The Shire of Three Springs Shire President Cr Chris Lane is assuring community members that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is being closely monitored by the health authorities and the Shire of Three Springs. “The best source of relevant information is via the Department of Health website, which is updated daily. I urge the community to remain calm in the face of overwhelming media coverage, and maintain a sense of perspective.
“I am aware of the panic being caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, but I would like to remind our community that we do have access to health care and, if necessary, screening. The North Midlands Health Service (Hospital) is still open, and people can receive emergency care if needed by the highly trained professionals there.
“If you require a prescription, you can access the 1800 225 523 after hours doctor care by phone. This free service is available after 6pm Monday - Fridays, from 12 noon Saturdays and all day Sundays. You can have a prescription emailed through to our local pharmacy, or to yourself if required.
“I would also like to reassure our community that the Shire is actively recruiting for a doctor.”
The Shire receives daily updates from the Department of Health, who are the lead agency for the state in regards to health matters. A senior management committee was formed this week to strategise and plan to ensure that essential Shire services are maintained. This committee is meeting daily.
Cr Lane is encouraging the community to go about their daily business, but to maintain a safe social distance of 1.5m, and to ensure that hands are washed regularly for 20 seconds. “At times like this it is important for the community to come together, and so we have initiated the ‘Neighbour to Neighbour’ project, encouraging our community to check up on each other, and to help the seniors and the vulnerable.
“Local sports have been cancelled at the directive of state and regional bodies, as has community events. This is in regards to the directive of the Federal Government which is banning large gatherings both indoors and out.”
Currently the Shire Admin Centre has closed the library, and has initiated social distancing in the office. Customers are advised to stand behind the lines at the front counter while being served by staff. Currently the Admin Centre is still open for business, but this could change if the situation worsens.
The community is encouraged to keep up to date with information from:
- Dept of Health - Coronavirus - contains current information and advice
- Commonwealth Department of Health - contains fact sheets for frequently asked questions
- State Government Coronavirus Page - which includes the WA Government Pandemic Plan