COVID-19 is top of mind for all so it is important as a community, and a country, we stop and think about the actions we take in our personal space and in the company of others.
Let's return to the Australia we were proud to be part of through the ongoing drought and the recent bushfire emergency.
While taking all recommended precautions to protect ourselves, it is imperative people stay calm and immediately stop the panic buying and stockpiling of goods that has gripped our nation.
Supermarkets and local shops have plenty of supplies of food and personal items which continue to arrive daily, but they need the time to keep shelves stocked. So as Prime Minister Morrison implored, "just stop it".
To help stop the spread of the virus, the Mid North Coast Local Health District is working in collaboration with private hospitals, the North Coast Primary Health Network, Aboriginal Medical Services and local councils to respond to the COVID-19 situation.
The District has opened COVID-19 assessment clinics across the Mid-North Coast, including Port Macquarie Base Hospital. These are for people most at risk with respiratory symptoms or fever; those returning from overseas; or in contact with a COVID-19 case; and local health workers. People without symptoms don't need testing.
The Port Base clinic is open from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday. Patients are asked to present to the emergency department for assessment. They will be directed to the clinic as required.
The best way to protect yourself and others is to practice good hygiene: *Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. *Cover nose and mouth with tissue or a flexed elbow to cough and sneeze. *Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. *Stay home if sick.
NSW Health is providing daily updates about COVID-19 and advice on good hygiene, self-isolation and social distancing on its website at: health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/2020-nsw-health.aspx. Or go to lesliewilliams.com.au/.