Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support declared for Katherine

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has today declared a hotspot for the Municipal of Katherine (including Tindal).

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Hotspot details

Today, Professor Kelly has declared a Hotspot for the purpose of Commonwealth support for the Municipal of Katherine (including Tindal) from 11:59pm on

4 November until 11:59pm on 7 November 2021 (noting the NT lockdown commenced at 12:01am on 5 November for 72 hours).

The occurrence of a case who was infectious in the Katherine community, and the unknown source of acquisition leading to concerns about undetected community transmission, pose an exposure risk to the people within this area, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Professor Kelly asks people in this area to continue to follow their local Health Department directions and to book their vaccinations.

See current hotspots for your location.

About hotspots for Commonwealth support

Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support enables the Commonwealth to:

  • provide personal protective equipment (PPE) from the National Medical Stockpile
  • support aged care facilities, including by providing PPE and the single site workforce supplement, and integrating an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
  • provide help with contact tracing
  • offer testing to those with no symptoms via GP-led respiratory clinics
  • reprioritise vaccine supplies, if required
  • offer the COVID-19 Disaster Payment* to eligible workers
  • offer access to two telehealth consultation items through the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
  • provide support for childcare services, including additional allowable absences, gap fee waivers and support payments, if other eligibility criteria are met.

*The COVID-19 Disaster Payment will continue to be available in Commonwealth Declared Hotspots. When the state reaches 70% full vaccination of the adult population (16+), recipients will need to reapply weekly. When an 80% vaccination rate is reached, the temporary payment will step down over a period of two weeks. For more information please visit Services Australia website.

Learn more about COVID-19 hotspots for Commonwealth support.

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