The international COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly, with local transmission reported in NSW. As the situation changes, we need to be able to adapt processes and strategies to the current level of risk.
Individuals who receive disability, home care or other personal care support services may be more vulnerable to serious complications if they do become infected, depending on the nature of their disability and other medical history.
Individuals who receive such services are also vulnerable should their usual care be interrupted. It is particularly important that transmission among these groups is minimised through enhanced infection prevention and control procedures.
We appreciate the work that disability support providers are doing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for their residents.
NSW Health currently recommends that anyone
- who resides in South West Sydney, and
- is providing support or care to a person with disability anywhere in NSW - either inside or outside of a residential facility, including day programs, supported employment programs, community access and disability transport
should wear a mask when they are providing support or care.
This advice is under continuing review to ensure that it addresses current risks. Further guidance will be provided if these recommendations need to continue after July.
Please continue to monitor Latest news and updates for COVID-19 case locations in NSW.
Guidance is designed to be used alongside other available resources, including those from the Commonwealth Department of Health and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. Information provided is also consistent with the national Management and Operational Plan for People with Disability.