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23 July - COVID-19 Update

South Australians received encouraging news earlier today with SA Health reporting that only one new case of COVID-19 has been identified. That case is linked to the current winery cluster.

South Australians turned out in record numbers for testing yesterday with 23,572 results. There are now 86 testing sites, with new testing facilities opening at Warradale Army Barracks and Netball SA at Mile End.

We will be closely watching the numbers over the weekend to see what restrictions may be stepped down next week.

Exposure sites

There are Four Tiers of Exposure Sites which require people to take different actions.

If you were at any of the COVID exposure sites, at the specified time, you must monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested as soon as they develop.

If you have been at ANY of the Exposure Sites in the time specified on the SA Health website you MUST notify the Bedford COVID-19 helpline on 0429 135 448 | 0429 124 648 | 0413 743 203

When you report into Bedford’s COVID-19 help line, the contact person will take some details from you to ensure your manager knows what is going on.

Immunisation

While immunisation is not mandatory, health authorities continue to urge everyone to consider getting vaccinated.

All metropolitan Bedford Clients or Staff, regardless of age, can now get a free vaccination at:

Aspen Medical, 17 Main North Road, Medindie

Telephone: Bookings on 0437 325 123

A COVID-19 Consent Form is required and, should you prefer, on-line bookings are available.

Aspen Medical is in the process of establishing vaccination clinics in some regional areas and we’ll update you on those details when they are provided to us.

At Bedford, we are still looking into a process to register the names of vaccinated Clients and Staff. Further details on this soon.

Bedford Business Update

At this time, the update provided to you yesterday is still current, other than our Mount Gambier site has re-opened to support the timber milling process in that region.

Importantly, our Community Access & Lifestyle and Day Options continues to provide our Clients with classes and centre-based programs.

Financial aid

The Commonwealth Government has releases advice on its COVID-19 financial aid. Payments are available for eligible people affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak in South Australia, including:

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

  • A lump sum Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hot spot, or period of restricted movement, who do not have access to leave entitlements or other support payments.

Payment is $1,500 for each 14-day period a person is required to quarantine who have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health official.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment (open from 28 July)

  • $375 for people who have lost between 8 and 20 hours per week, a full day or usual work (which may be less than 8 hours)
  • $600 for people who have lost 20+ hours per week

SA COVID-19 Cluster Isolation Payment

  • A single payment of $300 available for eligible people who are part of a designated COVID-19 cluster and need to self-isolate while awaiting a COVID-19 test result

If you are eligible for any of the financial aid payments, you will only be able to receive any one payment at any time. Please review the eligibility criteria for each payment carefully to find if/which payment applies to your situation – this can be found on the SA Government’s Financial aid website.

Thank you again to all Bedford Clients and their families, and Staff and their families, for continuing to do whatever you can to keep safe and well particularly reducing movement across the state, QR code check in, and turning up for vaccination appointments and testing.