Map of Australia, pins on NSW, words on a clipboard NSW COVID19 update

Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for New South Wales.

If you would like to talk to someone about COVID-19 please call the Disability Gateway - 1800 643 787.

As at 2 June 2021, Residents of the Jervis Bay and Goulburn, Hymans Beach, Vincentia and Gundagai areas are advised to be alert for Symptoms after a positive Victorian Case visited the areas. Stop and Stay (Isolate and get tested until you await advice) is in place for all contacts who had QR codes registered for check-ins for venues at the exposed sites as per the Exposure site list.

Anyone who lives in Gundagai, Goulburn, Jervis Bay, Huskisson, Hyams Beach or Vincentia, or has visited these areas since 19 May, is asked to be especially vigilant for symptoms after four travellers who later tested positive for COVID-19 spent time there.

 

All NSW residents are reminded to monitor for symptoms, and if they develop even the mildest of symptoms, to get tested ASAP and self-isolate for 14 days. 

 

Latest COVID Update NSW (COVID  Exposure Locations)


Face Mask Exemptions

You do not have to wear a mask if you are:

  • A child who is 12 years old or under
  • Have a physical or mental health illness or condition, or a disability which means that wearing a mask is not suitable. 

You can remove your mask when eating, drinking, communicating with deaf or people who are hard of hearing, at your workplace where wearing a mask is not suitable for the health and safety of you and others, are asked to remove your mask to identify yourself, in an emergency and for the proper provision of goods and services such as having a facial.  


Further Information

If you are a close contact, you must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days. Get tested again at the end of your self-isolation period. 

For the rest of New South Wales: Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended for situations where you cannot physically distance, such as on public transport or indoors at a public place. You must wear a face mask in airports and on flights in NSW.

 For more information Latest NSW COVID-19 Case Locations and Information.

For NSW Health Easy Read information.


How to Stay Safe

  • Practice social distancing if you are going out
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough into your sleeve or elbow
  • Take extra care around vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those who are unwell
  • If you feel unwell, stay home (except to go out for testing or urgent health needs)

NDIS 

  • Participants can recover the costs to purchase PPE items using their NDIS funds.
  • There are also temporary measures for providers in New South Wales, to directly invoice the NDIA for PPE used when delivering face-to-face services.

Go to NDIS COVID-19 has more details

The Latest NSW Health Advice on Wearing Face Masks - COVID-19


Testing

If you have any of these symptoms you should get tested:

  • fever (37.5° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

There are many places to get tested, NSW Health has a full list.  New places, such as mobile or 'pop up' testing units do get added so check before you go.
We explain more about testing in COVID-19 testing for people with a disability.


Rest of NSW Going Out and Visiting People 

NSW Health has a list of all the current rules.


Travel 

COVID Safe Travel Tips

Government websites: other states and territories

Find out the rules that apply for travel to and from other states and territories.


Easy to understand resources from NSW Health 

These include Easy Read Information and videos. 

Getting tested for COVID-19
What happens when you get your COVID-19 test results? 
Looking after your mental health during COVID19
Going to hospital during COVID-19
What does an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) look like? 
Resources in community languages here

More Information
COVID-19 Disability Information
Getting your medications delivered
Grocery deliveries
Telehealth 


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