Freedom Day for NSW !
After 106 days of lockdowns, NSW double dose vaccination rates hit 70%. The promised freedoms have been introduced. And so we begin. Our rate is now actually at 73%, with more freedoms to be enacted at 80%.
New premier Dominic Perrotet has noted that he will always consider the advice of health officials but he was adamant that he will also consider the mental health and the economic health of this state. Something that invites little criticism.
Victoria infection rates continues to rise but the mortality rate is less than many predicted as double dose vaccination simply saves lives. We reach out to all our valued distributors in Melbourne as they now own the record for the longest lockdown for any city in the world.
As to the other states, strict border closures remain in place. However at some point of time those borders will reopen and if double dose vaccination is even at 90%, then it remains inevitable that Covid Delta variant will enter the state. The ACT territory remains locked down as well as positive cases remain outstanding.
Hopefully we all can open safely, albeit with separate timelines. The Federation has been exposed to some hard questions which will need to be addressed in the future.
VISIONCHART employees vaccination rate is at 85%. Masks will not be required internally after the general population hits 80% double dose. However it will still be a cautious atmosphere of applying safe work and delivery conditions.
Looking around the office I see a lot of ‘mop top’ employees desperate for haircuts, pedicures and such. Maybe I’ll just keep growing my hair ?!
The 4 square metre rule still applies for internal gatherings. This makes it difficult for CBD businesses, simply getting people up and down in lifts. This has to change for a robust economic revival. Sanitisers in front of lifts and masks on people, is a simple and safe solution when you have 80% or more double dosed.
Our supply chain and warehouses have been managed wonderfully during the last 3 months. We are at high stock levels in all locations ready for the economic and social opening that we have all been looking forward to.
Australia, we’re better together.
Since our last update, a major shift occurred within the NSW Govt. A vaccination rate of 70% of the population to be double vaccinated was set and with that, an announcement of Oct 18 as a date for the release from what will be 114 days of lockdown. Subject to further conditions however, it does give NSW a date where we hope things will improve. The State Govt changed its public statements, to one where we are encouraged to live with the Covid virus. Others within the State Health department are pushing for a higher vaccination rate of 80-85%, however the costs of this would have to be balanced against the mental and economic health of the population.
On average 9 people die by suicide in Australia, every day!
And 178 people attempt suicide, every day!
This is a national disaster and should be viewed as such in context to Covid
Victoria remains a concern as they are in strict lockdowns and have been subjected to the longest lockdown of any State or Territory. Their infection rates are increasing. However it does seem that the Delta variant spreads more rapidly but is less deadly than the Alpha variant. The number of people in ICU or ventilators continues to rise. The statistic though is startling. Of those dying, approximately 80% have had no vaccine.
Another non predicted impact from Covid, has been the challenges now presented to the supply chain and logistics infrastructure. Local transport costs rising rapidly, congestion and delays with deliveries and most notable very large increases in the costs of shipping product in from overseas. Such issues will continue well into next year.
At VISIONCHART, we are highly aware of the need to provide a safe working environment for all employees. This involves, WFH where practical, stringent goods in – goods out safe handling procedures, masks within all operational areas, QR checkins and sanitizing stations at all entry and exit points and a policy of mandatory vaccination for employees.
All of the VISIONCHART team remain motivated and engaged to continue supplying our valued customers, with Australia’s best range of innovative Visual Communication products.
Such products are seen everyday being delivered (and installed where possible) to a wide range of education, health, government and corporate facilities.
Time passes and things don’t seem to change that much. Sydney’s lockdown is extended until August 31 and Brisbane and Melbourne have had short lockdowns as well. Melbourne is currently in another. Over 13 million vaccinations conducted but health authorities are saying that we have to reach 70 or 80% of the population to be vaccinated before lockdowns are removed from our vocabulary. We will see.
VISIONCHART under guidance from the NSW government, is a supplier of Essential Services being Office Supplies. So we remain open and committed to supplying our Australian network of distributors and resellers. Those workers who can work from home continue to do so. Others who cannot do so : particularly in customer service, warehouse, manufacturing and deliveries remain safely doing their duties. Our commitment is to their safety so :
• All staff must have a weekly Covid Test
• Anyone from a Red Zone must have a Covid test every 72 hours
• Face Masks MUST be worn indoors
• Maintain social distancing
• All staff Log into and out of the NSW Services Covid App
• Regular and constant use of hand sanitizer when moving about or using tools
• If you feel unwell DO NOT COME TO WORK – get tested and isolate.
• And we encourage all staff to consider Covid vaccines ASAP.
Stay safe and well to you and all your families.
Well the good news so far is that unemployment has fallen to 10 year lows of 4.9% in Australia.
However that’s where it’s stopped as the Delta Covid variant has outrun Covid testing authorities. The ease of transmission has meant faster and wider spread rates. So Sydney is in the middle of a 4 week lockdown and Melbourne has just entered a 5 day lockdown. Will it be longer? Probably.
It’s tempting to say .. just let the virus rip and get out of lockdown. But this should be tempered by the Delta variant infecting people of all ages. Young people under 40 are currently in ICU.
To July 15, 9.6 million Australians have had at least one vaccination. That’s nearly 40% of our population. We are judging the government on how many Australians have had both jabs. That I believe is unfair, as even 1 dose provides effectiveness against Covid. More Pfizer vaccine is arriving and this will mean younger Australians can be inoculated. We remain optimistic that by October the need for lockdowns will not be required because of widespread vaccination.
VISIONCHART Sydney and Melbourne operations remain working under extra safety regulations.
Get the jab. Mask up. Sanitise. Remain positive. This too … we shall overcome !
What a difference a few days make regarding the spread of transmissions. All of Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains LGA’s are now in lockdown. What does this mean for VISIONCHART and our customers? Those Visionchart employees who can work from home are now doing so. Those in the office, warehouse and manufacturing continue to work with appropriate sanitising, distancing and face masks. Deliveries and installations are still being managed in a safe and responsible manner. Many of our orders and deliveries are for hospitals, government and schools so VISIONCHART is proud, in our small part, to help the wheels of our economy continue to keep moving. VISIONCHART warehouses in other states of Australia continue to work without restrictions. We remained very concerned about the mental health impact of the lockdown on small businesses, particularly in hospitality. For those who may be finding it particularly difficult, please click on this link to the Beyond Blue foundation who are working with small business:
Stay safe and once again, thank you for your support.
Following on from our June 7 update, 4 LGA areas in Sydney have now gone into a Covid lockdown. They are :
Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney. NSW recorded its biggest rise in daily Covid-19 cases since the latest outbreak began on Friday, with 22 new locally acquired infections bringing the total to 70. Residents and workers in those areas cannot leave those areas for non essential reasons. As like Melbourne earlier in the month, the Delta variant has been responsible for the transmissions. This as we are informed, is a more contagious variant.
Lockdowns are not a measure of success. They represent a last resort effort to control the virus. Sanitising, safe distancing, mask wearing and Covid testing remain at the forefront of our defences. And it would help if the vaccination rollout had been better managed months ago however it’s noted that 6.8 million people have had at least their 1st dose to date.
To their credit and that of NSW Health, the government has fully contact traced all infections and those infected are all in isolation.
VISIONCHART is fully operational with enhanced safe shipping, receiving, delivery and installation procedures in place.
In the ensuing months since our last update, the biggest news has been the release of the Covid vaccines to the Australian population.
These vaccines have meant that if we can achieve immunisation then there is a path forward to permanent borders openings within Australia and international travel can be brought forward. Much politicking has occurred over the Federal governments speed to vaccination however such criticisms should be tempered by a vocal percentage of the population who refuse vaccinations. Vaccinations are not mandatory. Pleased to say that Visionchart employees of appropriate age are getting vaccinated with Astra Zeneca and Pfizer.
The most pressing current issue is the Victorian government’s 14 day lockdown. This has occurred as an Indian variant of Covid (Delta strain) has infected over 60 people at the time of writing. As I have written over a year ago now, this all is quite an expected pattern of virus mutations.
The key is getting more Australians vaccinated. The UK and the US have had stellar vaccination rollout programs. Australia is still lagging however the 4th Melbourne lockdown has, it could be argued, changed the philosophy of ‘getting the jab’.
We await to see if further State lockdowns will occur however this is not a Virus that can be eliminated. Only managed. I continue to remain concerned for the mental health of people subjected to harsh lockdowns. Better contact tracing and high higher vaccination numbers remain our hope.
Covid-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) has proved to be as resilient as most other viruses. It has mutated into a faster spreading virus and this appears to have occurred initially in the UK. It is part of the virus’ survival mechanism and in most parts is to be expected. As will another mutation and then another before finally this particularly virus, is either eradicated or we develop an immunity.
So as of this date, we await the vaccine rollout in Australia. Who receives it, when .. what is the efficacy? And what does this mean for healthcare and business ?
Vaccines have been developed in an extremely short period in part because Covid-19 closely resembled genetically other corona viruses – Sars and Mers in particular.
As of this date, local transmissions (those outside quarantine hotels) are very low, or non existent. This is due to most people observing health guidelines from their various State officials. Borders are still closed to Victoria and WA and NSW still has restrictions on the number of people allowed at functions etc. The Australia Day long weekend will present transmission opportunities so the wearing of masks in close public areas and hand sanitation remains paramount. If infections over the holiday period are low then it presents a positive environment for a return to some business normality in February. And the first benefit of an improved infection rate would be the re-opening of all Australian borders.
Stay safe. Follow the rules.
In our response to Covid-19, Australia is the envy of the world. Our testing protocols and our harsher restrictions have reduced outbreaks of Covid to manageable ‘bubbles’. Most current infections are isolated in quarantine hotels from returning international arrivals.
Victoria moved to last step restrictions on November 22. And borders between NSW and Qld are re-opening on Dec 1.
Much appears positive, especially the news that vaccine trials have progressed well and offer over a 90% success rate. It has been suggested that first Australian innoculations will begin with health care workers early in 2021.
The economy appears to be more resilient than many economists predicted. The harsh lockdowns destroyed many peoples life dream of investing in a small business.
Despite some Australian states pursuing almost a separatism attitude, there also appears to be a flipside willingness to tackle the economic future together. Buying local, supporting Australian business and to be blunt, spending money, to help revive our economy. $66 billion dollars is spent on overseas holidays. Much of that spend will remain here.
However the virus will do what all viruses do, that is mutate into different strains in its efforts to keep spreading (when its stops spreading, it dies).
So we the public have a vital tole to play in the future. That’s you and me. We need to scan barcodes to enter establishments, we need to follow health protocols and safely distance. And we need to hand sanitise.
People are already forgetting the basics, especially hand sanitation, often walking past dispensers.
We collectively hold our breath that our health and economic trajectory remains up.
Wishing everyone the opportunity to meet again with friends and family, especially at Christmas. Stay well and safe.
Covid-19 transmissions as of this date, within Australia, are largely confined to Melbourne and Sydney. Thankfully the downward infection trend continues but State governments continue to push elimination versus management of the virus health arguments. Tragically, 729 deaths have been recorded in Victoria, with Australia’s total standing at 816. 35 new infection cases were recorded in VIC and 4 in NSW as of 14/9/20. There were no new positive tests in the rest of Australia.
I will refrain from political comments however it is desperately clear that people’s mental well being is a serious concern that is not being effectively recognised by Government’s. The economic health of small business is in a similar dire condition. Many businesses will simply not re-open. Support your local business if they are open. You may not get a second chance.
If State governments are slowly reopening their economies, it is now critical that we all continue to maintain safe practices including hand sanitation and safe distancing. If you feel unwell, get an immediate check from a Covid testing station. We do not need more lockdowns in the future.
Melbourne’s curfew will run for another month we are told as of September 14. Masks are still mandatory. So in Melbourne, VISIONCHART are still managing all aspects of deliveries and installations. Depending on the size of the board, we are also drop shipping from Sydney. All drivers are instructed to perform a contactless delivery. For the rest of Australia it is Covid mandatory safe delivery practices with continued anti bacterial wipe downs, sanitising and masks for deliveries and installations.
The daily transmission rates for Covid-19 significantly increased in Victoria (particularly Melbourne) within the last 4 weeks.
On August 5, 725 new cases were reported. Hopefully this represented the peak infection, as the transmission rates on the 10th were under 400.
On August 2, the Andrews government introduced strict new lockdown laws referred to as Stage 4. This lockdown will remain in place until September 13.
During this time retail businesses will close. Some warehouses will remain trading, particularly in the food supply chain, as will some office/furniture suppliers for essential items.
VISIONCHART will continue to supply Victorian customers albeit with an extra 2-3 days in such supply. During this period our warehouse is closed for pickups. There will be even greater awareness of the needs for contactless deliveries. Face masks are of course mandatory and sanitation is conducted before and after all deliveries. We are doing everything the Victorian government is requesting of us and more. It is a responsibility that VISIONCHART accepts, to ensure the limitation of virus transmission and the health and safety of our Victorian employees and our customers. Please refer to our customer service department for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we have done so far, and will continue doing:
Our ability to constrain the spread of the Covid-19 virus is being tested, particularly in Melbourne.
There is new concern over how the virus can be transmitted. In a letter published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, two scientists from Australia and the US wrote that studies have shown "beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain aloft in the air."
The new bubble infection in Melbourne is a concern because many commentators have considered the virus safely under control in Australia. It remains so, in most States but the ability to spread quickly remains a concern. There has been little reporting on the degree of people’s infection which requires intensive care and the level of new deaths attributed to Covid remains very low.
The economic impact of this new range of infections will seriously have a knock on effect to reviving employment and our economy.
VISIONCHART remain committed to mitigating the virus, so hand sanitising and safe distancing remain in effect, as well as record of all visitors to our offices. All staff remain healthy, including our delivery drivers and installation teams. If any mild virus symptom is evident, the person is required to be tested. All results have been negative.
All deliveries to Victoria and Queensland remain unaffected to date, despite the historical closing of the NSW-VIC border at midnight tonight.
The last time the border was closed was in 1919 due to the spread of Spanish Flu.
Our Covid-19 response is still being effectively managed. We have recorded no cases of the virus or it’s transmission.
We have been involved in a number of expansive installations, all safely completed.
VISIONCHART has pivoted some of our product range to offer better solutions for safe distancing.
We are also offering a range of mobile Sanitizer Stations which are also height adjustable. Plus a range of workstation screens.
Our services and product range continue to be offered so that our clients can continue to adapt to a Post Covid-19 working environment.
I want to recognise the great effort that all VISIONCHART staff have made. They have responded magnificently to a different operating environment and continue to focus on helping our reseller network to remain productive in offering exceptional service.
We continue to listen and implement government advice and also that of our Chief Medical officers, both Federally and State based.
Australia is preparing for partial re-openings in late May based on Government advice. VISIONCHART is fully supportive of this as the economic impact will reverberate for many years under an increased burden of debt.
We would encourage everybody to safe distance and contact friends and family to wish them well and simply ask them if things are OK at the moment.
To this end I invite you to visit https://www.ruok.org.au/
‘This too, we shall overcome’.
During the current COVID-19 emergency VISIONCHART has decided to remain open but we are paying close attention to the daily advice from government.
As a valued VISIONCHART customer, we wanted you to be aware of the actions we are taking to minimise the spread of infection, and to ensure we continue to meet your needs during this difficult time. Our first priority is the health and safety of our customers, our employees and our supply chain. We are enforcing the public policies prescribed to prevent personal infection, we have heightened disinfection processes at all of our facilities, and we are creating appropriate social space in our facilities.
All customer visits and tours of our showroom are suspended.
What are we doing?
• Our factory is in full production, albeit with revised hygiene practices in place, and able to assist with any of your visual communication needs.
• All of our offices and warehouses are open to process and ship orders.
• We are providing tools for our sales team to communicate with you.
We will keep you up to date as we move forward. Thank you for your continued support. We stand ready to continue providing you with our innovative products and the best service in the industry.
Thank you as always for being a VISIONCHART Partner and please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.
Please contact us by email email@example.com or call us on 1800 067 278.
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