Health authorities in South Australia are racing to organise quarantine “camps” for Aboriginal people unable to quarantine at home.
A tender issued by SA Health this week sought companies able to manage facilities in regional centres like Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Renmark and Mount Gambier in the event of an outbreak.
“It has been identified that facilities would be required for the quarantining of persons who would otherwise be unable to home quarantine due to their living circumstances,” the tender document stated.
The sites, which are “currently being identified”, are expected to be available from the end of November until June.
The tender said only contractors who could take control of and prepare the facilities with 24 to 48 hours notice would be considered.
The tender process opened on Monday and will close on Friday.
Cabins for close contacts
The tender called for the provision of health services like daily COVID-19 testing and “camp services” including food, waste management and cleaning.
The successful contractor would also have to provide translation and cultural support, including printed material in different languages.
“Some Aboriginal communities’ sociocultural practices may place them at higher risk of transmission because they involve mobilisation and participation in communal cultural activities,” the health document said.