COVID-Ready: First Nations

COVID-19 is now circulating widely in Queensland.

It’s likely that most Queenslanders will either get COVID-19, or be directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Now is the time to Get COVID-Ready.

Even fully vaccinated (two doses) people might still get COVID-19. Most people will only get mild symptoms, like a sore throat and runny nose, but others might be worse. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at greater risk of getting sick from COVID-19.

Wherever you live, whatever your health conditions and whatever your vaccination status, you’ll be cared for.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe:

Testing positive to COVID-19

You might need to go hospital if you have COVID-19, even if your symptoms are mild and:

  • you have a chronic health condition or a disability and need extra support
  • where you live makes it hard to isolate safely from others
  • you live a long way from a hospital.

What to do if you test positive  to COVID-19.

Getting COVID-Ready

Prepare yourself for when COVID-19 arrives

  1. Keep away from others where you can
  2. Wash your hands a lot, and use sanitiser
  3. Make a plan (PDF, 4 9MB) for you, your children and anyone else in your home. Make a copy of the plan (you can take a photo on your phone) and give it to your health worker or doctor.

Choose to mask up

Masks may be mandatory for some parts of Queensland, at some times. Keep up to date with current public health directions for your area.

Even if it’s not mandatory, keep wearing a mask if you want to. Wear a mask when you are not able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and others.

Get your health in check

You should keep attending any health appointments, and book future ones now if you are able to.

Show your proof of vaccination

You must show proof of vaccination to enter some businesses and venues.

Everyone will still be able to access retail services, public transport, and places of worship.

If you have the latest version of the Check In Qld app, you can add your COVID-19 digital certificate so it’s ready to display when you check in at a venue. You’ll need your MyGov log in to do this.

Alternatively, you can print out a copy and carry it with you.

It's not too late to vaccinate

You can still get vaccinated. Book online on the Queensland Government website, on the Check In Qld app, or find your nearest walk-in clinic.

Book in your booster shot

Check with your health worker or doctor when you can get your booster shot. It might be from 2 months depending on other health conditions you have. If you're eligible, book now.

Get tested

If you have any of these symptoms, get tested, even if you think they're not bad.

  • Headache
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Trouble breathing.

You must stay home after your test until you get your result. Find your nearest testing centre.

10 things you can do to Get COVID-Ready

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Getting COVID-19

If you get COVID-19, follow first steps if you have COVID-19.

If you have COVID-19

You will:

  • get a call to say you have COVID-19
  • need to stay home and keep away from others
  • be asked:
    • how you’re feeling
    • what other health issues you have
    • if you live with anyone
    • where you have been
    • who your current health worker or doctor is.

This will help work out the best care for you. You will receive COVID Care at Home or COVID Care in Hospital depending on your health conditions and symptoms.

You will most likely be able to stay home and be cared for by a health worker or doctor. They will phone you or video call every day or two until you get better.

You may have to go to hospital if you are very sick, have other health issues, can’t stay home, aren’t near a hospital or if you get worse.

If you test positive you will need to stay in your home until you are told you can leave. This will stop the spread to other people.

If you can’t stay at home, you will most likely be sent to a hospital for care.

Getting support

If you need to get food or medicines while isolating, get a friend or family member to help, or order food online if possible. Don’t leave your home to go shopping.

If this is hard for you, call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349, who can help with a no-contact delivery of food and supplies to your home.

If you are not able to do your job from home, you may be able to get financial help from the government. Contact Services Australia on 180 22 66 to find out more. If you speak a language other than English, call 131 202.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support services

  • National Coronavirus Helpline – call 1800 020 080 and press 5
  • Make the Choice - visit the website to access  COVID-19 information, support and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) - visit the website to find your local NACCHO member or affiliate near you
  • COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - visit the website to:
    • book your vaccination appointment
    • find a walk-in vaccination location near you
    • locate a testing clinic.

Living with or supporting others

You may need to get care COVID Care in Hospital if you live with others. Make sure you complete a COVID Care Plan for adults  (PDF, 1,001 KB) and make other arrangements should you need to go to hospital.

The people you live with, and other close contacts, may also need to stay at home if you have COVID-19. The local public health unit will let them know how long they need to remain at home.

Get COVID-Ready kit video

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Get COVID-Ready kit

COVID-19 is now circulating widely in Queensland, so it’s a good time to prepare your Get COVID-Ready kit (PDF, 497 KB)

If you get COVID-19 and need to isolate, it may be too late to get the essentials in order. Be prepared and do what you can now.

Your kit should include:

  • a thermometer
  • pain relief
  • your regular medications
  • a plan for who can look after your children, pets, or people in your care only if you have to go to hospital
  • face masks, hand sanitiser and gloves
  • a plan for how you’ll get food and essentials for two weeks such as frozen meals, long life milk, and supplies and food for your pets. If possible, arrange a friend or family member who doesn’t live with you to shop for you and leave it at your door
  • phone numbers for people you can call if you need help
  • stay-at-home activities to keep you entertained
  • a COVID Care Plan in case you get COVID-19. You can give it to your health worker or doctor if you need to go to hospital.

Print out a copy (PDF, 497 KB) to put on  your fridge.

COVID Care Plan

If you or a family member needs to go to hospital, a COVID Care Plan will contain important information about you and the people you care for. It will help your health worker or doctor understand your family’s health needs and decide on the best care.

Talk to your friends and family to see if they can care for your kids, pets, and other people in your care, just in case you need to go to hospital.