Keep COVID19 out of our communities

This virus must not get into our communities. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic AIG has been concerned about the virus getting into Aboriginal communities where the most vulnerable people in our country live. Pat Turner, the CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (https://www.naccho.org.au/) said if COVID-19 gets into our communities “it would be absolute devastation without a doubt”. We totally agree.

It’s time to think about protecting those who are vulnerable in our country, and do the right thing by limiting our contact with them. 

Don’t go into community

At the moment there are no cases of COVID-19 in any Aboriginal communities in the NT. To keep it that way we must limit travel into communities. What we are saying is that if you don’t really need to go, then don’t. Think of the people you are trying to keep safe. Its better to stay away if you can.

Keeping stores open and safe

AIG is managing two community stores; Bagala Store in Barunga and Wirib Store in Timber Creek. The stores will stay open so people can buy food and supplies. This is what we are doing to keep the stores safe for people to visit:

  • Hand sanitiser pumps on the walls of the store – please use when you first enter the store BEFORE touching anything.
  • Staff are cleaning surfaces in the store every hour with disinfectant to kill nasties
  • Encouraging people not to stand too close to each other in the store and no shaking hands, kissing and hugging.
  • If you have a fever, sore throat and painful cough, don’t visit the store – ring the testing hotline to organise getting tested 1800 008 002.
Stay safe and strong

These really are crazy times and it means we need to be smart about how we handle it. Stay aware and be safe by staying at home to limit contact with people, not travelling in and out of community unless you really need to and washing your hands HEAPS!!!

If you need more info – contact the national COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.

Life is going to be annoying and strange for a while.