Public Health Alert: COVID-19 emergency evacuation advice

An aerial view of a flooded street and properties in the town of Yamba, in northern New South Wales, on March 2, 2022. Picture: Elise Hassey/Getty Images

NSW Health has issued important advice to people who are isolating due to COVID-19 and need to evacuate their home due to the threat of rising floodwaters.

“If you are told to evacuate, you must evacuate,” said NSW Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale.

“Under no circumstances should you remain in self-isolation at your residence – your safety is our highest concern and an emergency evacuation is a valid reason to leave your home.”

Dr Gale urged all people isolating due to COVID-19 in communities at risk of flooding to develop an evacuation plan immediately.

“Start putting together your medicines, extra drinking fluids and comfort items ready to go with you,” she said.

“Where possible, stay with friends and family who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, who have enough space in their home for you to continue self-isolating and who do not have an elderly or severely immunocompromised person at home. You may also choose to stay in a hotel or motel if feasible.”

Evacuation centres have plans to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Do not hesitate to go to an evacuation centre if you have no safe, alternative accommodation.

For more details on evacuation plans, the State Emergency Service has advice here: