With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I would like to encourage you to take every precaution to stay healthy.
The best way to protect yourself is to practise good hygiene.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available use a hand sanitiser with at least 60 per cent alcohol.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow.
It is also very important to practise social distancing by staying 1.5 metres away from others, avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing and avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.
This year's flu vaccine is expected to be available from mid-April and we are urging everyone who can be vaccinated to do so.
While the flu vaccine won't combat COVID-19, it will help reduce the severity and spread of flu, which can lower a person's immunity and make them susceptible to other illnesses.
If you need advice on the coronavirus, call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 to speak to a registered nurse.
Anyone who is unwell with a fever, cough or flu symptoms and has either travelled overseas or been
in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, should call their local GP for advice.
For the latest information, visit the NSW Health website at www.health.nsw.gov.au.
The NSW Government has announced an additional $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package for COVID-19, with $700 million extra funding for NSW Health to assist in doubling ICU capacity, preparing for additional COVID-19 testing, purchasing additional ventilators and medical equipment, establishing more acute respiratory clinics and bringing forward elective surgeries to private hospitals.
Within the coming weeks, we will be able to see the northern face facade of the $65 million Bowral & District Hospital redevelopment when the scaffolding is removed.
This will be another step forward in the redevelopment which continues to make excellent progress.
Work is continuing on the internal fit-out with painting, tiling and waterproofing well underway across the four levels of the new clinical services building.