Cases on Groote

19th January: 8 new COVID cases in Umbakumba

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 19 January, 2022
Notice text: 


COVID-19 in Umbakumba

There have been 8 new COVID-19 cases in Umbakumba. All are isolating in the community.


NT Health are working to identify close contacts so that they can be tested and start isolating if required.


Community members are advised not to travel unless it is essential.


If you live in Umbakumba:

  • Please stay in Umbakumba; do not travel unless it is essential
  • If you have not been told to isolate, it is safe to go to the clinic and the shops. You must wear your mask, try to keep 1.5 metres away from others, and wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly
  • All residents of Umbakumba are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test if they have symptoms or have recently returned from somewhere such as Darwin or Nhulunbuy


If you live elsewhere on Groote or Bickerton (Angurugu, Milyakburra, Alyangula etc):

  • Please do not visit Umbakumba unless it is essential
  • If you have recently visited Umbakumba you are encouraged to contact your local clinic to organise a test


Clinic telephone numbers:

  • Angurugu 08 8987 6311
  • Umbakumba 08 8987 6772
  • Alyangula 08 8987 6255


See the notice attachment for further details.


Source: 

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, NT Government

18th January: 11 new daily COVID cases on Groote; vaccination update

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
Notice text: 


Cases update

There have been 11 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Groote Archipelago in the 24 hours to 8pm on 17 January 2022. The total number of Active Cases is 24.


18 of the Active Cases are being supported by GEMCO under the direction of the CDC and 6 are isolating at home or being supported to isolate by their employer in Alyangula. Contact tracing has been completed for all cases and all contacts are isolating. There is currently no evidence of community transmission on Groote Eylandt.


The Chief Minister and Cabinet’s office will provide daily updates on new cases, total Active Cases and on the status of the vaccination rollout.


Vaccination update

The Groote populations have high rates of vaccination:


Double vaccination rates for age 16 years and over:

  • Alyangula – 95%
  • Umbakumba – 95%
  • Angurugu – 92%
  • Milyakburra – 91%
  • TOTAL – 93%


Double vaccination rates for age 12 to 15:

  • Alyangula – 83%
  • Umbakumba – 61%
  • Angurugu – 72%
  • Milyakburra – 50%
  • TOTAL – 72%


See the notice attachment for further information, including:

  • Vaccination for 5 to 11 year old children started on 17 January 2022
  • Booster (third) vaccinations are now available from all the clinics
  • Reporting Rapid Antigen (RAT) tests
  • Mask mandate - masks must generally be worn indoors
  • See notice attachment for full details
Source: 

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, NT Government

13th January: 21 COVID cases on Groote; Vaccine now for children

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 13 January, 2022
Notice text: 


Cases of COVID on Groote

There have now been a total of 21 positive cases of COVID-19 on Groote Eylandt. All cases are isolating at home or being supported to isolate by their employer. There is currently no evidence of community transmission on Groote Eylandt.


Vaccine rollout for 5-11-year old children

Children aged 5-11 years will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from 17th January 2022.


Vaccination options:

  • Home visits by Health Clinic staff for Umbakumba and Angurugu communities
  • Walk-ins are welcome at Umbakumba and Angurugu Health Clinics
  • Bookings can be made at the Alyangula Health Clinic - 8987 6255
  • Child Health Nurses will be vaccinating children at Angurugu School at the commencement of Term 1
  • ALC will host BBQs and Hotdog days to support the chilren’s vaccination roll-out
  • NOTE: A parent or legal guardian will be asked to provide consent prior to each child being vaccinated.


See also the notice attachment for updates and details about Rapid Antigen Tests, Masks and who needs to isolate.


Source: 

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, NT Government

8th January: 9 COVID cases on Groote with more to be confirmed

Date of notice or action: 
Friday, 7 January, 2022
Notice text: 


As of 7th January, there have been 7 new confirmed positive cases for Groote Eylandt since the last update. There are also a further 4 positive Rapid Antigen Test results currently subject to confirmation with PCR testing.


This brings the total positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Groote to 9 with a further 4 cases likely soon to be confirmed. All cases are in isolation and there is no current evidence of any community transmission on Groote Eylandt.



Source: 

NT Government, Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, NT Government

31st December: Second positive COVID-19 case on Groote Eylandt

Date of notice or action: 
Friday, 31 December, 2021
Notice text: 


There has been a second confirmed COVID-19 case on Groote Eylandt.


On 30th December, two GEMCO workers were flown off from Groote Eylandt to the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility in Darwin after returning positive COVID-19 tests.


Both workers are fully vaccinated and were in isolation following detection of the cases. All contacts from both the incoming plane and on site are in isolation on Groote Eylandt.


For further details, see the 2 notice attachments at the links below (one is from GEMCO, one is from the NT Government Chief Minister’s Office).


Source: 

GEMCO Community FaceBook page, and NT Government Chief Minister's page

30th December: Positive COVID-19 case on Groote Eylandt

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 29 December, 2021
Notice text: 


On Wednesday 29th December a GEMCO worker on Groote Eylandt tested positive for COVID-19. The worker arrived by plane from Cairns on Tuesday 28th December. The worker had followed NT Border Entry and GEMCO COVID requirements.


The worker has been flown to Howard Springs, and close contacts have been isolated.


On Thursday 30th December, Gemco has mandated all its workers to wear masks when in indoor workplaces, vehicles etc..


For further details, see the notice attachment


Source: 

NT Government Chief Minister's Office, and Vinje Randall GEMCO External Affairs

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