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Staff Update – QLD COVID-19 restrictions - 28th June, 2021

This is an important message to our essential staff at Edmen Community to make sure you are aware of the restrictions in place in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour). It’s a lengthy email, but please read – it contains important information to help keep you safe.

NSW Government mandatory mask wearing: 

·       Masks are mandatory for everyone in the Greater Sydney area and all staff and essential care visitors are required to wear a surgical mask. 

·       A staff member or visitor may remove their mask:

1.      while communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing

2.      if wearing a mask creates a risk to health and safety

3.      where clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential

Close & casual COVID-19 contact locations

This is a quickly evolving situation and there are new close and casual contact locations in Greater Sydney. We encourage all staff to closely monitor location alerts. If you have been to any of these locations during the time and date indicated, you need to:

·       immediately get tested even if you have no symptoms

·       self-isolate until you get a negative result

·       notify your Service Coordinator as soon as possible

·       watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested should any symptoms recur.

Infection control & symptoms

Edmen staff providing care to customers in their homes or at residential facilities are required to follow general advice provided by NSW Health to the public on physical distancing and infection prevention and control. Visit NSW Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) for advice and information.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment NSW

Financial support is available if you cannot earn an income because NSW Health has ordered you to self-isolate or quarantine at home, or you’re caring for someone with COVID-19. Find out if you are eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment NSW.

If you have any questions on the above or if you have had contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case or have been in a contact location, please get tested, isolate, and notify Edmen immediately. We are here to support you and want to do everything we can to keep our staff safe.

Finally, we want to thank you again for your individual efforts during this extraordinary time. Please reach out to your Service Coordinator if you have any questions or concerns about the above.

Look after yourself and take care,

Edmen Community team

Staff Update – New COVID-19 restrictions in QLD - 28th June, 2021

This is an important COVID-19 update to our essential staff at Edmen Community. It’s a lengthy update, but please read – it contains important information to help keep you safe.

A 3 day lockdown has been announced and will be effective from 6pm AEST Tuesday 29 June in Southeast Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island. Increased restrictions are now in place. 

QLD Government mandatory mask wearing: 

If you are in an impacted area or have been in an impacted area at any time since 1am AEST 29 June 2021 you must wear a face mask at all times in public indoor and outdoor spaces. If you work in a disability support facility, you should wear a surgical mask. You must wear a face mask at all times when you are outside your home, unless:

·       you are alone in your car or with the members of your household

·       you are eating or drinking

·       you are at your usual workplace and can physically distance from others (except if you work in a hospitality venue or are a passenger transport operator)

·       you are alone outdoors or with members of your household

·       it is unsafe.

There are some other exceptions to wearing face masks, but if in doubt, wear a face mask. 

 

Close & casual COVID-19 contact locations

This is a quickly evolving situation and there are new close and casual contact locations in Southeast Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island. We encourage all staff to closely monitor location alerts. If you have been to any of these locations during the time and date indicated, you need to:

·       immediately get tested even if you have no symptoms

·       self-isolate until you get a negative result

·       notify your Service Coordinator as soon as possible

·       watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get retested should any symptoms recur.

Infection control & symptoms

Edmen staff are required to follow general advice provided by QLD Government to the public on physical distancing and infection prevention and control. Visit QLD Government - Coronavirus (COVID-19) for advice and information. Staff should also ensure customers have appropriate PPE and follow infection control advice if they need to leave the facility for essential purposes.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment QLD

Financial support is available if you cannot earn an income because QLD Government has ordered you to self-isolate or quarantine at home, or you’re caring for someone with COVID-19. Find out if you are eligible for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, visit the Services Australia website or call 132 468.

If you have any questions on the above or if you have had contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case or have been in a contact location, please get tested, isolate, and notify us immediately. We are here to support you and want to do everything we can to keep our staff safe.

Finally, we want to thank you again for your individual efforts during this extraordinary time. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about the above.

Look after yourself and take care,

Edmen Community team 

Staff Update – COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout - March 2021

A message from the Edmen Community Staffing Solutions Team

Hi there!

You might have heard the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is now underway. Understandably, you may have some questions about what this means for you as an Edmen employee.

Below are some FAQs about the vaccine rollout process and what we are doing to keep you safe.

What are we doing at Edmen to keep you safe?

Here at Edmen, the safety of our workforce is top priority, and we are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe working environment. This includes working closely with our community service partners to ensure our workforce has access to the latest government information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout process.

 

Who is eligible for the first phase of the vaccine?

Now that the first stage (Phase 1a) of the vaccine rollout has started, paid workers providing support to people living in residential accommodation (in settings with two or more people with disability only) are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But as with all vaccinations, it is a choice to get the vaccine.

 

How can you find out when you can get the vaccine?

Your eligibility and vaccination day will depend on the Australian Government rollout timeline. Use the Australian Government COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out when you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

 

I am unsure if I will get the vaccine. Who should I speak to so I can make an informed decision?

If you are unsure, we strongly recommend speaking to your doctor or GP about the benefits and risks of the vaccine.

Will I be refused shifts if I don’t get the vaccine?

Vaccines are voluntary so this means you have the right to decide whether you get vaccinated or not. Edmen will not discriminate against people who decide not to get the vaccine, however, some organisations are restricted under state or territory government public health directions, which means your host organisation may have its own policy.

Edmen is working closely with our community service providers to ensure we continue to provide a safe working environment in line with the advice from the Australian Government authorities.

 

Will it cost to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, the vaccine is free for all people living in Australia.

Who can I contact about my concerns or questions during the vaccine rollout period?

If you have concerns or questions about your workplace safety or the COVID-19 vaccine, we are here for you. Please get in touch with your Service Coordinator.

Where can I go for further information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Department of Health vaccine website contains up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccine. Edmen will continue to update you with information as it becomes available.

What is Coronavirus?

​Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.

Find out more about Coronavirus Health Alerts- https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Contact Tracing [Update for Staff]

​If you have been to any of the locations listed on the Queensland Government website at the times stated, you should monitor your health and, if you develop even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. If you have been to one of the locations listed, please complete the contract tracing self assessment and inform your Edmen Service Coordinator immediately.

See all current contact tracing alerts here - https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

    • fever

    • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue

    • shortness of breath

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

When to get tested

If you develop symptoms within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case or of returning to Australia, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will tell you if you need to get tested.

How to isolate yourself

Do not go to public places, such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university. If possible, ask other people to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door.

Only people who usually live with you should be in your home. Do not let in visitors.

You do not need to wear a mask in your home.

If you need to leave home to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

How to protect yourself and others

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.

To help protect people most at risk follow the Department of Health provide advice on public gatherings and visits to vulnerable groups -  https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-public-gatherings-and-visits-to-vulnerable-groups

How it spreads

There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person.

The virus is most likely spread through:

  • close contact with an infectious person

  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze

  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

Who is at risk

Most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are in Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China.

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:

  • recently been in mainland China and Iran

  • been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus

  • Health authorities have confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia. For the latest number, read WHO Coronavirus health alert - 

If you're concerned

Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

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

Additional advice

Travellers

Our advice for travellers provides information on airport and in-flight biosecurity measures, travel restrictions and other arrangements that apply.

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-travellers

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