Coronavirus news and resources for managers and leaders
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Update to COVID-19 screening questions for staff, visitors and clients
The Ministry of Health last night advised that the following question should be added to staff, client and visitor COVID-19 screening:
Have you travelled to Melbourne in the last 14 days?
For staff: assess the person for symptoms and exclude from clinical areas for a period of 14 days from the date they returned from Melbourne. They should be advised to get tested for COVID-19 should even the mildest of symptoms arise. Given the risk is presently very low, should the absence of the staff member from clinical duties in any way compromise clinical care, please assess the risk accordingly and put a local management plan in place.
For clients/visitors: ensure that questioning focusses on the mildest of symptoms but at this stage there is no instruction to exclude if the person is completely asymptomatic.
It is essential that AOD services maintain infection control protocols, including COVID-19 screening and testing. Make sure you know local testing clinics and how you can support your clients to access them. Learn more.New!
Ministry of Health It is essential that AOD services maintain infection control protocols, including COVID-19 screening and testing. Make sure you know local testing clinics and how you can support your clients to access them. Learn more.New!
COVID-19 checklist for AOD services [DOCX] It is important that all AOD services prioritise the development of a preparedness plan for how you will respond to service disruption caused by COVID-19. The Ministry has prepared a checklist highlighting important considerations for your service in developing this plan. If you need support, please contact your contract manager directly, or email the AOD branch using the safety and quality email address.
As a direct client service provider, you should be implementing infection prevention and control measures. There are resources available about 2019-nCoV and about how to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
From the NSW Government: Please visit the NSW Health 2019-nCoV home page first for all queries (available in English, Chinese simplified and traditional).