Enjoy a safe school holiday

Caption: WDHS Drive-thru testing team in action

As we head into the school holiday period, many people will be making decisions about travelling and catching up with family and friends.

School holidays are often eagerly anticipated and are a great chance for families to spend time together, rest and travel in search of sand, sun and new experiences.

This year is a little different and WDHS is asking locals to think carefully about how they interact over the next couple of weeks and to consider staying and playing in their own ‘backyard’.

“We recognise that the community is ready to get back to normal, but the past seven days has shown that we need to think a little differently for the foreseeable future.

With increasing COVID-19 activity in Victoria, social interaction during the holidays comes with a real risk. The more people interact outside their normal social circles and environment, the greater that risk is.

We all have decisions to make about how we will behave and in some cases, those decisions will be made for us by state and federal authorities. People need to use a risk management approach over the school holidays.

Simply put, individual interactions can have profound implications for people we know and love, and we all need to make compromises to keep our community safe.

Our community has led from the front in the fight against COVID-19, but we need to stay vigilant, particularly as we see more transmission of the disease in Melbourne.

Each and every week, the environment is changing – the reproduction rate (multiplier effect) of COVID-19 in Victoria is currently 2.5. The aim is to get that rate back under 1”.

The easiest way to stay informed is to check the Department of Health and Human Services website. Further local health information can also be found on the WDHS Facebook page and at www.wdhs.net

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