Ward Urges Local Community To Remain Calm Amid Coronavirus Concerns

20 Mar 2020 covid19

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today moved to reassure the community that every measure is in place in our region’s hospitals to deal with an outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), should it occur.

Mr Ward stated that there has been six confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the region.

“I have spoken with the NSW Health Minister and health officials from across our region who have assured me all the resources and protocols are in place to test patients and treat those who may test positive to COVID-19,” Mr Ward said.

“I have full confidence in our local health services. The local health district is equipped to deal with whatever this pandemic throws at us. We have qualified medical practitioners throughout hospitals in our region, along with the appropriate equipment such as ventilators.

“I know many people are worried about the impact COVID-19 on families, friends and communities across our region.

“We need to pull together and support each other.”

Mr Ward also urged the community to remin calm and practice personal hygiene and social distancing to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

“Now is the time to remain calm, be rational and think of others,” he said.

“Stop panic buying at local grocery stores. The only thing panic buying is doing is putting added strain on vulnerable people throughout our community.

“I would like to stress how important it is for everyone to take their personal hygiene seriously. You can help limit the spread by coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing hands regularly, cleaning surfaces thoroughly and keeping a gap of 1.5 metres between and the closest person," Mr Ward said.

For the latest information on COVID-19 visit NSW Government Health website and the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Individuals with concerns can also contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222, the Federal Government Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080, their GP, or their Public Health Unit by calling 1300 066 055.