Help stop the spread of COVID-19
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 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 12pm 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.
The use of face coverings is now mandatory throughout Victoria.
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.
From 11:59pm on 5 August, stage 3 restrictions apply throughout regional Victoria.
From 6pm on 2 August, stage 4 restrictions are in place across metropolitan Melbourne.
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
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.
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
- 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
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
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.
- 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