- COVID-19 UPDATE: Wednesday 1 April, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: Wednesday 1 April, 2020
WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2020
Vulnerable South Australians can opt to receive a free, daily potentially life-saving phone call checking on their welfare in response to COVID-19 – and the Marshall Liberal Government is urging those at risk to sign up to the new service.
Read More: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/new-covid-19-welfare-calls-activated-for-our-most-vulnerable (30 March 2020)
A new support line is now available to people to maintain their mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new support line will help overcome the distress being caused by social isolation and the lengthy periods people are spending in quarantine. The support line will be staffed from 8am to 8pm and can be reached at 1800 632 753.
Read More: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/sa-covid-19-mental-health-support-line (31 March 2020)
In other updates:
At a press conference held on Monday 30 March, the Prime Minister announced that a new JobKeeper payment will be introduced to keep Australians in jobs. This historic wage subsidy will provide around 6 million workers with a flat payment of $1500 per fortnight, before tax. The payment will be paid to eligible employers who must pass on the full payment to their employees.
“We will give millions of eligible businesses and their workers a lifeline to not only get through this crisis, but bounce back together on the other side,” the Prime Minister said.
“This is about keeping the connection between the employer and the employee and keeping people in their jobs even though the business they work for may go into hibernation and close down for six months.
“When the economy comes back, these businesses will be able to start again and their workforce will be ready to go because they will remain attached to the business through our JobKeeper payment.”
Read the Media Release: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/130-billion-jobkeeper-payment-keep-australians-job
South Australian packaging company Detmold Group will employ up to 160 extra staff to produce millions of respirator and surgical masks for the South Australian and Federal Governments, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Read More: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/sa-company-to-make-life-saving-face-masks-in-the-fight-against-covid-19
Vending machines to supply Personal Protective Equipment to frontline hospital staff are being trialled before being rolled out to State’s hospitals to help safeguard access for those who need it.
Read more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/protective-face-mask-vending-machines-trial (31 March 2020)
The Premier and SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing have announced that South Australians in need of an emergency supply of essential medicines during the coronavirus pandemic will now be able to seek their medication without a prescription, under an emergency measure put in place by the State Government. Individuals in urgent need who have not been able to access their doctor to receive their usual prescription will be able to contact their pharmacist to discuss the options available to get their medicines without a prescription.
Read more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/providing-essential-medicines-to-south-australians (01 April 2020)
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