Lane Cove Covid 19 Update 17th March 2020

Below is the latest information we have about Lane Cove events and NSW Health Advice.

As at 11 am today, an additional 39 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed since NSW Health’s last update at 11 am March 16, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NSW to 210.

Confirmed cases (incl. interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 210
Cases under investigation 1,482
Cases tested and excluded 28,552
Total 30,244


Cases by Sex and Age Group

Age group Female Male Total
10-19 5 6 11
20-29 18 12 30
30-39 28 24 52
40-49 18 19 37
50-59 18 17 35
60-69 12 19 31
70-79 3 5 8
80-89 1 2 3
90-100 3 3
Total 106 104 210


By likely source of infection:

Source No
Overseas acquired 90
Epi link (contact of confirmed case) 54
Under investigation 42
Unknown 24
Total 210


Empty Shelves

Residents are reporting that Coles and Woolworths have limited stock and that there are plenty of empty shelves.  We have many local stores who are independent and receive supplies via different supply chains.  Now is a good time to shop local and support those local independent stores. There are also local stores that deliver to your home. Details here.

Bern the Chef

Local Caterer Bern the Chef works from a commercial kitchen and she is now delivering home-cooked meals.  She has advised as follows:

“I’m in a unique situation. I have a commercial kitchen, I work in a protected mostly isolated business location. We only cook for catering purposes, not for the general public. This means everyone who comes in and out of my business location has to abide by NSW health regulations and use best practise with hygiene & care in food production.
I also have access to great fresh food, fruit & vegetables straight from the markets, meat & fish suppliers and dry goods.
I’m a small business and I’ve been in operation now for 12 years with this business, after being in business & partnerships with other food operators. I’d like to stay in business during this difficult period, so I’ve changed tack.
I’m going full-on Granny Cook and putting together Family Meals for delivery & for pick up.
There’s a menu coming, it will change weekly, and there will be some dishes that folks dream about.
Beek Cheeks in Stout, Lancashire Pie, Persian Chicken with Almonds & Rosewater, Golden Syrup Dumplings, Poached Quince, Nutmeg Roast Pudding, and more.
At this stage, a delivery service will run in the local area on Thursday afternoons or pick up from the kitchen (non exposed/non-quarantined only) on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
I’ll take orders here, and via email [email protected]
bern the chef
Bern the Chef

Burns Bay Bookery

Ths shop is trading as normal.  However if it helps anyone self isolating at home, they are operating a local home delivery system!! Call the shop on 9427 4218 or email your wish list to [email protected]

Even if you don’t have a wish list – we’ll be happy to put together a selection for you and the kids.

How to Help Your Neighbours

Sydney Community Services (9427 6425) is a central source for anyone in Lane Cove or Hunters Hill who either need to self-isolate or choose to not go outside as they worry they are at risk of the Corona Virus.

If you are a neighbour of someone who may be at risk please check they are ok and let Sydney Community Services know if they need to be on the vulnerable list.

They are putting together a database of people who are in isolation but they also need volunteers who are able to help others who need emergency supplies, or even just give social contact, through a phone link.

From Monday at 8.30 am they will have a line to take any referrals by phone on 9427 6425. In the meantime email [email protected] with your details.

Lane Cove and Greenwich Library Events Are Cancelled

All events at Lane Cove and Greenwich Libraries are cancelled from Tuesday 17 March. Where possible events will be rescheduled at a later date.

Local Sports Suspended

Netball –  Northern Suburbs Netball Association has advised that the 2020 Winter Competition start date has been postponed until 1 May 2020 and this will be reviewed as COVID-19 evolves.

Lane Cove Junior Rugby Union Club –  Rugby Australia along with the State and Territory Member Unions have unanimously agreed to postpone all Community Rugby until the first week of May.

Lane Cove West Tigers Junior Rugby League –  Training is cancelled for the next 2 weeks. After this time we will make a decision on the following weeks. This includes the Marvellous Minis program and our new Blues Tag team training.

Lane Cove Football Club –  all football activities, including training is postponed until Friday 1st May, 2020, with immediate effect.

NSW Government Asks Commuters to Travel at Off – Peak Times

The NSW Minister for Transport is encouraging commuters to travel off-peak where possible, in an attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Constance said “stringent cleaning procedures” have been implemented on trains, buses and ferries.

“Cleaning squads have been deployed across trains, ferries, light rail, buses and the Metro, particularly in high traffic areas including Central, Town Hall and Wynyard,” he said.

Coles is Recruiting More Staff

Coles is hiring 5000+ casual team members to help them serve more customers and replenish shelves faster while offering employment opportunities for Australians working in other industries impacted by COVID-19. To apply visit here.

Telstra and Optus Extending Data Allowance

As we reported yesterday, Optus announced it would provide additional data on some plans.  Telstra has announced the following:

“Thursday 19 March we are providing our consumer and small business home broadband customers (ADSL, NBN and Cable) with unlimited data at no additional charge on their plan until 30 April 2020. The data, which will be provided automatically, will help facilitate videoconferencing; voice over Wi-Fi, and cloud connectivity, all important tools when working from home or in isolation.

We are also giving our consumer and small business mobile customers more data. Post-paid customers (both handheld and mobile broadband) can receive an extra 25GB of data on their plan to use in Australia within 30 days to facilitate the need for a more mobile workforce. Post-paid customers can apply for the extra data via our Telstra 24×7 and My Telstra Apps from Thursday until 31 March and the data will be available within 24-48 hours.

Telstra Pre-paid customers with an active recharge of $40+ can get 10GB of additional data to use in Australia within 28-30 days (depending on your plan). Eligible pre-paid customers can apply for the extra data via our Telstra 24×7 and My Telstra Apps from Thursday until 31 March and the offer will be applied to customer accounts within 24-48 hours.

Eligible pensioners with a Telstra home phone plan will also be able to make unlimited local, national and 13/1300 calls, and calls to Australian mobiles, from their home phone in Australia to make staying in touch with friends and family simpler. This is available from Thursday until the 30th of April.”


Information Provided in 16th March 2020 Update

Closest Covid 19 Testing Clinic

There is a Covid 19 Testing Clinic at Royal North Shore. These clinics are currently assisting with the assessment and testing of people with fever, cough or flu-like symptoms who are returned travellers or a contact of a confirmed case.

NSW Department of Health Advice on Social Distancing

Everyone should practise social distancing, as it reduces the potential for transmission.

Social distancing is an effective measure to reduce the potential for transmission, but it is recognised that it cannot be practised in all situations.

While practising social distancing, people can travel to work,including on public transport. For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare – social distancing includes:

  • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces, for example family celebrations
  • attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible, for example when they are out and about in public place.
  • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people
  • avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment.

Tips on How to Survive Self Isolation

If you are self-isolated (for example you have returned from OS).  We have put together a list of businesses who can deliver to your door.  Read more here.

Woolworths Care Packages for the Elderly

From Thursday, Woolworths will offer care packages for these shoppers that can be picked up from the customer service desk. Both the early opening and care packages can be accessed by people with a government concession card. These packages will include some of the things people have been panic buying, like toilet roll and pasta.

Coles Suspending Online Deliveries Except to the Vulnerable

Coles CEO has made the following statement:

“To dedicate vans in our network to delivering groceries to those in genuine need, especially the most vulnerable and those isolated, home delivery orders for other valued customers will be temporarily suspended. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause and a further announcement about this will be made in the coming days.

To avoid inconvenience for Coles Online customers who have been picking up incomplete Click&Collect orders due to lower product availability in stores, Coles will temporarily no longer accept Click&Collect orders.
Coles has also temporarily cancelled its UberEats delivery service during this time to enable team members to improve availability in stores”

ANZAC DAY Services have Been Called Off

The RSL released the following statement today.

“Following further discussions with the NSW Government, RSL NSW has made the decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. The risk to vulnerable people during the current health situation is simply too high for these events to continue in their traditional format.

Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow such large gatherings as we see each year on ANZAC Day to go ahead. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The RSL has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public. In these uncertain times we must follow the advice of medical experts and do everything we can to protect the community.

This is a recognition of the penalties linked to events over 500 people, and the potential exposure to RSL sub-Branches. This acknowledges the fact that most ANZAC Day events are open to all members of the community and therefore have the potential to attract crowds of over 500 people.

ANZAC Day as a marker of our respect and admiration for ANZACs past and present will still be observed. Exactly what form this will take will be different from previous years, but as custodians of commemoration, the RSL will still honour the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women. In these challenging times, we will remember them.

We will provide further updates on other ANZAC Day related activities including fundraising in the coming days.”

Chargrill Charlies Has Imposed New Procedures

Mater Maternity

The Mater Hospital has increased its precautionary measures aimed at minimising the risk of COVID-19 to its maternity patients and their babies, and is restricting visitors to the Mater maternity unit from today. Partners are still welcome however they ask that other family members and friends do not visit.
Their Maternity Tours are also cancelled until further notice.

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