Covid cases on rise sparks alert

WITH Covid transmission approaching levels not seen since December 2022, the community has been urged to keep practising Covid-safe behaviours to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Emergency Department presentations for Covid remain high although the proportion of presentations requiring admission to hospital has been declining, suggesting while there has been an increase in cases, there has been no increase in the severity of disease.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the Omicron variants EG.5 and JN.1 appeared to be driving the majority of transmission in the community, with JN.1 increasing in prevalence, in line with what has been seen in other countries.
“While there is no evidence to suggest these variants cause more severe disease, the overall increase in case numbers puts more people, especially vulnerable people, at risk from Covid-19,” she said.
“No-one wants to see high levels of transmission in the community, but we do know what works to limit transmission in these circumstances and I am calling on the community to do those simple things that will make a big difference.
“If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home. If you are experiencing symptoms and you do need to go out, please wear a mask.
“Don’t visit high risk settings like hospitals, aged and disability care facilities or people who are at higher risk of severe illness until your symptoms resolve.”
Dr Chant urged people to have a plan with their doctor if they were at a higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19. This plan may include recommending a PCR test if you get sick or use of antiviral medication, if eligible.