Help stop the spread of COVID-19

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Testing is considered one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 in a community.

If you suspect you have COVID-19 choose from the following options:

  • Call the COVID-19 24 hour Hotline on 1800 675 398
  • Call your GP to discuss your symptoms
  • Attend the WDHS drive-thru testing clinic, open 10am to 12pm Monday to Saturday.
  • Due to the difficulties of obtaining swabs from younger children, drive through testing will only be available for children over the age of 8 years. Parents and carers should contact their General Practice, please call your local clinic to book an appointment prior to bringing your child in for testing.
  • Visit the WDHS Emergency Department ensuring you use the hand sanitiser and face masks provided before entering and notify staff immediately of your symptoms. Please call 5551 8222 ahead of your arrival so that the Emergency Department can be prepared for you.
  • If you display symptoms and you are tested you MUST SELF ISOLATE before and after testing until you receive a negative test result.

For the most up to date advice on COVID-19 visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or CLICK HERE

Staying Safe

  • As restrictions ease, it’s important that we act to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, having a face mask with you and wearing it when required (see below). Cough and sneeze into your elbow, and keep at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors.

Face Masks – changes to rules from Sunday 22 November

  • Face masks are no longer required when your are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people.
  • Use of face masks remain mandatory if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people not in your household, such as when waiting at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares.
  • Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example in hospitals or shopping centres.
  • Face masks remain mandatory on public transport, including at stations and stops (trains, trams, buses, taxis and ride share services).
  • Face mask use indoors remains very important in settings with poor ventilation and where there are lots of people nearby.
  • You should wear a face mask when you have visitors or when you visit others if year are unable to stay more than 1.5 metres from each other. You must continue to carry a face mask with you at all times.
  • Some industries are required to wear face coverings, as part of their COVIDSafe plan.
  • You must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This means that face shields, bandanas or scarves or loose snoods, or loose neck gaiters on their own will no longer be considered a sufficient face covering.

Do the 3 and wear a mask and help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), stay safe by regularly washing your hands, keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people, and stay home if you feel unwell.

Social Gatherings

  • You can meet up in groups of up to 50 people in a PUBLIC outdoor place from any number of households.
  • You can have up to 15 people visit you AT HOME each day. Infants under 12 months old are not included in this cap. Dependents over 12 months of age are included in the 15 person limit.

Visitors to your home – current restrctions:

  • You can travel to see friends and family who live anywhere in Victoria.
  • You can have up to 15 people per day visit you at home.
  • You can have up to 15 friends over for a sleepover. Sleepovers should only happen when all involved are safe and healthy.
  • There are restrictions on the reasons you can travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Travel in Australia

Victoria currently has restrictions in place for people entering South Australia.

Can I travel to Victoria from another Australian State?  

Yes, for all states and territories except South Australia. If you have travelled from any Australian state or territory other than South Australia, and you have not travelled to South Australia in the last 14 days, you can travel to Victoria without a permit and you do not have to quarantine when you enter Victoria.

  • If you have travelled from a red zone in South Australia in the last 14 days, you are unable to enter Victoria, except for specific exemptions.
  • If you have travelled from an orange or green zone, you will need to apply for a permit before you are able to enter Victoria.
  • For further information about the restrictions and travel requirements to travel to Victoria from South Australia, visit South Australian Border Permit.

Stay informed. Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

COVIDSafe app – The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary. Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.

The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Download the app HERE

Know the symptoms

It is important that you can recognise the symptoms and how COVID-19 is transmitted. Reported symptoms include:

  • Fever (> 37.5 degrees C)
  • Chills or sweats
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense or smell

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

The Federal Government’s Department of Health says transmission of COVID-19 may still be infectious up to 24 hours before symptoms appear and until at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

Use the Victorian Government’s Department of Human and Health Services (DHHS) self-assessment tool if you are unsure or concerned about COVID-19

VISITOR ACCESS
For the latest information on visitor access to residential aged care, hospital facilities and community clinics CLICK HERE

CORONAVIRUS TESTING 
For more information about the WDHS drive-thru coronavirus testing at Hamilton Base Hospital CLICK HERE

CANCELLED / REDUCED SERVICES AT WDHS
A range of WDHS services have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak CLICK HERE

Link to dhhs Up-to-date epidemiological data

Update

Practice good hygiene

The best way to protect yourself, your friends and family is to practice good hygiene, particularly for your hands and for your lungs.

We suggest:

  • Wearing a face mask when in a public area, out shopping, whenever social distancing is difficult or people are at risk.
  • Washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you enter or exit a space.
  • Be sure to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a disposable tissue and discard. Alternatively use your elbow only if you must.
  • Try not to touch your face, to minimise the virus entering your lungs.
  • Regularly wipe surfaces and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) with disinfectant, as contamination on surfaces touched by staff and visitors is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads. The virus can survive for several days on surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing, maintaining 1.5m of distance away from people and limiting handshaking. A wave or a bow are respectful alternatives.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • See a health care professional if you are unwell, and stay away from the workplace and other public places.

Taking these steps should be sufficient to address the main drivers of transmission:

  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Physical contact

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