Information sheet about the coronavirus disease for MG people

MG Corporation understands that this is a scary and confusing time for its members. This page has some key information for MG people. General questions about COVID-19 are answered.

Key Messages

1. Everyone needs to work together to help stop the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19.

2. The disease is very easy to catch and is very dangerous. The position is so serious that the Minister for Emergency Services has declared a state of emergency in Western Australia.

3. Protect your family from getting the disease by:

 staying in your homes or on your communities;

 washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face;

 only leaving your house quickly for essentials, such as grocery shopping;

 keeping an arms’ length distance from other people at all times; and

 never being in large groups.

4. If everyone gets sick at once, the hospitals will not have enough room to help everyone. There is no known treatment for the disease. It is important to try and avoid the disease in the first place.

5. People from all over the world are getting this disease and some are dying. The most vulnerable people are those with underlying health issues and this includes many Aboriginal people, particularly the elderly.

6. Aboriginal people are being strongly encouraged to stay on their communities and not let other people in. In fact, the Commissioner of Police and State Emergency has given a direction that ‘a person who is outside the boundaries of a Remote Aboriginal Community must not enter’. People who go onto other communities could be fined $50,000

Help for MG People

MG Corporation is working with its directors and the State Government to source available funding to provide MG people with support. Keep an eye on the MG Facebook page for further information.

The Australian Government is providing additional Centrelink money for people receiving benefits, including a one-off payment of $750. Use your MyGov login details to find out more about your entitlements or call Centrelink on 1300 169 468.

Waringarri Arts has some limited resources available to assist its artists. For further information telephone (08) 9168 2212.

Kununurra Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation has been given $50,000 by the State Government to assist Aboriginal people to return to their communities. Call (08) 9168 1528 or 0402 830 553 for further information


What is coronavirus? And what is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus known to cause breathing problems. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a coronavirus. Because it is new, no one has immunity. It is spreading throughout the world at a rapid rate and is very dangerous – people are dying from this disease.

How do I catch COVID-19?

COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through:

 close contact with a person who has the disease; and

 touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with the disease, and then touching your mouth or face.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other colds and flus and include: fever; sore throat; cough; tiredness; difficulty breathing. It is important to remember that most people displaying those symptoms are likely suffering with a cold – not COVID-19.

What do I do if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms within 14 days of being overseas or having contact with someone who has the disease, you should arrange to see the doctor as soon as possible. Telephone OVAHS or the Kununurra District Hospital before you arrive and tell them your history. You must remain isolated in your home or in a health care setting until public health authorities tell you it is safe to leave.

What are the rules about Aboriginal Communities?

A person may only enter onto or remain on the land or waters within a Remote Aboriginal Community:

 where the person is on or returning to the community they normally work or live in;

 for family or cultural purposes;

 to provide essential services or supplies, including food and medical care;

 in an emergency;

 if authorised by law; or

 if approved in writing by the Minister for Emergency Services.

Where can I find our more?

Federal Government

State Government

World Health Organization

WA Department of Health

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