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COVID-19 update – 24 November 2020

24 November 2020

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NSW Health services move to green alert

On Wednesday 18 November, NSW Health services moved from amber to green alert in line with the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Response Framework.

Australian COVID-19 vaccination policy

The Australian Government has released its COVID-19 vaccination policy. Download here.

Hotel Quarantine

More than 80,000 people have completed their quarantine in NSW. Currently, between five and six thousand people are in quarantine, at any given time, across the 20 hotels in Sydney’s CBD. The recently released National Review of Hotel Quarantine describes the quarantine arrangements in Australia and identifies best practice.

Remain alert to potential of COVID-19

Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 including fever (≥37.5), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), runny nose loss of smell and loss of taste must be tested and self-isolate while awaiting results.

Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

For an updated list of testing options in the Central and Eastern Sydney area please go to testing clinic hours and locations. For all testing clinics in NSW, please see https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics

Ordering masks

To request masks for your practice please complete the Mask Request form on our CESPHN coronavirus web page.  Masks are available for general practices, community pharmacies and certain high risk allied health practices where practices are unable to source their own supplies.