20 April 2020
The government is increasing COVID-19 testing in ‘hotspots’ including the Woollahra council area. Anyone with fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath should arrange a test by calling their GP or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or by visiting a COVID-19 clinic. St Vincent’s Hospital runs COVID clinics at Bondi Beach Pavilion and the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre 34 Burton Street, 9am-4pm every day. You can also get tested at the Sydney Eye Hospital 10am-6pm weekdays and RPA Hospital 8am-10pm, every day. Call Healthdirect to check if you should be tested if you have symptoms but live outside the hotspots.
Last week I spoke with Redfern Legal Centre to discuss tenancy concerns and am following up with ministers to strengthen protections and help those falling through the cracks. I continue to contribute to online forums like Live from Stonewall to support local artists and patrons amidst the shutdown: HERE and for the Surry Hills Creative Precinct this week.
The tragic Ruby Princess incident will be the focus of a powerful Special Commission of Inquiry as well as the NSW Police/Coroner investigation. I hope that these get to the bottom of what went wrong to make sure it does not happen again.