COVID-19: What you need to know about Norfolk Island's response

The Administrator of Norfolk Island, Mr Eric Hutchinson, has declared a state of emergency on Norfolk Island in relation to Covid-19, this is effective 16 March 2020 for a period of 32 days. This State of Emergency has been extended until 30 June 2020.

The purpose of this webpage is to provide an additional platform for sharing information with the community, employees and persons interested in what is currently happening on Norfolk Island. There are other sources of information available including regular media from Emergency Management Norfolk Island (EMNI). You can view the EMNI Facebook page by clicking here. Norfolk Island Regional Council's (NIRC) facebook page, also provides some COVID19 related information, particularly radio interviews and you will find that page here. In response to this unprecedented threat posed by coronavirus/COVID-19, EMNI has instigated an Incident Management Team (IMT) made up of high level individuals with Detective Sergeant Glenn Elder as Controller and Kath Boman, as Deputy Controller.

Each new development will be added to the following list, starting with the most recent.

Sunday 17 May 2020 - EMNI Media Release announced that the Restrictions will be eased from Level 2 to Level 1 of the COVID19 Risk Matrix.

Friday 15 May 2020 - The IMT Controller, Sgt Glenn Elder has provided an updated Media Release - Risk Matrix Update for the information of the Norfolk Island Community.

Friday 1 May 2020 - The IMT Controller, Sgt Glenn Elder and the Administrator Eric Hutchinson announced on Radio that the Restrictions will be eased from Level 3 to Level 2 of the COVID19 Risk Matrix.

Friday 24 April 2020 - The Medical Superintendent has provided an Update for the Community.

Today Saturday 18 April 2020, Dr Kevin Walters was interviewed on Radio where he read a Media Release from Dr Michelle Bonnici announcing that they "have identified a positive case of COVID-19 on the island so unfortunately cannot refer to ourselves as "COVID-free". We know at this stage that at least one person came to Norfolk with the virus some time in March." The good news is that this "person does not pose a risk of spread of the virus to anyone now".

Just after 12:00noon today, Friday 17 April 2020, Eric Hutchinson the Administrator was on radio with an announcement that the restrictions on the island has been released from Lock-down Level 4, down to Level 3. Details of this announcement are available at the bottom of this page in the EMNI Media Releases for today (2020_04_17)

Dr Kevin Walters was once again interviewed on Thursday 16 April on the radio with updates on COVID19 and announcing that Flu Vaccines will be shortly available from NIHRACS prior to the upcoming winter season.

The Administrator, Eric Hutchinson was interviewed at 1:00pm on Monday 6 April, on radio, whereby he updated the community on extensions to the Essential Services that can be carried out under Lockdown. You can listen to that interview here.

As of 10:00pm, Friday 3 April 2020 the Incident Management Team Controller, Sgt Glenn Elder and the Administrator Eric Hutchinson declared Norfolk Island to be under LOCKDOWN which restricts residents movements to their homes and premises only. You can listen to that Interview on local radio here.

Sgt Elder was interviewd again this morning, Thursday 2 April, where he again urged the community to strictly adhere to the self isolation rules. You can listen to this interview here.

Dr Kevin Walters provided an update on the Island's healtch care service's response to COVID-19 to the community on Tuesday 31 March.

Sgt Elder as IMT Controller provided further updates on radio at 5:30pm on Monday evening 30 March and you can listen to that interview here.

On Monday morning, 30 March the Principal of Norfolk Island Central School (NICS) Mrs Sally Thompson was interviewed on radio to update the community on the school's response on Social Distancing and information on Home/Remote schooling for all students. You may find a link to that interview here.

Information on the NIHRACS mobile testing unit was provided by Sgt Elder on Sunday 29 March

On Friday 27 March the Administrator and Sgt Elder provided the community with information on the extension of the travel ban until 30 June 2020.

Dr Kevin Walters interview on Thursday 26 March can be listened to here.

The Administrator and Incident Controller, Glenn Elder, were interviewed on Wednesday 25 March in relation to the new restrictions on Cafe's and Clubs. You can listen to that interview here

Updates provided to the community on Monday 23 March can be listened to at link Dr Kevin Walters and Administrator. Additional updates from the Administrator on 24 March can be listened to here.

Information provided to the community on Friday 20 March by the Administrator can be listened to by clicking here

Dr Kevin Walters interview on 18 March can be listened to by clicking here and the Mayor's interview on the same date can be listened to by clicking here

Mr Hutchinson and the Mayor, Robin Adams, spoke on Radio on Tuesday 17 March to advise the community about travel conditions that were being put in place on Norfolk Island.

Police Sergeant Glenn Elder has been appointed as the Incident Controller by EMNI, Glenn can be contacted by telephoning 22222. Kath Boman, Manager Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) has been appointed Deputy Controller, Kath can be contacted on telephone 22091.

Sharyn Menzies is peforming the role of Welfare Officer and, will be ensuring that those who have returned to the island receive meals for the first 48 hours of their self-isolation period. Sharyn is based at Councils Customer Care office on New Cascade and can be reached by phoning 0100.

At this time, the community are advised to direct queries to the Office of the Administrator on telephone +672 3 22152 or, by emailing office.administrator [at] infrastructure.gov.au (subject: COVID-19)
 
If you feel unwell and require medical assistance, please contact the Norfolk Island Health and residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) on telephone + 672 3 22091.
 
In the event of an emergency, please telephone 000.

You can view more documents related to the management of COVID-19 on Norfolk Island below. The full range of EMNI Media Releases can be viewed at link http://www.norfolkisland.gov.nf/emni-media-releases