Last year the COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruptions to our annual ski season.
While 2021 is faring better in terms of COVID outbreaks caution is still required, with social distancing a basic hygiene measures still applicable.
At the time of going to press, Victoria had just been plunged into its fourth snap lockdown in 12 months.
NSW was in a better position, but we cannot afford to become complacent.
Our ski resorts all have their own COVID safety plans in place and the NPWS is guided by the NSW Health regulations.
But the basics apply – if you are unwell, get tested and isolate until given the all-clear.
Get vaccinated. Vaccinations are available to eligible people locally, but if you can get the jab before heading to the slopes, that is advisable.
Health facilities in our region are limited.
Cooma Hospital is the main hospital for the Snowy Monaro region. It does not have an Intensive Care Unit and only has the capacity to intubate one patient temporarily, before they can be transferred to either Canberra or Bega.
The snow season always puts more pressure on the local health services. Jindabyne’s population alone usually triples during the winter months.
With more people, and increases in injuries presenting from the slopes, our hospitals and medical centres are already stretched. Should a COVID-19 outbreak occur as well, the local facilities simply do not have the resources to cope. This is why local health workers and our local community implore everyone who visits our beautiful region to abide by the social distancing regulations.
If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms while visiting the Snowy Monaro, such as a fever, sore throat, head ache, fatigue, aches and pains, runny nose, cough or breathing issues the best thing to do is get tested.
Online bookings are now availableYou can check your eligibility and book an appointment by going to the Australian Government’s Healthdirect Covid Vaccine Eligibility Tracker. The new online booking system went live on Monday, May 24.
Vaccinations are being delivered in Southern NSW Health LHD at South East Regional Hospital, Bega, and at mobile clinics throughout the LHD. Mobile clinics are currently planned for Queanbeyan, Jindabyne and Goulburn. More sites may become available soon.
People aged under 50 years of age – Will be offered a Pfizer vaccine
People aged 50+ years of age – Will be offered an AstraZeneca vaccine
For more information visit covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility or phone HealthDirect on 1800 571 155.
Anyone who presents for COVID-19 testing, even if asymptomatic, will be tested. Tests are FREE of charge. Appointments are not required.
We recommend the community pre-register for a COVID-19 test by calling 1800 318 248. Our support line is open daily from 7am – 5pm or use our enquiry form.It’s OK to get tested more than once, if you have symptoms at different points in time.
How do I get my results? Following your attendance at the COVID clinic, you will receive instructions on how to get your COVID test results.
Drive through clinic.Enter driveway off Victoria St, near Community Health / Maternity Buildings Victoria St, Cooma NSW 2630 Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am - 1pm
Pre-register or enquiry - call
1800 318 248
Bombala Multi-Purpose Service
Online bookings are now available. Wellington Street Bombala.
By appointment only Monday to Thursday
Register or enquiry - call 1800 318 248