COVID-19 Update - 4th August 2020

The NSW Government has recently published advice that strongly recommends wearing a mask in high-risk settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In light of this latest advice from NSW Health, Holding Hands Family Services strongly recommends the following to all families currently in the service:

  • That masks be carried by all parents for both them and their child for use in any indoor locations utilised throughout visits.

  • Masks should also be carried for use in crowded outdoor locations. 

I have attached the latest advice from NSW Health below. For more information, the NSW Health news and updates page can be accessed here.

Our management team continue to closely monitor reports of COVID-19 case locations in the Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Newcastle areas. Where a known COVID-19 case location is reported by NSW Health:

  • Families who have contact visits in or near a reported COVID-19 case location will have their visit location changed to an alternate location deemed reasonable by the Service. 

  • Families who live in or adjacent to a known COVID-19 case location will have their visits changed to Online Contact Visits for a minimum period of 14 days or as otherwise defined by NSW Health.

  • Family members who live in or adjacent to a known COVID-19 case location must provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to recommencing face-to-face contact visits. 

Further, we ask that any family member who takes a COVID-19 test immediately report that to the service that they have done so. We ask that families remain flexible in their contact arrangements and exercise caution if experiencing known COVID-19 symptoms.

On behalf of the entire team I wish all of our families continued health throughout this difficult time. 

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