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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (also referred to as coronavirus or novel coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China and has since spread globally. There are currently confirmed cases of COVID-19 in nearly all Australian states and territories and the situation is changing rapidly. COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person and symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Current information about COVID-19 shows the majority of people infected have a mild form of the illness, however, older people are at much greater risk of serious illness

Resources

For aged care residents and families

Fact sheet - Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for residents of residential care services, family members and visitors

Fact sheet - Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for families and residents on restricted visits to residential aged care facilities

Fact sheet - Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for older Australians

For non-English speakers or if English is a second language, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) if would like assistance with understanding this information via https://www.tisnational.gov.au/ or phone 131 450.

Special Edition Webinar: COVID-19 and what it means for people in Aged Care

Wednesday 25 March, 9:30am – 10:15am AEDT

Representatives from OPAN, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) (a peak agency of aged care providers), the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and St Andrews Village gave updates and information for older people, their families and their representatives about the current situation in the aged care industry regarding COVID-19.

Media

Letter from the Chief Executive, Department for Health and Wellbeing - COVID-19 advice for providers of residential aged care in South Australia

Useful links

National Coronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080

Australian Government Department of Health - https://www.health.gov.au/

SA Health - https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/

Leading Aged Care Services (LASA) - https://lasa.asn.au/covid-19

Find your local Council - https://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=6561#e7576

Beyond Blue - https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/coping-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Lifeline - https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

National Indigenous Australians Agency - https://www.niaa.gov.au/news-centre/indigenous-affairs/keeping-remote-communities-safe-coronavirus-covid-19

Smart Traveller - https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/