Check Before Visiting: Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and reviewing hospital visitor rules to help ensure the safety of patients, staff and other visitors. WNSWLHD Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley advises visitors to check in advance to make sure they know and understand the rules at that time, and follow the directions of staff.
Visitors may not enter if they have re- turned from overseas in the last 14 days, returned from the greater Melbourne area in the last 14 days or have been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Patients can receive multiple visitors however, no more than two visitors at a time are permitted.
Women in maternity care are permitted two visitors only including the patient’s partner. School aged children and younger are being asked not to visit and visitors to aged care residents are required to show evidence of receiving the 2020 influenza vaccination. Temperature checks are still required upon entering WNSWLHD facilities.
For more information about COVID-19 please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 088 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
Library Changes: The second phase in the easing of government restrictions has seen Forbes Library expand their services to the public from 22 June. Library card holders will be able to borrow and return books as well as use the public computers, print, and photocopy as well as sit in the library to read and study.
Phase two of the road back from COVID-19 includes the re-introduction of public internet PCs. Each session will be limited to 30 minutes and the number of PCs available will be reduced to address social distancing. Photocopying and printing services will be available, and the community is welcome to use the library for research, study and reading. Visitors will also be asked to record their contact details.
The current reduced hours at Forbes of Monday to Friday from 10am-4pm, and on Saturday from 10am-12pm will remain in place for the time being. Members will continue to be asked to use the self-check kiosk so it is essential members bring their library card. No public programs will be offered at this time, so Storytime, Rhyme Time, Author Events are not yet available.