As you know, despite Victorians doing the hard yards for 3+ months, this past week we’ve seen an alarming spike in COVID-19 infections across some areas of Melbourne. Many of these infections have arisen from community transmission. The ongoing health and economic impacts are obvious. We’ve seen some restrictions reintroduced and the easing of other restrictions delayed. Last week we were starting to plan for moving the trade school back to something approaching normality – now that’s on hold. The next few weeks will be critical in determining whether this is a spike or a second wave.
None of us can afford to be complacent. We all need to remain vigilant and continue to follow all of the government’s requirements and recommendations.
The Victorian government has launched its COVID-19 suburban testing blitz Hotspot intervention plan. The six local government areas of Hume, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin have been publicly identified by the government as coronavirus ‘hotspots’ due to the level of community transmission. From today, a targeted testing blitz will occur across the suburbs of Keilor Downs, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Broadmeadows, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham. These suburbs have been selected due to the high rates of recent community transmission, the risk of undetected coronavirus circulating in the community and the risk of outbreaks occurring that threaten Victoria’s suppression strategy.
We strongly recommend that our apprentices, trainees and trade school students who live in, work in, or regularly visit these suburbs consider getting themselves tested. The link above provides further details including testing locations.
We also strongly recommend that you download the COVIDSafe app which is designed to assist health officials to quickly understand and tackle the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For further information go to https://covidsafe.gov.au
Finally, a reminder that if you are unwell, then do not attend the workplace or your trade school. NECA Education and Careers GTO apprentices and trainees should contact your field officer should you have any questions.
Chief Executive Officer