21 September 2021

Council steps in as Eurobodalla gears up for more COVID-19 cases

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Traffic at COVID-19 testing station at Hanging Rock Batemans Bay.

Lines at the COVID-19 testing station at Hanging Rock Batemans Bay. Photo: Kim Treasure.

With COVID-19 cases in the shire expected to climb, Eurobodalla Council has announced it will provide logistical support to Southern NSW Local Health District staff battling to contain the virus.

There are currently 15 active COVID cases in Batemans Bay and one in Narooma, with authorities bracing themselves for the outbreak to spread.

Eurobodalla General Manager Dr Catherine Dale said council would support the Local Health District with transport and storage, and more if needed.

“From Monday, our Community Services team will relieve clinical staff of the task of transporting essential care packages, including food and prescriptions, to COVID-impacted households,” she said.

“Our people are trained and trusted in the community, and it allows those clinical staff to be where they’re most needed, providing healthcare.

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“We’re also opening up one of our larger facilities in Batemans Bay for NSW Health to store those supplies.”

Dr Dale said a number of staff were on standby to assist with contact tracing if required, “and we’re cooperating with NSW Health to extend sewerage detection beyond Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma to include all the shire’s treatment plants at Tomakin, Tuross Head and Bodalla”.

She said the Local Health District was organised and well-prepared, working in partnership with health services and not-for-profit organisations, and council was pleased to be able to contribute to the public health effort.

“We’ll continue our regular communication with the Local Health District and the regional emergency management office to identify any other ways we can provide support,” Dr Dale said.

“I encourage Eurobodalla citizens to follow the health orders and get vaccinated if they can. Let’s contain these cases so we can begin to enjoy our freedoms once more and see the shire’s businesses open up.”

Eurobodalla Shire remains in lockdown with almost 30 local government areas across NSW. The shire’s vaccination rate has hit more than 85 per cent for first dose, among the highest in the state.

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Council is open for business and operating under the public health order as follows:

  • Council staff continue to work from home; outdoor staff are working according to Covid-safe practice;
  • Moruya outdoor pool will re-open on Monday 4 October;
  • Eurobodalla libraries ‘click and collect’ is open;
  • Tips open only for contractors and residents without kerbside collection;
  • Moruya Airport is open;
  • Council’s Family Day Care and OOSH services are operating for families who need care;
  • The Bas and Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden are closed to the public;
  • Moruya Administration Centre and depots closed to the public.

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