NSW Extension of hotspot – Greater Sydney

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has extended the Greater Sydney region COVID-19 hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support to 16 July 2021 for Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong.

Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support triggers the following actions, if required, including:

  • access to PPE from the National Medical Stockpile for eligible aged care services
  • actions for aged care facilities including PPE, single site workforce supplement and integration of an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
  • assistance with contact tracing
  • asymptomatic testing via General Practice Respiratory Clinics
  • reprioritisation of vaccine supplies, if required
  • access to COVID Disaster Payment, if eligibility criteria is met, including the state imposed lockdown runs for greater than 7 days.

Please note, single site workforce arrangements and activation of the Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 remain in place until 24 July.

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