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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hinchinbrook Shire Council Updates

4th April 2020 - Media Release - COVID-19 case confirmed in Hinchinbrook

Queensland Health has today informed me that a Hinchinbrook Shire resident has tested positive to Covid-19. The resident had recently returned from overseas. Queensland Health has indicated that ... Read More

1st April 2020 - Council Connections - 1 April 2020

Closure of Community Facilities In accordance with COVID-19 advice from the Prime Minister, last week Council closed a number of community facilities including the following: Hinchinbrook Shire Libra... Read More

27th March 2020 - Media Release - General Meeting Live Stream

As part of Council’s preparation and response to the pending effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) and in line with the closure of community facilities, the March General Meeting was li... Read More

27th March 2020 - Live Stream of March General Meeting

Council's March General Meeting will be live streamed via the Hinchinbrook Shire Council Facebook page.  The stream can also be viewed in the foyer at Council's Public Office, 25 Lannercost Stree... Read More

25th March 2020 - Media Release - Hinchinbrook Community Facilities Closed to the Public

In accordance with the latest COVID-19 advice from the Prime Minister, Council advises that the following facilities will be closed from close of business today, Wednesday 25 March 2020 until further ... Read More

25th March 2020 - Council Connections 25 March 2020

Council and staff have been reviewing and implementing Council’s Business Continuity Plan in preparation and response to the pending effects of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Strategies ar... Read More

23rd March 2020 - Media Release - Council Events on Hold

Hinchinbrook Shire Council is implementing measures to slow the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 locally, announcing the postponement of several Council events until further notice. While events h... Read More

23rd March 2020 - Media Release - Support for Local Businesses

“As small businesses begin to be impacted by the effects of COVID-19 it is important that we support each other and our local businesses to prevent loss of staff or permanent closures” sai... Read More

19th March 2020 - COVID-19 Business and Industry Support

Ahead of an unpredictable time, it’s important to be aware of the support available to shore up your business continuity and resilience plans to support your employees, customers and suppliers. ... Read More

18th March 2020 - Media Release - Coronavirus Advice

Council and staff have been reviewing and implementing Council’s Business Continuity Plan in p... Read More

18th March 2020 - Council Connections - Mayor's Message 18 March 2020

Coronavirus Update Council has been undertaking preparatory planning concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has had the opportunity for several briefings from State health officials on the pandemic. Wh... Read More

16th March 2020 - Support for Business to address the economic impacts of Coronavirus

Find financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the new government support for Australian businesses at Business.gov.au - this site will be updated as new information is available. Increasing th... Read More

General Information

What is a coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This new coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease is named COVID-19.

How is this coronavirus spread?

Coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared;
  • Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes; and
  • Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
How can we help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others when you are sick is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
  • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and wash your hands;
  • If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people); and
  • Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.
What is social distancing?

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Social distancing includes staying at home when you are unwell, avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible and minimising physical contact especially with people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as older people and people with existing health conditions.

There’s no need to change your daily routine, but taking these social distancing precautions can help protect the people in our community who are most at risk.

What do I do if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath) within 14 days of arriving in Australia, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment.

You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of coronavirus. You must remain isolated either in your home, hotel or a health care setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe for you to return to your usual activities.

Who is most at risk of a serious illness?

Some people who are infected may not get sick at all, some will get mild symptoms from which they will recover easily, and others may become very ill, very quickly. From previous experience with other coronaviruses, the people at most risk of serious infection are:

  • people with compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer);
  • elderly people;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as they have higher rates of chronic illness;
  • people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions;
  • very young children and babies*;
  • people in group residential settings; and
  • people in detention facilities.

*At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

Who needs to isolate?

All people who arrive in Australia from midnight 15 March 2020, or think may they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

What does isolate in your home mean?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay at home to prevent it spreading to other people. You might also be asked to stay at home if you may have been exposed to the virus.

Staying at home means you:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university;
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door; and
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home.

You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

For more information, visit www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources

How is the virus treated?

There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

Should I wear a face mask?

There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

More information

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au.

Call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450. 

If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.



Hinchinbrook Shire Council COVID-19 Video Messages

Mayor's Message - COVID-19 Funeral Requirements (27 March 2020)