Community update - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

31st March 2020
Community update regarding Council operations and opening hours due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Council advise of the following changes to Council offices limiting public contact hours to minimise risk:

Cummins Council Office:  Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm

Port Lincoln Branch office: Monday only, 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Council encourage contact via phone (86760400) or email (mail@dclep.sa.gov.au) between 9am and 5pm daily as staff will continue to be on site at this time and appointments can be made outside of these hours via prior arrangement with the relevant staff members.

As previously advised, the following Council managed facilities have been temporarily closed until further notice:

  • All Playgrounds owned and maintained by Council;
  • Cummins & Coffin Bay Skateparks;
  • All public BBQs owned and maintained by Council;
  • Farm Beach campground;
  • Louth Bay campground

As these facilities cannot physically be isolated, closure signage has been arranged for the above sites, however the public conveniences attached to the camp grounds will remain open to the general public.

Other suspended services:

  • The hiring of the community bus is suspended as we cannot meet social distancing requirements within the bus environment.
  • Creating Connections (over 50’s program) has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The Cummins Institute Hall has been closed to the public (including the public toilets).

Congregating in groups of 10 or more people is now prohibited under State Government Law, while the Commonwealth have advised against congregating in groups of more than 2 people and Council encourage all community members to exercise their social responsibility to comply with this advice when utilising Council land.

We will continue to provide regular updates related to Council services as circumstances change.

Information regarding Cummins event - Rambler Clubrooms, 17 March 2020

24th March 2020

Senator Rex Patrick has tested positive for COVID-19, and the following advice has been sent on the express instruction of Dr Ann Koehler, Deputy Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch, SA Health:

The Communicable Disease Control Branch has reviewed video footage of the meeting and has declared that all 200 attendees, are a close contact of the case, and therefore must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure (17 March 2020).

Attendees who have symptoms should present for testing. Attendees who do not have symptoms do not need to be tested but should monitor for symptoms while in isolation.

19th March 2020

Senator Rex Patrick has issued a media release advising of his position in relation to the Coronavirus – rex.centrealliance.org.au/media/releases/statement-on-senator-patricks-covid-19-self-isolation-and-testing/

Council suggests that those who attended the meeting at Cummins Ramblers Football Club on Tuesday, 17 March 2020, may want to consider acting with caution and avoid contact with people where possible, especially if they were in close proximity to the Senator for a reasonable amount of time (within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes).

18th March 2020

Following the LEADA meeting in the Cummins Ramblers Football Clubrooms yesterday (17 March 2020), Senator Rex Patrick, who was at the meeting,  has advised that he has placed himself in self isolation as he attended a meeting with Senator Andrew Bragg 9 days ago who has now tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Senator Patrick, who was unaware that Senator Bragg had tested positive prior to the Cummins meeting, has no symptoms of COVID-19 but has advised he has placed himself in self isolation pending test results.

Advice provided to Council is that as Senator Patrick has no symptoms of the Coronavirus it is not a requirement for people who attended that meeting to self isolate. However it is suggested that people who attended that meeting act with caution and avoid contact with people where possible, especially if they were in close proximity with the Senator for a reasonable amount of time (within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes).

It is expected that the Senator's test results will be known within 24 hours.

The government website health.gov.au is a good reference point for information on the Coronavirus, including in relation to protecting yourself and containing the spread of the virus.

ROD PEARSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER