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The differences between the Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants

The differences between the Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants

What are the symptoms of omicron?

Omicron appears to be continuing the trend set by delta. It’s causing symptoms that are much more like a regular cold, particularly in people who’ve been vaccinated, and fewer general systemic symptoms, such as nausea, muscle pains, diarrhoea and skin rashes.

How bad is omicron?

This new variant is much more infectious than previous variants, causing a surge in cases across the UK and in other countries. And although it’s not yet clear whether we will be facing an overwhelming wave of hospitalisations from the disease, it’s important to remember that while omicron and delta may feel like a cold to many of us, it can still kill or cause long-term symptoms that disrupt daily life, especially for people who have not been vaccinated or are immunocompromised.

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Tasmanian COVID-19 Update: Public Health response to a confirmed case

Tasmanian COVID-19 Update: Public Health response to a confirmed case

Dear Members,

The Tasmania Government has provided the following information regarding managing an outbreak in your business. More information can be found HERE


Responding to a case or outbreak in your workplace or business

With increasing case numbers in Tasmania, a case will be advised to tell their workplace they have tested positive for COVID-19 so information can be provided to other staff.

A business may also find out a worker has tested positive in some instances from Public Health. If the worker is still in the workplace, they must be directed to go home. They will be required to isolate for a minimum of 7 days from the day they had the test. Workplaces should advise all other staff to monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop and isolate until they get a negative test result.

To assist in keeping all Tasmanians safe, workplaces should ensure all staff continue to practice COVID Safe behaviours including wearing masks while indoors, practicing hand hygiene and advising staff to avoid having meal breaks and meetings together in enclosed spaces. Employers should encourage vaccination for all staff – including a booster.

The following will apply to all businesses:

  • Staff will not be identified as close contacts in the workplace unless they have had household like exposures to cases being longer than 4 hours and without wearing a mask.
  • Businesses and workplaces will not be listed as exposure sites.
  • Public Health will only be in contact if several cases are linked to your premises or event

It is possible some businesses will experience staff shortages due to isolation of cases who have been exposed in the community and to quarantining of close contacts who live in the same household as a case.

The initial steps Public Health may ask you to take are to:

  1. Review and activate your COVID-19 Safety Plan and/or Outbreak Management Plan.
    Instruct people in your setting to wear face masks.
  2. Support Public Health contact tracing by collecting and providing any additional staffing and visitor information that has not been collected via the Check in TAS app. This may include staffing rosters, manual check in/visitor log sheets or spreadsheets.
  3. Advise any contacts you may identify to quarantine at home and follow the quarantine instructions.
  4. Communicate with your staff and contractors about the case or outbreak to ensure they monitor for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.
  5. Organise cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched areas, as outlined in your COVID-19 Safety Plan. Read about cleaning and disinfection after a case
  6. Continue to encourage COVID-safe behaviours including physical distancing, hand hygiene, advising staff and visitors to stay at home if unwell, and covering coughs and sneezes.

*Important: depending on the circumstances, if the confirmed case is an employee, you may also be required by law to notify WorkSafe Tasmania of the case.


Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
NLNA – National Lotteries and Newsagents Association

GET VACCINATED, IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT!

GET VACCINATED, IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT!

Dear Members,

Leadership is about actions not words – I am so proud to say all (100%) of our Directors, staff & consultants have been vaccinated, it’s not about the cases anymore in COVID19 it’s about getting vaccinated. All different ages, cultures, religions, and lifestyles but one common goal and that’s living life again. The toughest of tough times but if we want our industry to follow (which they are) the tone must be set from the top. Actions speak louder than words.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

 

IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT ! #GETVACCINATEDNOW

IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT ! #GETVACCINATEDNOW

Dear Members,

We can’t urge you enough to do your bit for Australia.

The landscape has changed it’s not so much about looking at the case numbers but more now looking at the vaccination take-up rates. It is the only way out to keep yourself, your family, your staff, and the community safe.

Please don’t hesitate, your time is now.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

 

PRESS RELEASE | NLNA partners with Tabcorp

PRESS RELEASE | NLNA partners with Tabcorp

PRESS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE:
16 September 2021

NLNA partners with Tabcorp and continues to secure the future of the lotteries and newsagent industry.

The National Lotteries and Newsagents Association (NLNA) has officially launched its 3 year partnership with Tabcorp, the largest provider of lotteries in Australia.

NLNA was formed with the sole intention to improve income, increase foot traffic and reduce costs for our members. NLNA’s partnership with Tabcorp will inject energy and excitement into the industry, as we work together for the betterment of the industry.

Brendan Tohill, NLNA CEO said “This is an exciting partnership and lotteries are real growth pillar within our industry. Australian’s love lotteries and on the big Powerball jackpots one in three adult Australian’s purchase a ticket, we look forward to working with the Lotteries team around Australia”

NLNA is a new age association, bringing real programs to life. Working together with Tabcorp we continue to increase foot traffic for our members. In addition, NLNA has brought many initiatives such as NLNA TradeSquare, Ninsurance, Blueshyft, Amazon Hub, Digital Screen Network, HR Hotline, Free Workshops and Video Newsletters, that have immediately attracted more foot traffic, reduced costs and increased income for our members.

NLNA’s cut-through with Government during the global pandemic has been second to none in keeping the doors open nationally. COVID-19 highlights the importance of having an industry body in NLNA, with strong government relationships who advocate on behalf of our members.

NLNA continues to work tirelessly on developing strategic partnerships that will ensure a sustainable future for our members. We look forward to working with Tabcorp as we continue to grow and support our industry into the future.

PRESS RELEASE END

IT’S THE ONLY WAY OUT ! #GETVACCINATEDNOW

Vaccine appointment booking link

Dear Members,

Making Victoria safe, together 

Click here to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Tohill | Chief Executive Officer
VANA – Victorian Authorised Newsagents Association
NLNA – National Lotteries Newsagents Association

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