Welcome. We hope our COVID-19 information below meets your needs. This page is updated regularly (last update 5 March 2021). Please share the information here with friends and family and help people who aren't online stay up-to-date.
If you are feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy throat cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, tiredness, loss of taste/smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches – please self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.
Take care, be safe, be kind.
The Southern NSW Local Health District began COVID-19 vaccination of Bega Valley health workers at the South East Regional Hospital in Bega on 2 March.
The first staff to receive COVID-19 vaccinations are those at highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 positive patients, which includes workers in emergency departments, aged care and COVID-19 testing clinics.
For the latest NSW government COVID-19 updates and advice, go to https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
FURTHER ADVICE AND SUPPORT
NSW Health - https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
Victorian Department of Health & Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
ACT Health - https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/
You can also contact the NSW COVID-19 Support Line on 1800 318 248.
Let’s remain vigilant
We all have a part to play in keeping COVIDSafe. We ask everyone to ensure you are familiar with the current COVID-19 restrictions and to follow COVIDSafe best practice wherever you are.
Southern NSW Local Health District has COVID-19 Testing Centres in the Bega Valley Shire, so those with symptoms may be tested and treated quickly.
The drive-through clinic at South East Regional Hospital, Bega (4 Virginia Drive) is open from 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. The clinic is located before the main drop off area of the hospital. Follow the signs at the main entrance.
Pambula Hospital continues to provide a weekday testing service from 9am to 4pm by appointment only. To register call 1800 318 248.
Anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat, is urged to self-isolate and seek testing.
It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and regularly wash their hands.
On 29 November 2020, the Government announced an extension to the HomeBuilder program to 31 March 2021.
HomeBuilder provides eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder assists the residential construction sector by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations.
Applications have opened for the COVID-19 Cross Border Sport Fund, which is part of the NSW Government’s Community Sport Recovery Package. It specifically targets NSW border grassroot clubs and associations that have been impacted by COVID-19.
The fund will support NSW based clubs and associations that are affiliated with a state level sporting organisation or association recognised in another state/territory, that were not eligible to receive funding under the Grassroots Sport Fund.
Applications close 5pm AEDT on Tuesday 15 December 2020.
The NSW Government will become the first jurisdiction to write the new Agricultural Workers Code into public health orders, paving the way for the NSW primary industries sector to find skilled workers for the upcoming harvest. Agricultural workers travelling between NSW and Victoria will need a permit and relevant identification and will be required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
The Coronavirus Health Information Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1800 020 080
Check the NSW Health website - https://bit.ly/2xhF0ip
or the Federal Health Department website - https://bit.ly/2J5246N for the latest health and well being measures.
Visit our Council Changes to Services page to check on how we have adapted to COVID-19.
Keep connected as a community by taking some simple steps.
If you are worried or anxious, there is support: