A message from Jenny

Since the initial outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) it has significantly impacted us all in various ways, leaving most of us feeling uncertain and anxious. As individuals we can’t control the global pandemic, but we can control our own actions and do our best to keep everyone safe.

As we all work to minimise the risk of outbreaks and the virus spreading remember to take care of each other, and plan and communicate with your loved ones and the people you live and work with. I know we can get through this together.

Remember to keep an active plan in place with your loved ones, and the people you live and work with, what you will all do if someone becomes ill (even with something other than COVID-19). Write down how you will manage self-isolation if someone comes into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Who will bring them food? What symptoms will you be looking for? How will they manage the symptoms? Write down emergency numbers and family phone numbers and lists of medications and other requirements for each family member in case they become ill or need to self-isolate. Leave them in a place where all of you can access them. It’s no good having a thermometer or Panadol in a cupboard that only you know about.

Talk to young workers about what to do if they are feeling sick and make sure they are not pressured to work. Likewise, make sure they have a contingency plan if they are well and their hours are cut.

If you are on social media, it is a good time to set up a family or home group chat if you haven’t already. Or a group text. Have someone check in frequently by phone with those who don’t have the technical skills.

Remind everyone about wearing a face mask, handwashing hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing. Talk about sharing bathrooms or bedrooms and kitchens. Above all, don’t panic. Be a good human being and remember - we’re all in this together.

Just like all of you, I’ve had to change the way I’ve done things to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19 as I travel between Maitland and Parliament House in Sydney.

Everyone's safety is important and we need to work together to help one another do the right thing and ensure we are following Health advice and orders put in place.

Kind Regards,
Jenny Aitchison MP
State Member for Maitland
Shadow Minister for Regional Transport and Roads

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