COVID Staff communication

COVID-19 has dominated our world for the past two years and whilst we’ve been secure in our WA bubble, it is now increasingly likely that some of us, or people we know may be impacted by the virus.  WA is soon to reach it vaccination targets and is on track for the government’s transition plan to open borders on 5 February 2022.   

The management of COVID-19 with the opening WA to the rest of Australia and the World will evolve and change all the time.  Our aim will be to keep you well-informed on any important developments and issues that may affect you personally and our business.

We hope to answer any of your questions with this information and provide any support you may need.  If you have any further queries or have valuable information to add, please discuss with Fiona Colvin.

Based on the positivity rates throughout Australia, we will be likely to face exposure and possible infection in the coming months.  It’s important that we keep safe, be supportive and ensure we take good care of ourselves.

What is WA’s Safe Transition Plan?

This is the current WA Government’s plan to reopen WA on 5 February 2022.

Identifying Symptoms of COVID-19?
What do I do if I’ve been in close contact with a person COVID-19 positive?

Currently the Australia Government has the outlined protocols in place regarding when to test and isolate and what is considered a close contact with exposure to COVID-19.  On this basis, you are a Close Contact if you are living with someone who has COVID-19, have spent 4 hours or longer with someone in a home or health or aged care environment since they developed COVID-19.

It is important that you read through this outline to understand when you need to be concerned and when to isolate.

How will I know if I’m COVID-19 positive?

If you believe you have any common symptoms of the virus, you can use a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home or visit a local COVID testing clinic.  We are trying to source supply of these tests and where possible will provide a small allocation of tests to all staff.  Please go ahead and organise your own additional supply once they become available in WA.

If you have symptoms and do not have an at home test, self-isolate until you can get tested.  Your local testing clinic can be found on the following site: COVID testing clinics WA

We have no guidelines currently about self-reporting positive RAT’s to the government, but we will inform you when we know.

Who should I speak to if I’m COVID-19 positive or have any concerns?

Firstly, make sure you are speaking with a support person that can check in with you and make sure you and your family are safe and have everything you need.

If you’re in a vulnerable population due to age, pregnancy or pre-existing conditions, please consult your relevant medical professionals.

Communicate with your direct Manager and/or Fiona Colvin so we can organise work cover and make sure you’re OK.

If you’re up to it and feel comfortable doing so, try to let anyone you’ve been in close contact with your positive status so they can test or monitor for symptoms.

When should I stay at home?

If you feel symptomatic, unwell or meet any of the close contact test and isolate protocols.

Don’t forget to have a stock of over-the-counter medications (paracetamol, ibuprofen, cold/flu tablets) to relieve any symptoms you may experience.

When should I work from home?

If you meet any of the “stay at home” close contact guidelines and either:

  • Have no symptoms, or
  • feel well enough to be working and don’t need personal leave.

Over the next two weeks, we will test and ensure that all staff have access to work from home should the need arise.  Please make sure you take your laptops home every day.

Please take some time to make sure you have a suitable work environment at home.  Some tips here from Work Safe Australia.

How do I set up a workstation at home?
When do I need to take personal leave and/or annual leave?

If you are COVID-19 positive and are unwell then you should take your personal leave and where needed, annual leave.

By all indications and based on reporting of COVID-19 positive people throughout Australia, most people who have been unwell are feeling much better within a week of infection.

Will I need to wear a mask in the office?

We will need to adhere to the WA Government directive.  We will keep up you updated on the requirements.

However, please be responsible and wear a mask in common areas or when you cannot keep a 2 metre distance from others.

What happens if someone in the office is COVID-19 positive?

We will inform staff so they can monitor for any symptoms and test if they would like to.

We will then clean and disinfect their work area.

How to take care of yourself and your family if you’re COVID-19 positive?

There are many places you can find information about how to take care of yourself, when to visit your GP, when to call 000 or go to Emergency and ways to treat mild symptoms.

We don’t want to make medical decisions for you or offer medical advice, so we highly recommend you check out this national site from Health Direct for expert information Managing COVID-19 at home – treatments, monitoring symptoms and recovery.

This report from the Royal Australia College of General Practitioners is a long read, but easy to pull out relevant information that may be of interest Managing-mild-COVID-19-at-home

Handwashing and hygiene.

We have plenty of hand sanitisers for each desk and we’ll make sure the bathrooms are stocked with soap and paper towels.

I’m sure we’re well versed on effective handwashing procedures, but here’s a reminder.

Cleaning the office

Disinfectant sprays, gloves, masks and paper towel will be widely available. 

Please take the time to keep your work area regularly cleaned and disinfected.  Please take the time to assist in keeping common areas and frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, desks, toilets, doors, remotes, kitchen surfaces and handles, clean and disinfected after use.

Can I reach out if I need any support?

Yes!  Contact your direct Manager or Fiona Colvin and we will do our best to assist with any help you may need.  There’s always someone to help and we can organise a delivery to you if you’re stuck.

How can I store my COVID-19 vaccination records?

Access your Medicare online information via the MyGov site or app and download to your Wallet if you have an Apple iPhone Medicare Online.

Or, download the new ServiceWA app from the App Store or if you are on Android from Google Play. 

More information can be found here ServiceWA app .

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