The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging people across the region to form a plan to ensure they are prepared should they, or a loved one, test positive for COVID-19.
Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said, “The way we live with COVID-19 is changing and stopping the spread is now the responsibility of everyone as individuals, being prepared is part of that responsibility.
“So we are encouraging everyone to form what we call a ‘Plan C’, to ensure you know what to do and can safely manage should you, a household member or a loved one test positive for COVID-19.
“We have developed a ‘Plan C’ information pack and checklist people can use while they prepare, to ensure they have considered everything they may require after testing positive for COVID-19.
“The pack includes information on:
- What to do if you have COVID-19 and who you need to inform.
- What to do if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
- How to safely isolate at home and how to safely isolate if you share accommodation.
- What to do if a dependant or someone you care for tests positive for COVID-19.
- What supplies you need including food, medication and cleaning or sanitary products.
- Coping with self-isolation and managing your mental health.
- Useful contacts to access additional information or support.
“Our COVID-19 Care in the Community program will continue to provide support to those who require it in their homes, particularly members of our community who are most at risk or are vulnerable.
“But the vast majority of people who test positive for COVID-19 do not need high-level care so taking steps to have everything you need in place will make it significantly easier to safely manage at home while you recover.”
Mr Spittal said forming a ‘Plan C’ is just one of the important steps people can take to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities, particularly as the state continues to open up.
“We expect transmission of COVID-19 to continue increasing as movement around the state does, particularly in the holiday period, so part of our individual responsibility is to take sensible precautions,” Mr Spittal said.
“Being prepared is one of those precautions, but we all continue playing our role by forming basic habits that make a big difference in protecting one another.
“We recommend everyone wears a mask where required but also wherever you cannot socially distance, and in crowded indoor areas like supermarkets, shopping centres or bottle shops.
“Other fundamental COVID-safe behaviours include washing and sanitising your hands regularly, checking in and out using QR codes wherever required and staying home if you feel unwell at all.
“We recommend getting the entire family tested before travelling and keeping some rapid antigen tests handy while you’re away and in your home, use them before going to gatherings or social events.
“Vaccination is still our best protection against transmission and serious illness if transmission occurs, so please get vaccinated as a priority if you haven’t already and book in for your booster shot as soon as you are eligible five months after your second dose.”
For more information on forming your ‘Plan C’ visit the WNSWLHD website.