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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.

Vaccinations in Bega Valley begin

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.

COVID-19 Testing Centres

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.

Extension to Homebuilder program

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.

NEW - COVID-19 Cross Border Sport Fund open

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.

NSW agricultural workers’ code

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.

Want to know more?

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.

News from Bega Valley Shire Council

Visit our Council Changes to Services page to check on how we have adapted to COVID-19.

Mental health support and well being

Keep connected as a community by taking some simple steps.

  • Stay informed. Use information from reputable sources including this website, the Australian Government website (https://bit.ly/2J5246N) and the NSW Government (https://bit.ly/2xhF0ip).
  • Support others in our community. Look out for neighbours and family.
  • Keep connected to your family, friends, work colleagues through phone, email and social media - maybe even write them an old school letter!

If you are worried or anxious, there is support:

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