COVID-Ready: Regional Queensland

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.

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

COVID Care Plan

The COVID Care Plan includes important information about you, your health and people in your household. You can share it with:

  • your health worker or doctor
  • other health workers such as disability carers
  • hospital staff
  • a friend or family member.

Living in rural or remote regions

Managing COVID at home

Most people will have minor symptoms just as you would for many other mild viruses, particularly if you are vaccinated and otherwise healthy. The majority of people will be able to manage their symptoms at home while isolating.

Managing your property or business

Your health is the top priority. If you are worried about managing your property or business if you need to go to hospital, you should complete a COVID Care Plan which will prompt you to think about alternatives for the management of your property or business while you receive care.

Living with or supporting others

If you live with others make sure you complete a COVID Care Plan for parents, carers and children and make other arrangements should you need to go to hospital.

Getting support

Many people in rural or remote communities have access to satellite phones and may choose to use these in an emergency, or have neighbours, friends or family who check in on them.

Make a plan with your neighbours, friends or family to do regular check ins and keep important information handy. Keep your satellite phone charged and always have another form of power to back you up.

If you are worried you won’t be able to pay your bills or provide food for your family if you get COVID-19, you’re not alone. Here are a few things that might help you:

  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. If you have been told by a health official to self-isolate, you can check your eligibility for the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment or call Services Australia on 180 22 66.
  • Support for Queensland businesses. You may be eligible for financial assistance or support from State, Federal or local government.

If you have COVID-19 and need food or supplies when you are isolating at home, call the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

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 .

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.

Get COVID-Ready kit video

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