Green level alert - COVID-19 transmission risk
In line with NSW Health advice, ISLHD services and facilities have moved from amber alert (moderate transmission) to green alert (low transmission) for COVID-19 from today, 19 November.
The level of alert has been reduced due to a number of factors, including that there have been no locally acquired COVID-19 cases in NSW in the past week.
Those visiting ISLHD facilities should note the following:
- Screening prior to entry at facilities will remain in place, but visitors no longer need to wear a mask unless visiting the Emergency Department, Cancer Care, or a patient with acute respiratory illness.
- Visiting hours and restrictions remain unchanged at this time, but will be reviewed in the coming weeks.
- Those with respiratory symptoms should not visit patients in hospital.
While the lower risk level is now in place, ISLHD will maintain a cautious approach and the following now applies:
- The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for any suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 remains unchanged.
- Screening at hospital facilities for staff and visitors will continue.
- Staff in the following areas will continue to wear a mask – Emergency Departments, COVID Assessment Clinics, Cancer Care and when attending to patients with respiratory conditions. Staff in others areas providing routine patient care no longer need to wear a mask.
- Patients presenting to the Emergency Department will continue to wear a mask.
- Patients with acute respiratory illness will continue to wear a mask, if their condition allows.
The Local Health District is reminding the community that fundamental principles of infection prevention and control including physical distancing, regular hand hygiene and cough etiquette should continue. A reminder also that you should not be visiting patients in hospital if you are unwell or have been tested for COVID and are awaiting results.