Frequently Asked Questions care arrangements for children during an Aboriginal community outbreak
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Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet explaining Child care arrangements during an Aboriginal community outbreak.
COVID-19 is spreading through Aboriginal communities and it’s likely many people will either get COVID-19 or be a close contact of someone who has COVID-19.
Wherever you live, whatever your health conditions and whatever your vaccination status, you’ll be cared for.
Even fully vaccinated people might still get COVID-19.
Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your family and community safe:
If you are vaccinated, there is a better chance that you will not get very sick, go to hospital, or die from COVID-19. Book your vaccination now.
Make an appointment to talk to your doctor or healthcare worker about any health concerns or conditions that worry you.
Print your proof of vaccination and carry it with you or connect your proof of vaccination to your mySA GOV account so you can see it on your phone when you check-in somewhere. You will need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter some businesses and all high-risk locations, such as hospitals, Aboriginal community controlled health organisations, residential aged care and disability care facilities.
We use two types of tests to detect COVID-19 in South Australia, PCR tests, which are carried out at testing clinics and Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) which can be done at home.
After your COVID-19 test, you must stay away from others and not have visitors until you get your test results. For more information about your testing options and locations, visit Testing for COVID-19.
Always carry a mask with you. Use it when you cannot stay two big steps away from others.
By having a ‘Ready for COVID-19’ kit, you will be prepared for COVID-19 and home isolation if you or someone in your family gets sick.
If you need to isolate, or start to have COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be able to visit a shop to collect supplies. Start preparing your ‘Ready for COVID-19’ kit now and make a plan with family/friends to help out if needed.
Your kit should include:
The majority of people will be able to manage their symptoms at home while isolating.
You should contact your doctor or healthcare worker if you:
Most people who catch COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms like a runny nose, headache, feeling tired, a sore throat or cough and can safely manage COVID-19 at home.
You can help yourself to feel better at home by:
If you are concerned about any symptoms or require urgent support while you are home, call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You should only call Triple Zero (000) or attend an emergency department if you have very severe symptoms.
If you are feeling worried or anxious, call the Aboriginal Mental Health Support and Advice Line (Thirilli) - 1800 841 313 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday).
If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who lives in a rural or remote community, you have an increased risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 as you may: