Communities will not be able to deal with the virus …

Comment on Bush towns making their own Coronavirus plans is ‘nonsense’ by Jack.

Communities will not be able to deal with the virus and there is probably little that can be done to change this.
Aboriginal people will not adopt the self protection measures such as social distancing and will continue such practices as sharing a cigarette around a group. Five or so new infections in a few minutes.
With the exception of bolstering clinic staff there is little point working at the community level.
It is more useful to isolate communities and prevent the infection getting in for as long as possible.
That way when the virus eventually strikes communities there will be ICU beds in Alice Springs with respirators to save lives.
That strategy requires strong and decisive action.
It takes the political will to endure the backlash of shutting down the Bush Bus and keeping Yirara students strictly on campus.
The measures needed are inconvenient and unpopular.
Unfortunately, that probably means they won’t be taken.
It seems inevitable that we will not have a flattened curve but a huge spike where infections are doubling every day and the hospital is overwhelmed.
At this point it seems obvious that there will be lives lost that could have been saved with strong proactive measures.

Recent Comments by Jack

Aborigines may defy orders, come to Alice for food: CLC
Very few remote community residents travel to Alice Springs to shop for a healthy food basket.
Keeping the price of healthy food low on communities will not prevent people from coming to town.
There are fast food attractants in town, plus the availability of alcohol that draws remote residents to town.
But the healthy food basket is not one of them.

Council meeting under COVID-19 lockdown
Miserly support from the Council.
The rates payment due dates for the last quarterly payment will be extended from April 3 to June 30.
Many in our town are getting much less income but the Council intends to maintain its own.
We have sky high rates and they must be reduced.
I see the council work gangs doing normal non urgent tasks.
They currently have two jobs going.
One is for yet another ovals and parks maintenance worker.
The others is a Director of Community Development, a $100K position.
Best way to develop relations with the community is to cut rates, not spin the lack of cuts.

COVID-19 news: Alice Springs woman diagnosed
Isolating communities is showing some success.
I have had many queries from remote community friends asking when the road will be open.
Most are accepting that they should stay in their communities.
Community clinics are working hard to inform residents.
Is disobeying the self isolation requirement for returning residents going to undo the good work?

Territory Alliance looking beyond COVID-19
Here we are facing an unprecedented pandemic that will certainly take many lives in Aboriginal communities and the Territory Alliance focus is post COVID-19?
It is not as if Gunner is doing so well he doesn’t need an opposition.
To the contrary he is not handling the crisis well.
Is testing happening in the community?
Are there enough ICU beds in the hospital?
How many respirators are available?
Forget the distant future Terry Mills.
There is a tragedy about to unfold here and you need to speak up about it.

COVID-19 news: Alice Springs woman diagnosed
@ Psuedo Guru: Community clinics are providing hand sanitisers.
I had a message this morning saying that after a group of mourners had finished shaking hands the clinic nurse made them all clean their hands.

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