars (COVID-19 specific)
Advanced Care Planning Australia webinar library

 

End of Life Directions for Aged Care – ELDAC COVID-19 Webinar Series

What Age Care Providers Need to Know About Older Australians and End of Life Care

The aged care sector is facing an unprecedented challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic. Older Australians have an increased mortality rate if they contract COVID-19 and depending on their pre-morbid condition careful consideration is required to ensure the best care is provided within the right setting. Conversations around treatment decisions and quality of life are critical to ensure an individual’s wishes are known. This webinar series provide a Q&A style format for frontline staff with experts within the aged care and specialist palliative care sectors to explore a broad range of issues facing those working in the aged care sector.

Home Care Providers Webinar – The aim of this webinar is to identify the palliative care issues facing home care providers in the context of COVID-19.

 

OPAN COVID-19 Special Edition Webinars

 

Centre for Dementia Learning

Centre for Dementia Learning is offering, for a short time, two modules of online training for free. The cut off date is 30 June 2020. The modules are:

What is dementia?
A problem-solving approach to behaviours.

Each module can be completed in just one hour. They include short videos and easy-to-read information. As you work through the modules, practical questions will help you apply new ideas to your workplace.

As you complete each module, you can print your own practice improvement plan shaped by your responses.

Free legal help for community groups and social enterprises
Justice Connect has created a range of initiatives to respond to COVID-19 issues. They’re providing legal help to people and community organisations affected by the pandemic.

They have free resources and webinars on issues not-for-profits are facing, including managing contractual obligations, holding meetings, holding AGM’s, and navigating employment challenges.

Resources and FAQ for Not-for-profits

Grants SA - New COVID-19 Support Grants - Closes 30 October 2020

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available for community organisations so they can continue to provide services and support to vulnerable South Australians during this unprecedented time.

A total of $3.35 million has been committed towards the Department of Human Services’ Grants SA COVID-19 Support Grants as part of the State Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Funding will be prioritised to support organisations who provide services to vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians in response to COVID-19.

Applications are now open and close on 30 October 2020. Please visit www.dhs.sa.gov.au/grantssa for the COVID-19 Support Grants guidelines and application form.

For more information
Grants SA Team
Department of Human Services
Phone:
 1300 650 985
Email: grantssa@sa.gov.au

Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-isolation and test status notification form
The Australian Government is collecting this information to help inform the Government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can help by sharing details of self-isolation, and test results (if applicable). This form is voluntary to complete.

COVID Form

Consumer and Business Services - Rental advice due to COVID-19
Recognising the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on a number of South Australians, the State Government is proposing a number of initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected.

Rental advice due to COVID-19

Aged Care Royal Commission and COVID-19

Make a submission on the impact of COVID-19 on aged care services

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for submissions from the general public and organisations relating to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the aged care sector. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2020, but that deadline is also subject to ongoing review, given the effects of COVID-19.

Go to the submissions page to learn more.

Read the latest media release from the Chair of the Royal Commission about COVID-19 issued on Friday 27 March 2020 and visit the about the Coronavirus and the Aged Care Royal Commission page​.


About the Coronavirus and the Aged Care Royal Commission

Call for submissions on impact of COVID-19 on aged care services – 28 April 2020 – Media Release

Royal Commission statement on COVID-19 – 27 March 2020 – Media Release

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
COVID-19 information from the Commission

Guidance resources

There is a section in the accordions that details a range of useful resources related to ‘Managing infection-related risks’. This information can also be found on their Guidance resources page.