Today the Come See Change partners have launched a new community newsletter that will be distributed via letterbox drop to all Port Pirie households. Extra hard copies will also be available at local essential service outlets such as supermarkets, pharmacies and Council. Or you can download the electronic version of the newsletter, complete with all the links here: may2020-pp-community-news_links
The newsletter is about 'Locals looking after Locals' providing you with updates from our community leaders and information that you may need during this period of change due to COVID-19. Information in the newsletter includes community and business service programs, contact numbers and website links.
It hasn't been easy and has required exceptional commitment but South Australia is making progress with 12 days of no new diagnosed cases of COVID-19. However now is not a time to become complacent. Let's not undo all the good. Continue to practise good hygiene including washing your hands, stay 1.5 metres apart whenever and wherever you can, and download the COVIDSafe app to keep playing your part to help Stop the Spread.
A Message from SA Health:
"Australia is doing really well, we've flattened the curve and are all managing coronavirus. Our path back depends on three critical things before restrictions can be eased."
First to make sure we can identify people who have coronavirus, even if they're not showing symptoms, we'll need to do even more community testing.
Second, to quickly stop out-breaks we'll roll out more rapid health response teams in each state and territory.
And third, we need to speed up how we notify people exposed to COVID-19, which is why we've released the new COVIDSafe app. It will let you know quickly if someone you've had contact with has tested positive for Coronavirus - and we'll need as many Australians as possible to download the app.
The Government, heath workers, and scientists are all playing their part and they need your help. The more people who download the app, the fewer places the virus will have to hide. Keeping you, your family and your community safer. So we can get back to business and back to enjoying life sooner.
The app is voluntary with one simple, but very important purpose. To help our health workers contact you quickly if you've been in contact with a person who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Here's how it works, using the same Bluetooth technology that searches if your headphones or car are nearby, your mobile phone securely and anonymously takes note of other app users you come in contact with. This information is encrypted and stored locally on your phone, you won't be able to see or access it, and is kept there for 21 days - after which it is permanently deleted.
If someone you have been near in the past 21 days later tests positive for Coronavirus, the information stored on that person's phone can be sent to health workers in our State or Territory to contact you quickly and let you know what steps you will need to take to keep yourself, and those around you safe. It is simply an automated and smarter way of doing what our health workers are already doing to keep track of the virus in our community. And its a necessary part of the plan to ease restrictions by making sure we can get on top of any outbreaks quickly when we start going about our day-to-day lives again.
The app can be downloaded easily by searching COVIDSafe in your app store or by visiting health.gov.au for more information. Thank you Australia for helping to stop the spread and save lives. - Authorised by the Chief Medical Officer, Canberra "