COVID-19 WA Country Health Service Video Conference Summary 25.3.20

Rachele Ferrari, acting Regional Director from the WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt, chaired an online video conference on Wednesday the 25th of March, 2020. In summary WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt advised the following information.

There has been a case of COVID-19 in the Wheatbelt that originated from the Ruby Princess Cruise Ship. They are unable to advise what town this has occurred in for privacy reasons, and only the WA Police have access to this information at this point. The Police are only allowed to divulge this information to front line services such as St John Ambulance if they are attending where this person lives or has come into contact with other people. “Contact Tracing” will be heavily utilised to track down other people who has come into contact with that person. People who are in isolation can obtain support through the “Disaster Hotline” operated by the Department of Communities.

Disaster Response Hotline

Tel: 1800 032 965 (country free call)

All persons of any age or health, are encouraged to receive the latest flu vaccines to limit them impact of dual infection.

People considered at risk are:

  • Children aged 0 – 6 months of age.
  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years of age.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders or of this heritage.
  • People with heart disease or complications
  • People with kidney impairments.
  • People with impaired immunity.
  • People with respiratory issues.
  • People over 65 years of age.
  • People with diabetes.

WACHS currently has sufficient PPE for their own projected use, but does not have the ability or capacity to supply any PPE. The Country Health Service can be contacted for any additional queries on 9621 0705.