The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation and one many residents may be feeling anxious about.
The most important thing for all of us to do right now, and for the foreseeable future, is to remain informed, follow advice from relevant authorities, practice good personal hygiene and maintain social distancing.
It is imperative the community accesses accurate and up to date information about the spread of COVID-19 from credible sources. Rumour and speculation on social media is unhelpful, irresponsible and can lead to heightened stress.
The City is acting on advice from the Department of Health WA as the lead agency. Regularly updated information is available via their website, including a daily snapshot. Other credible resources include the Australian Government Department of Health and the World Health Organisation.
If you have returned from overseas since midnight 15 March, or if you think you have been in close contact with a confirmed case, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Take this advice seriously even if you feel well – it’s in the best interests of the entire community, not just your own health.
The City has formed an internal working group that is supporting, driving and complying with all directives from State and Federal agencies.
In line with the Commonwealth Government’s restrictions, City facilities including the Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha Leisureplex and all libraries will limit indoor gatherings to 100 people. In addition to patronage limits, additional cleaning measures have been introduced across high trafficked areas, including gym equipment, door handles, surfaces and counters. Further information about these restrictions is available on our new Coronavirus information webpage https://karratha.wa.gov.au/coronavirus-information.
Karratha Airport is listed as an essential facility and will remain operational until directed by the State Government to close and no City-run events have been cancelled at this stage, however, we will continue to review this as the situation changes.
Remember, we are all in this together. Let us show empathy to one another. Check on your neighbours and friends. Offer assistance to the elderly and vulnerable – even if it’s just a phone call. Stop panic buying and hoarding goods and medicines: this often means some are forced to go without when they most need it.
How we treat each other can make a big difference during uncertain times like these.