NSW Health Escalates COVID-19 Risk Rating

NSW Health has today escalated the risk rating for COVID-19 to a moderate risk level (amber).

This requires all NSW Health employees to wear a surgical mask if they are within 1.5m of patients. Patients are also required to wear a mask where possible. This directive applies to hospital and community health settings and is effective immediately. It follows increasing community transmission of COVID-19.

More information is available in the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Response and Escalation Framework and poster.

General practitioners in NSW are not mandated to wear masks. However, RACGP announced today that GPs will be advised to wear masks to align with the new policy. It will be up to GPs whether they request that patients also wear masks.

Click here to read the message from the NSW Health Secretary.

Request Surgical Masks

Healthy North Coast has a limited supply of masks available for distribution to general practices, ACCHS, community pharmacists and allied health providers. A maximum of two boxes per practice is available per order.

The current guidelines for the distribution of masks are available via this link.

If you would like to order masks, please do so using our online form: click here