COVID-19 update #4

28 May 2020

Federal | State | North West Tas | HCI

Federal & State

The National Cabinet in mid-May put in place numerous health and economic measures to see Australia out of the pandemic in the coming months, the purpose being to “rebuild the nation’s economy”.

For the health sector, this has meant elective surgery has been given the green light. As the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, the Australian Government has recognised the need to restore elective surgery and improve the health of suffering patients. 

A stepped approach will be taken in relation to the reinstatement of elective surgeries, with each state deciding when to move to each stage: 

• Stage 1 – up to 50% of normal surgical activity levels; 

• Stage 2 – up to 75% of normal surgical activity levels; 

• Stage 3 – up to 100% of normal surgical activity levels, or as close to normal levels as is safely possible. 

As of 20 May 2020, Queensland and South Australia are both moving back to 100% for all Private Hospitals, Victoria and WA are at 50% while Tasmania is at 25% capacity.

Intensive Care Unit capacity is still being maintained for localised outbreaks, as the focus is still very much on testing and tracing.  In support of tracing, nearly 5.7 million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe app, edging closer to the Government’s 10 million download goal. 

In good news, Tasmania for the last 12 days has had zero new cases and there are now only 8 active cases.  Premier Peter Gutwein on the back of these figures is still asking for Tasmanians to get tested should they show any of the signs or symptoms. State restrictions will be lifted gradually as advice from the Department of Health deems it safe to do so. 

Pre COVID-19, a regular person would come in close contact with 10 other people per day.  Social distancing measures mean on average we now only come in close contact with 2-3 people a day.  The Corona Virus is highly contagious, so it’s important we maintain social distancing and follow the rules as restrictions ease to avoid another outbreak. 

If you are unsure of the rules, visit: Tasmanian Government COVID-19 - Current Restrictions

Please remember, if you think you might be suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms, advice from the State Government is to contact your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

North West Tasmania 

The North West has the last 8 remaining active cases in Tasmania.  This has been a steady decline in active cases and restrictions will ease in line with the rest of State.  Throughout Stage 1 lifting of restrictions, kindergarten to Year 6 students and Years 11 and 12 students will return to school and aged care visits can increase to two visitors, once a day.  From 9 June 2020, school students in Years 7 to 10 are expected to return to school, and from 13 June 2020, the horse racing industry may be allowed to resume (subject to public health advice)

For more information on Stage 2 & 3 lifting of restrictions please visit the: Tasmanian Government - Road map to recovery

During each stage in lifting of restrictions, vulnerable people are still encouraged to be conservative by staying home and protect their health.

HCI Update

If you haven’t heard already, we’re excited to have partnered with Nourish Baby to provide our members with everything they need to know about pregnancy!

We know how daunting a prospect having a baby can be, especially for first time parents.  Together we offer all members a Free 12 week program and access to Nourish Baby Online.  The online course covers the following: 

• Pregnancy health and fitness

• Antenatal and postnatal pelvic health

• Feeding from birth up to age 3

• Emotional health and wellbeing

• Parenting and relationships

• Baby and toddler growth and development

• Sleep and settling from birth up to age 3

Plus you also get additional telephone support from Nourish Baby’s infant and toddler sleep experts, Safe Sleep Space.  This is something we know is important to all new parents during this time, as access regular methods of support can be difficult.  To find out more visits our Nourish page.

As a member owned and not-for-profit organisation, Health Care Insurance remains focused on delivering value for members.  If you would like to join, switch or review your health insurance, please email enquiries@hciltd.com.au or call 1800 804 950.

Stay Safe, we're all in this together. 

Kind Regards

Jess Lyons


Sources:

Peter Gutwein, Premier of Tasmania – COVID-19 daily Updates

Prime Minister of Australia > Update on Coronavirus measures – Media statement 15 May 2020

Tasmanian Government > Roadmap to recovery

Tasmanian Government > COVID-19 - Current Restrictions

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