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COVID - 19 - Local updates

This page has been established to provide relevant information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Griffith community.

Update: 3 April 2020

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District has confirmed a 74-year-old woman who contracted COVID-19 overseas has died in Albury overnight.

One new case of coronavirus has been diagnosed in Wagga Wagga since yesterday, taking the region's total to 41.

The latest figures according to council areas are as follows:

?? Wagga Wagga: 10
?? Federation: 7
?? Albury: 6
?? Griffith: 3
?? Murrumbidgee: 3
?? Berrigan: 3
?? Hilltops: 2
?? Greater Hume: 2
?? Snowy Valleys: 2
?? Hay Shire: 1
?? Cootamundra-Gundagai: 1
?? Narrandera: 1

A breakdown of the latest figures according to age and gender is as follows:

??10-19 years: 0
?? 20-29 years: 14 (9 Female / 5 Male)
?? 30-39 years: 3 (3 Female)
?? 40-49 years: 4 (1 Female / 3 Male)
?? 50-59 years: 3 (3 Female)
?? 60-69 years: 8 (4 Female / 4 Male)
?? 70-79 years: 8 (6 Female / 2 Male)

The MLHD says this breakdown does not include a Victorian resident who is self-isolating in the region.

So far, 1,902 people have been tested across the district.

Update from the Premier: 

Thousands of small businesses across NSW struggling to cope with the COVID-19 shutdown will receive grants of up to $10,000 under a new assistance scheme announced today by Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Finance and Small Business Damien Tudehope. Full details here:


Update: 2 April 2020

GRIFFITH LGA REMAINS AT 3 CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES

Murrumbidgee Local Health District has advised there are four new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the region, including the first two cases in the Hilltops Council area.

There has also been an additional case confirmed in the Berrigan Shire and Snowy Valleys Council area.

This brings the total number of cases to 40, which includes one Victorian resident who is isolating in the region.

The latest figures according to are as follows:

- Wagga Wagga: 9
- Federation: 7
- Albury: 6
- Griffith: 3
- Murrumbidgee: 3
- Berrigan: 3
- Hilltops: 2
- Greater Hume: 2
- Snowy Valleys: 2
- Hay Shire: 1
- Cootamundra-Gundagai: 1
- Narrandera: 1

So far, 1,814 people have been tested across the district.


Update: 1 April 2020

Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. Three confirmed cases are in Griffith, with a total of 36 across the district. 

https://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-releases/covid-19-data-update-(1)


Update: 31 March 2020

Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. Three confirmed cases are in Griffith, with a total of 36 across the district. 

https://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-releases/covid-19-data-update

Update: NSW Premier

The NSW Government is calling on manufacturers around the State to help fill gaps in the global supply of medical equipment and hygiene products, redeploying spare capacity to save lives and jobs. Can your manufacturing business assist in this area, find out more here https://bit.ly/2UvbLSC.

Local alcohol makers are already converting to produce items such as hand sanitiser, while other firms have switched to face masks, providing much-needed equipment while keeping their business going and safeguarding jobs.

Update: Restrictions

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Non-essential travel to regional NSW towns and remote communities must be cancelled and Easter holidaymakers should indefinitely postpone their visits.

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NSW pharmacists now have extra powers enabling them to dispense medicines without a prescription and can now stay open 24/7, as the state fights COVID-19. More at https://preview.nsw.gov.au/…/new-powers-for-pharmacists-dis…

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From today, Tuesday 31 March 2020:
?? You must stay home unless you’re going to work (where you can’t work remotely); school or an educational institution; shop for food and essentials; get medical care or supplies, or exercise.
?? Do not gather in public except for members of the same household or where the gathering is essential for work or education. This also excludes shops and shopping centres (which you may attend with 1 other person).
?? Playgrounds, skate parks and outside gyms in public places will be closed.
?? There is a 6 month moratorium on evictions.
?? People aged 70+, Indigenous people aged 50+ and those with existing health conditions or comorbidities aged 60+, should stay at home as much as possible.
More at https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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Public health orders have been issued to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Breaching these orders (under the Public Health Act 2010) is a criminal offence and attracts heavy penalties.
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?? For organisations, the maximum penalty is $55,000 and a further $27,500 penalty may apply for each day the offence continues.
Find out more at https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders

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All returning travellers are required to be quarantined at designated facilities (such as a hotel) for 14 days in the town or city they fly into, instead of self-isolating at home. Travellers will be transported directly to designated facilities.

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??The Australian Government has released an official app with the latest advice and info you need to know about #coronavirus. To access this, all you need to do is search "Coronavirus Australia" in the Apple App Store or on Google Play and download the app.
??A messaging service on WhatsApp has also been introduced for you to use. You can access this by heading to aus.gov.au/whatsapp on your phone or downloading WhatsApp, and following the prompts.

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You can report anyone who doesn’t comply with public health advice to Crime Stoppers online at www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence call Police on 131 444. In an emergency call Triple Zero (000).

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NSW workers and businesses are now able to access a range of advice and support on non-health related COVID-19 enquiries via Service NSW's 24/7 hotline on 13 77 88.

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?? Latest NSW Health updates on COVID-19: https://bit.ly/33FKrnN
?? Known flights with confirmed cases of COVID-19: http://bit.ly/COVID-19-NSWFlights
?? Heat map of NSW confirmed cases of COVID-19: https://bit.ly/COVID-19-NSW-Heatmap
????Find the facts on COVID-19: https://bit.ly/COVID-19-NSW-FindTheFacts
? Find out if you need to get tested for COVID-19 with the Symptom Checker: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool
?? More info & advice on COVID-19: http://bit.ly/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
?? More info non-essential businesses & activities: https://bit.ly/COVID-19-NSW-Restrictions-on-Facilities
?? You can follow NSW Department of Education for regular updates. More at https://bit.ly/COVID-19-Schools-FAQs
?? If you’re concerned you have COVID-19, please call the national Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

Message from the Mayor

https://www.facebook.com/griffithcitycouncil/videos/3883778488328980/


Update: 30 March 2020

Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. There has now been three confirmed cases in Griffith, with a total of 31 across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. 

Cases by Local Government Areas:
• Albury City LGA - 6
• Berrigan Shire LGA - 1
• Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA - 1
• Griffith City LGA - 3
• Federation LGA - 6
• Wagga Wagga City LGA - 6
• Greater Hume LGA - 2
• Hay Shire LGA - 2
• Snowy Valley LGA - 1
• Murrumbidgee Council LGA - 3

Update on Restrictions

IMPORTANT NOTICE - COVID-19

From t31 March 2020, you must stay at home, unless you are going to:
- work and education, where you can’t work remotely
- shop for food and essentials
- medical needs or the care of others
- exercise.

Existing rules around 10 people at funerals and 5 people at weddings still apply.

If you go out, stay 1.5 metres away from other people at all times and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Do not gather in public with more than 2 people except:
- for members of the same household
- where the gathering is essential for work or education.

Anyone could spread the virus, even without knowing.

Together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, visit https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/public-health-orders?fbclid=IwAR1Fui74AaHde-Ybj3isLTMlxDio3C90E3UvrU9VxEAcPIBm8qiMa14rjj8


Update: 29 March 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE FOLLOWING PRIME MINISTER SCOTT MORRISON’S PRESS CONFERENCE - NATIONAL CABINET MEETING

- Public gatherings are now reduced to 2 people (down from 10 people).

- Households can gather together, but individual people can only meet with one other person.

- Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skateparks are to be closed from tomorrow.

- People should be shopping for food and other essentials as infrequently as possible.

- Group bootcamps are now not permissible with the new restrictions, personal training sessions can continue for one client, one trainer.

- It is recommended people over 70, people over 60 with a chronic illness and Indigenous people over 50 should leave the house as little as possible.

- The Prime Minister has stressed people should only be leaving their homes for shopping for the essentials, work or school (if it is not possible for them to do this from home), medical care and exercise.

- The rules around funerals and weddings remain the same being five people for weddings and ten people for funerals.

- There will be a moratorium on evictions for private renters for the next 6 months for those facing financial stress.

Stay safe and remember to support one another - from 1.5m apart.

You can view the transcript here: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-australian-parliament-house-act-13


Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. There has now been three confirmed cases in Griffith, with a total of 26 across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. 

Cases by Local Government Areas:
• Albury City LGA - 6
• Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA - 1
• Griffith City LGA - 3
• Federation LGA - 6
• Wagga Wagga City LGA - 5
• Greater Hume LGA - 2
• Hay Shire LGA - 2
• Murrumbidgee Council LGA - 2

https://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-releases/covid-19-daily-update-(1)


Update: 28 March 2020

Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. There has now been three confirmed cases in Griffith, with a total of 23 across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. 

Cases by Local Government Areas:
• Albury City LGA - 6
• Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA - 1
• Griffith City LGA - 3
• Federation LGA - 6
• Wagga Wagga City LGA - 5
• Greater Hume LGA - 2
• Hay Shire LGA - 2
• Murrumbidgee Council LGA - 2

https://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-releases/covid-19-daily-update


Update: 27 March 2020

Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. There has now been three confirmed cases in Griffith, with a total of 20 across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. 

Cases by Local Government Areas:
• Albury City LGA - 6
• Cootamundra-Gundagai LGA - 1
• Griffith City LGA - 3
• Federation LGA - 5
• Wagga Wagga City LGA - 4
• Greater Hume LGA - 2

Media Release


Update: 25 March 2020

Please see attached Media Release from MLHD. There has now been one confirmed case in Griffith, with 10 across the Murrumbdigee Local Health District. 

https://www.mlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about-us/newsroom/media-releases/covid-19-cases-udpdate 

At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held last night, Council resolved to close all non-essential Council services immediately. The specific resolution is as follows:

Council authorise the General Manager to immediately close the following services/facilities:

  • Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre (GRALC) (Already closed due to Government Directive)
  • Griffith Library
  • Griffith Regional Art Gallery
  • Pioneer Park Museum
  • West End Stadium  (Already closed due to Government Directive)
  • Visitor’s Centre
  • Senior Citizen’s Centre
  • All Committee and Working Group Meetings

(i) That the temporary closure of services/facilities referred to above, be for a minimum period of 14 days.
 
(ii) The temporary closure of services/facilities be reassessed by Council at the next scheduled Ordinary Council Meeting following the minimum 14 day closure period.

(iii) That Council endorse the action of the General Manager in temporarily closing the Griffith Regional Theatre as from 18 March 2020 in accordance with a directive issued by the Prime Minister relating to capping (at 100) the maximum number of patrons attending a non-essential indoor venue.

(iv) Council authorise the General Manager to enact any other directives from the Prime Minister in relation to closure of any Griffith City Council facility and that these be reported to Council at the next scheduled Ordinary Meeting.

As stated in the resolution all above services are now closed. Managers of these facilities were informed last night.

This is in addition to the following facilities which closed earlier this month:

  • Griffith Regional Aquatic & Leisure Centre
  • Griffith Regional Theatre
  • West end Stadium

The Griffith City Council Administration building is still open, but operating under strict restrictions - please call ( 6962 8100 ) ahead to make arrangements

Please remember and comply with social distancing rules especially the 1.5m minimum separation from any other person. 

In addition, the Prime Minister announced further restrictions (following the National Cabinet Meeting). Attached is a summary (combined with restrictions already in place as of Sunday evening): 

STAYING AT HOME:
Recommend stay at home other than for necessary activities;
Recommend work from home if possible but there isn’t an offical ban on working from an office;
No gatherings in the family home, limit contact with family and friends, no events in the home including birthday parties, BBQs, extended family dinners

CLOSURES/BANNED:
Registered and licensed pubs and clubs (not the accommodation areas);
Licensed premises in hotels and pubs; entertainment venues and cinemas, casinos and nightclubs; restaurants and cafes are restricted to takeaway only;
Off-licensed places such as bottle shops are exempt from above restrictions;
Food courts in shopping centres are restricted to takeaway only;
Indoor sporting venues and gyms;
Swimming pools;
Yoga studios and Barre studios;
Beauticians, nail salons, tattoo parlours, tanning salons, waxing salons, massage studios (physiotherapists are exempt from this restriction);
Outdoor and indoor markets excluding food markets
Religious gatherings, places of worship;
Real Estate open-house inspections and auctions;
Auction houses
All other businesses can remain open including shopping centres and their shops that are not those listed above e.g. general retail shops. However they need to have clear signage about the customer limits in store;
Hairdressers and Barbers can trade if they manage social distancing, limit the number of clients in the venue to one person/4m square and have 30 minute appointment only;
Amusement parks, arcades (eg gaming), indoor and outdoor play centres;
Gallaries, museums, libraries, historic sites/venues, community halls;

OTHER FITNESS
Boot camps and personal training can still go ahead outside, and adhere to social distancing and no more than 10 people;

EVENTS
Weddings - limited to 5 people (bride, groom, celebrant, 2 x witnesses);
Funerals - 10 people maximum, observe social distancing;
BBQs, family/friends gatherings in the home and outdoors

TRAVEL
Overseas travel banned except for aid workers, necessary work and compassionate travel;
Recommend against all non-essential travel in Australia. Many states are closing their borders to non-residents of that state, unless it is for essential travel reasons e.g. for work, compassionate reasons and essential deliveries.
Some are putting in place quarantine measures from Tuesday where you will have to remain at the border for 14 days to self-isolate. (e.g. WA, SA.)
It is recommended to cancel school holiday trips interstate.

SCHOOLS
Schools will officially remain open for those who want/need to send their children. In-school learning remains an option for parents.
NSW parents are encouraged to keep their kids at home;
The Prime Minister will meet tomorrow (Wednesday 25/3/20) with teachers unions about keeping schools open and protecting teachers and staff;
Schools will also seek to provide distance learning but it will take some time.
Schools will be open after the school holidays, subject to ongoing health advice.

HOLIDAYS
No trips interstate trips.


23 March 2020

Latest updates from NSW Premier: 

Restrictions on facilities

The Australian Government has announced the following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues 
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

UPDATE OF COVID-19'S IMPACT ON GRIFFITH CITY COUNCIL OPERATIONS  as at 9am, Thursday 19 March 2020

Griffith City Council is continuing to review health advice from NSW Health and the Commonwealth and other State Government departments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, Council has put into place changes to address public safety. These interim measures are in line with state and federal government advisories about outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people and non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people emphasising the importance of social distancing of 1.5m between people at all times.

Access to Council Premises and Facilities
Council is constantly monitoring the situation modifying services accordingly. The community is encouraged to avoid face-to-face contact where possible.
Alcohol-based hand sanitiser has been placed at Council facilities and visitors are encouraged to regularly wash their hands and maintain social distancing.

Payment of invoices and customer service enquiries:
Customers of Council are requested to reconsider their need to visit the administration building. Customers are asked to make every effort to pay invoices via phone and internet banking using BPay or other details specified on their invoice. For other enquiries, it is advisable to phone Griffith City Council on 6962 8100 in the first instance as it is likely queries can be resolved without visiting the administration building in person.

Meetings with Council Staff:
For planning and rates enquiries, please phone ahead on 6962 8100 to schedule an appointment. Where possible, meetings will be conducted over the phone to limit in-person contact.

Contractors and Consultants:
Griffith City Council requests no site visits by external contractors, consultants or visitors who have come from overseas in the past 14 days. All Contractors and Visitors will need to complete a Quarantine Declaration prior to entry to site.

Council Meetings:
The Ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday, 24 March at 7pm will proceed, however members of the public are strongly encouraged to observe social distancing of 1.5m should they attend. Councillors will be considering a report on further management and operational arrangements for Council facilities should COVID-19 escalate within the Griffith community. A decision regarding future Council meetings will be determined based on further advice from NSW Health and the Office of Local Government.

Changes to date include:

  • Griffith Regional Theatre – Closed until further notice, please contact the theatre on 6962 8444 to arrange refunds on purchased tickets
  • Griffith City Library – Cancellation of regular programs including Story Time, Rhyme Time and suspension of JP services until further notice. For more information, contact 6962 8300
  • Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre (GRALC) – Still operational at this stage (as per statement from the Prime Minister https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures however, membership refunds are available for all sessions including Swim School, for more information, contact 6962 8228

Council’s Facebook and website www.griffith.nsw.gov.au are a great way to keep informed. 

Griffith Event Updates
Council is continually reviewing all Council and other scheduled events and activities, and will keep residents updated as changes are made.
Event changes of note include: 

  • Cancellation of Pioneer Park Good Friday Action Day
  • Cancellation of Anzac Day Ceremony Memorial Park
  • Postponement of Vintage Festival.

This link provides a current list of events and their status, scheduled in Griffith until 14 June 2020.  Local operators and event organisers are being urged to contact the Griffith City Council Tourism Team via events@griffith.com.au or 1800 681 141 to advise of any event updates, cancellations or changes to business hours. For other community events held by other groups in the community, please refer to the organisers.

View all events here

For more information:

Statement from the Prime Minister regarding events - 18 March 2020
Public Health (COVID-19 Public Events) Order 2020 under the Public Health Act 2010 - release by the Minister for Health & Medical Research on 15 March 2020.

Department of Health (Federal)
health.gov.au

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

NSW Health (State)
health.nsw.gov.au

Frequently Asked Questions 

Events and Gatherings

Community Language Advice

Media release - Council Responds to Coronavirus - 13 March 2020

Media release - Update of COVID-19's impact on Council operations  as at 9am, Thursday 19 March 2020

Council asks people to take precautions with their health and the health of their loved ones by following these guidelines from the www.health.nsw.gov.au website:
• clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
• cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with tissue.
• avoid close contact with people who are ill
• avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• stay home if you are sick.