COVID – 19 Information for SCA (NSW) Members

 

SCA (NSW) is concerned about the growing impact that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is having in NSW and we have been constantly monitoring the evolving situation. Our key focus is on the impact to our members, their employees and our customers.


To assist our members we have curated a selection of key information and resources that we continue to update as further information comes to hand.

We hope the information provided here can be used as a reference for members as a preliminary source tool. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, SCA (NSW) are holding exclusive, and free webinars with a panel of experts to discuss Coronavirus in further detail and address any concerns.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • SCA (NSW) COVID-19 Strata Q&A (Strata Owners) 30 March 2020 – click here to register 
  • SCA (NSW) COVID-19 Strata Q&A (Strata Managers & Suppliers) 31 March 2020 – click here to register

Recorded Webinars:

The recorded webinars can be accessed via the following links:

  • SCA (NSW) COVID-19 Strata Q&A (Strata Managers & Suppliers) 17 March 2020
  • SCA (NSW) COVID-19 Strata Q&A (Strata Managers & Suppliers) 24 March 2020
  • SCA (NSW) COVID-19 Strata Q&A (Strata Managers & Suppliers) 27 March 2020

For further advise on the Coronavirus Stimulus Measures please click here 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is the name given to a family of viruses. These viruses can cause a variety of illnesses, ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The most recent outbreak has been recognised as a new type of virus within the coronavirus family. The new strain is being labelled the “novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

Health authorities and experts are still learning about the virus, including the incubation period, how it transmits and its impacts.

There is evidence of human-to-human transmission.

Like other coronaviruses, the novel coronavirus may cause respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia. Symptoms associated with the virus may include:

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms, eg sore throats, sneezing and coughing
  • Difficulty breathing.

The virus is diagnosed through medical tests and chest x-rays. Persons who have the virus are being treated in isolation to prevent the spread of the virus.

The origins of this virus have been traced to Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. However, there have now been several confirmed cases outside of China, including in Australia.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

 

World Health and Government Resources

World Health Organisation Information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.

Find the latest information from WHO on where COVID-19 is spreading:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

Advice and guidance from WHO on COVID-19

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=359a81e7_6

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.epi-win.com/

Australian Government – Department of Health resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, travel restrictions and resources and fact sheets for travellers, businesses, and others.  

NEW (8/03/2020): Recommendations by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) with regards to public events.

NSW Health Department: NSW Health Information

NSW Health fact sheet: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.

Meeting and Event Specific Resources 

World Health OrganisationKey planning recommendations for mass gathering in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

PCMA – Global Association of Business Events Leaders information page and resources.

US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance – Get your Mass Gatherings of Large Community Events ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Workplace and Business Continuity Resources

Australian Government – Department of HealthInformation for Employers

Safework AustraliaCoronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice for PCBU’s (persons conducting a business or undertaking)

McKinsey & CompanyCOVID-19 Implications for Business

Associations Now – Article – How to Keep your Association Running if Coronavirus Worsens

Harvard Business Review – Article – Lead your Business through the Coronavirus Crisis

Now is the time to prepare for COVID-19. Simple precautions and planning can make a big difference. Action now will help protect your employees, your business and our community.

COVID-19 info in different languages

SBS – Coronavirus information in your language