Thursday, 2 September 2021
Statements by Members
Canberra Electorate: COVID-19
As everyone here in this chamber and building knows, Canberra, my home town, has been in lockdown since 12 August. My community knows how dangerous this delta strain of COVID-19 is and it is doing the right thing to help limit the spread of this virus. What started with an index case a few weeks ago has grown to a cluster of over 250 active cases, with 13 cases in hospital.
When providing their daily update on the situation in the ACT, the Chief Health Officer or her deputy give a shout-out to a section of the team doing the hard yards to keep us safe: contact tracers one day, our expanded testing team the next, our excellent epidemiologists. Today I would like to give a shout-out to our Chief Health Officer, Kerryn Coleman, and her leadership team for their resolve and direction through this ongoing crisis. I'd also like to give a shout-out to the broader workforce getting our community through this: our educators and support staff; our school students; our essential cleaning staff across the government and care sectors; our online delivery drivers, delivering food to hundreds in isolation; our community sector staff, working with government to support and vaccinate our most vulnerable citizens; Julie Tongs and all the staff at Winnunga. There are too many to list in 90 seconds, but I thank all of you.