8 October 2020 / COVID-19

Staying Alert

Staying Alert

As case numbers continue to fall around the country, it is important to keep up all of the practical step that have been employed since the start of this pandemic. Each person’s individual effort contributes to keeping case numbers low, particularly given that outbreaks are likely to continue in Australia until a vaccine is available.

Part of our collective responsibility is ensuring that we each recognise coronavirus symptoms and get tested if we experience any of these (listed below). 

This is especially important if we have visited a venue or location of concern at the same time as a confirmed case. Each state / territory publishes a list that is updated as outbreaks occur.

Symptoms

Know the symptoms and be on alert. If you experience any of the following symptoms, don’t come to work. Notify your Team Leader and contact your nearest medical centre / hospital to get tested. 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue. 

Symptoms can develop between two to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus. Most commonly, symptoms develop five or six days after exposure.

The practical measures such as good hand hygiene and social distancing during the pandemic have positively contributed to a dramatic reduction in cases of influenza across Australia. This means that the experience of cold or flu-like symptoms may in fact be COVID-19 so it’s important to confirm via a test. 

If you need advice, call Australia’s COVID hotline 1800 020 080 (24 x 7) 


Venues of Concern

A ‘venue of concern’ is a location that a state / territory government has declared may pose risk of spreading COVID-19 from a confirmed case who has been there at a specific time.

If you were at the location around the same time (regardless if you are showing symptoms or not), you should immediately self-isolate, contact your nearest medical centre or hospital and make an appointment to get tested (some testing locations require a referral, so ensure you call ahead first).

Keep an eye on the lists in your state / territory or check out Hutchies’ coronavirus map for details. 

State / TerritoryVenues of ConcernTesting Locations
ACTN/AACT Testing Clinics
NSWNSW VenuesNSW Testing Clinics
QLDQLD VenuesQLD Testing Clinics
SAN/ASA Testing Clinics
TASN/ATAS Testing Clinics
VICVIC VenuesVIC Testing Clinics
WAN/AWA Testing Clinics

Typical Testing Process

The testing process for coronavirus is quick, simple and free.

A swab is used to take a sample from the back of your throat and your nose. Although the experience of getting a test done is slightly uncomfortable, it is completed within a matter of seconds. 

Hutchies’ coronavirus map displays testing clinics (indicated by yellow dots), or head to your state’s website for more information (as above).

Testing at a public hospitalTesting via a clinic / private practice
> Find a hospital that is offering coronavirus testing (typically called a Fever Clinic).
> Phone your doctor or a local GP clinic that offers coronavirus testing and describe your symptoms or situation.
> You should not need a referral, but you will likely need to wait in a queue, especially if there has been an outbreak in the area. > The doctor will provide you with a referral to a suitable respiratory clinic. 
> You will be asked to provide your details as well as your symptoms / reason for getting tested (eg you were at a venue of concern at the same time as a confirmed case, or you are showing symptoms). > You should go to the nominated clinic as soon as possible. You may be required to line up in a queue or wait in your car until it is your turn to be tested.  
> You will then be tested by an assigned medical professional which should take less than a minute. > You will then be tested by an assigned medical professional which should take less than a minute. 
> Once tested, you will be sent home to self-isolate until you receive your results (either by phone call or text). This means waiting for your result at home and not leaving your home for any reason except in the case of a medical emergency.  > Once tested, you will be sent home to self-isolate until you receive your results (either by phone call or text). This means waiting for your result at home and not leaving your home for any reason except in the case of a medical emergency.  

Support

If you need help, reach out

Hutchies HelpCOVID-19 Health InformationEmployee Assistance Program (EAP)
Reporting potential cases or general Hutchies advice.
Hutchies' COVID-19 Hotline
Phone 07 3335 5015
Email coronavirus@hutchies.com.au
This hotline can provide guidance if you have questions about COVID-19.

Australian Government COVID-19 Hotline
Phone 1800 020 080 (24x7)
This confidential service is open to Hutchies' people and immediate family members.

Converge International
Phone 1800 687 327


For general information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), call the Australian Government's Coronavirus Health Info Line on 1800 020 080.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in Australia, visit:

Australian Governmenthttps://l.hutchi.es/AusHealth
Smart Travellerhttps://l.hutchi.es/SmartTravel
New South Waleshttps://l.hutchi.es/cvNSW
Northern Territoryhttps://l.hutchi.es/cvNT
Queenslandhttps://l.hutchi.es/cvQLD
South Australiahttps://l.hutchi.es/cvSA
Tasmaniahttps://l.hutchi.es/cvTAS
Victoriahttps://l.hutchi.es/cvVIC

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Hutchies has also created a resource to help maintain positive mental health during what has been a tough year for everyone.

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On Saturday morning the Queensland Government announced a 3 day lockdown period for the local government areas (LGAs) of South East Queensland (incorporating Brisbane, Gold Coast, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Lockyer Valley).

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The lockdown is also mandatory for anyone who has been in any of the 11x LGAs since 1am this morning and is now elsewhere.

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Stricter lockdown measures

The Queensland Government announced the strictest lockdown measures that the state has experienced so far, due to concern of the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

There are only four reasons to leave home during the lockdown:

  • To buy essential goods / groceries, but only within 10km of your usual place of residence. Supermarkets will be open during the lockdown period. 
  • To go to essential work / school. Childcare is open but only for children of essential workers.
  • For exercise outside, but only within 10km of your usual place of residence. Only allowed to do so with one other person from a different household.
  • For health care. You can leave to get medical care and you can provide care to someone. You can also leave home to get a COVID test or vaccine.

Additional stricter measures have also been introduced to help stop the spread:

  • No visitors allowed at home. The only exception is to care for someone who needs help, but it is recommended to delay if possible.
  • Funerals and weddings limited to 10 people.
  • Mask wearing continues to be mandatory across the 11x LGAs. You must wear a face mask at all times when you leave home, including outdoors and for exercise, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • Mask wearing will now be mandatory for everyone at high schools, including students, teachers and visitors in the 11x LGAs.
  • Non-essential businesses must close (eg gyms / hairdressers etc).
  • Restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues can open but only to provide takeaway.

Hutchies' COVIDSafe sites

Construction remains essential in South East Queensland and it is important to ensure we are all working as hard as possible to keep it open in the face of ongoing outbreaks. All sites should urgently review the latest Hutchies' COVIDSafe Plan and ensure that their site is implementing the following at a minimum:

  • Regular cleaning of all site / office areas and high touch points
  • Mask wearing except when not safe to do so
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Maintaining 1.5m distance from others, including limiting numbers in hoists / lifts and crib / lunch rooms
  • Signing in using your sites' regular sign in process to provide contact details if required for contact tracing
  • Using video / teleconference software to hold meetings

Hutchies' offices in South East QLD

Everyone who works in Hutchies' offices across South East Queensland should be wearing a mask if they are working in an office during the lockdown period.

The Queensland Government has specified that people who can work from home should do so.

All face to face meetings in offices should be cancelled and replaced by video / teleconferences.

Hutchies' Toowong office

These instructions are particularly important in relation to the Toowong office.

The Toowong office is in very close proximity to the current outbreak.

If you can do your job from home, you must. You can go to the office to collect computer gear and anything else you might need to work from home during the lockdown period.

If you do need to go into the Toowong office, you must sign in using the Queensland Government QR code.

You must be wearing a mask at all times, including whilst seated. This is an important measure to stop the spread of airborne particles.

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The Queensland Government has provided an extensive list of exposure sites based on the movements of people who are linked to the Indooroopilly State High School cluster. More venues are expected to be added.

It is very important that anyone who is in, or has been in South East Queensland recently, checks the list daily.

If you have been to any of the venues of concern at the date and time identified, inform your Team Leader, get tested and follow the direction listed by Queensland Health.

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Keeping people safe

We've made some updates to our COVIDSafe Plan to incorporate the latest requirements across Australia.

All of Hutchies' sites and offices must continue to implement the key COVIDSafe measures we've had in place over the last 12 months, in addition to the latest local state / territory requirements listed below.

Some of the critical aspects of our COVIDSafe plan being focsued on include:
  • Regular cleaning of all site / office areas and high touch points
  • Good hand hygiene
  • Maintaining 1.5m distance from others
  • Signing in to provide contact details if required for contact tracing

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Mandatory Check In & Sign In 

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