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AMSANT Brief on COVID 19 and lifting biosecurity restrictions

Date first filed: 
Friday, 3 July, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020
Description: 

AMSANT and its member Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) raise a number of issues about the pandemic response in the NT, expressing concern about emergency plans which are more suited to cyclone response and which have limited input from and communication with community and Aboriginal Health bodies. The document makes suggestions about testing, evacuation, quarantine and community closures, and additional medical capacities.

Source: 

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT)

A COVID-19 ‘contain and test’ strategy for remote Aboriginal communities

Date first filed: 
Friday, 3 July, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Monday, 18 May, 2020
Description: 

A proposal for a 'contain and test' strategy for implementation on the discovery a COVID-19 case in a remote Aboriginal community, with attention to community decision making and control, and cultural safety. It outlines how households would be confined and tested, relocation of vulnerable people, restrictions on all movement between communities, plus delivery of food and support to households. The document also notes a number of key challenges.

Source: 

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory

Groote Archipelago COVID-19 ADVICE #15 – 17 June 2020

Date first filed: 
Wednesday, 17 June, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Wednesday, 17 June, 2020
Description: 

NT updates - still no active cases. Since 15th June, eased 'self-quarantine' conditions for interstate arrivals. However, self-quarantine is not allowed in Groote but must be in Darwin, Palmerston, Litchfield, Alice Springs, Katherine, Tenant Creek or Nhulunbuy.

Source: 

NT Government, Department of the Chief Minister, 'East Arnhem Covid 19 Team'

Groote Archipelago COVID-19 Advice #14 - 4 June 2020

Date first filed: 
Friday, 5 June, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Thursday, 4 June, 2020
Description: 

NT moves to Stage 3 of (easing) restrictions. The main change for Groote is that quarantine is no longer required for entry or re-entry from outside our (former) Biosecurity areas; however, ALC permits requirement and GEMCO's FIFO arrangements remain. Eating out: "the Golfie will open ..., however the ARC will remain closed to the public and the Lodge has confirmed that they will remain delivery only at this stage". For full details, see the attachment.

Source: 

NT Government, Department of the Chief Minister, 'East Arnhem Covid 19 Team'

Groote Archipelago COVID-19 ADVICE #13 – 25 May 2020

Date first filed: 
Monday, 25 May, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Monday, 25 May, 2020
Description: 

NT update - currently no COVID-19 cases in Groote area and no active cases in the NT. Biosecurity travel restrictions for remote areas within the NT will be lifted on 5 June 2020 - quarantine ends for travel to Groote, but permits are still required. NT border restrictions remain. For details, see the attachment.

Source: 

NT Government, Department of the Chief Minister, 'East Arnhem Covid 19 Team'

COVID-19 response for the Yolngu Region of East Arnhem - 24 May 2020

Date first filed: 
Monday, 25 May, 2020
Date of document or action: 
Sunday, 24 May, 2020
Description: 

On 23rd May the NT Chief Minister announced that designated biosecurity areas in the Northern Territory will be lifted on 5 June 2020. Quarantine requirements for entry to Groote will end, but permits for Groote will still be required. For details, see the attachment.

Source: 

NT Government "East Arnhem Covid 19 Team"

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