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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert 

 

The latest updates from Council on the Coronavirus, including venue closures, event cancellations, information on social distancing, hygiene and self-care.

For the latest COVID-19 public health information please visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

If you can't find the information you are looking for on the DHHS website, please email infectious.diseases@dhhs.vic.gov.au

If you suspect you may have the COVID-19 disease, call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep 000 for emergencies only.  

CDC coronavirus

Buloke Shire Update

The Victorian Government has developed a roadmap outlining the easing of restrictions. Steps will be achieved when "trigger points" - a point for review by the Victorian public health team to consider any potential changes to the restrictions, based on case numbers, testing numbers and other factors - are met.

The latest data we have access to is also publicly available on the department’s website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

As at 24 September 2020, there are no confirmed reports of any active cases in Buloke.

From Thursday 17 September 2020 Regional Victoria will move to Step 3 of the coronavirus road to recovery.

This will mean there will no longer be restrictions on leaving home, but some restrictions around who you can meet and gathering sizes remain.

Whilst hospitality and retail businesses can reopen, subject to some limits, please be patient with our businesses and their staff as they work their way through reopening.

State Government Updates

From 6.00pm Sunday 2 August 2020 Victoria will enter a State of Disaster.  There will be different levels of restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. 

Current Regional Victoria Restrictions

From 11:59pm on 16 September, regional Victoria will be in the Third Step towards COVID Normal. 

View a full summary of restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. 

There are no longer any restrictions on the reasons to leave home.

You can go out as often as you want.

You can meet up to 10 people outdoors and create a household bubble with one nominated household.

Up to five people from that nominated household can then visit you at home (kids under 12 months of age are not included in the cap).

You can only choose one household to be in your bubble for as long as regional Victoria remains in the third step.

Our businesses will be able to open with subject to some limits and will require a COVIDSafe Plan. Information on how to develop a COVID Safe plan can be found here: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-safe-business/creating-a-covid-safe-workplace

Our school students will begin to return to the classroom in Term 4 with safety measures in place.

Childcare is open to all children.

Working from home is still encouraged, however those that are permitted to open or have workers on site will need to have a covid-safe plan.

What does the Third Step look like locally? View https://www.buloke.vic.gov.au/third-step-in-buloke-shire

Council will also communicate local changes as quickly as possible.

For the latest information please visit. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19 

Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is important that everyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, however mild, gets tested and must stay at home until they receive their test results.

Those who test positive and their close contacts must isolate for 14 days. Stay at home. Don’t go to work, school or shopping.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell or taste.  Continue to take the following actions to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to yourself and the community by:

  • Continuing to keep 1.5 metres between each other.
  • Wearing a facemask whenever you are outside the home.
  • Practising good hygiene.
  • Limiting your time away from home.
  • Stay home if you feel at all unwell.

For testing locations near you, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 188 675 398. 

Face Coverings

Unless exceptional circumstances apply, in Victoria, including Buloke, you must wear a face covering when you leave your home for shopping for food and supplies, medical reasons or for study and work.

Wearing a face covering protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to coronavirus. By covering your face, you’re keeping local businesses open, and keeping local people in work.

You are also contributing to the safety of everyone and protecting the freedoms that our community gets to enjoy that other parts of the state don’t.

For more information on face coverings, visit www.buloke.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-health-alert

State of Emergency

Victoria's State of Emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 11 October 2020. 

Federal Government Updates

The Commonwealth Government has also launched a new “Coronavirus Australia” app and WhatsApp channel, now available on Apple and Android devices. The WhatsApp channel can be accessed by entering aus.gov.au/whatsapp into your internet browser.

The Government’s digital mental health portal, Head to Health will be a single source of authoritative information and guidance on how to maintain good mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the latest information from the Federal Government here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

  • Third Step in Buloke Shire From Thursday 17 September 2020 Regional Victoria will move to Step 3 of the coronavirus road to recovery. This will mean there will no longer be restrictions on leaving home, but some restrictions around who you can meet and gathering sizes remain. Check what that means for Buloke.
  • Supporting Our Community The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being widely felt. Council continues to play a key role in supporting our community and providing essential services. As we have communicated over the past few weeks, we want you to know that Council is here for our community and adapting in accordance with fast changing information from the State and Federal Governments.
  • Support For Business Looking for some advice and support for your business or workplace in relation to COVID-19?
  • Key Support Agencies There are plenty of ways to support other people, or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain. This is a list some key agencies that can help.
  • Buloke Shire Council Service Changes As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve Council is taking a proactive approach to ensure the balance of the health and safety of the community and staff alongside the provision of essential services.
  • COVID-19 Update 25 May 2020 An update on what the further easing of restrictions that were announced by the State Government on 24 May 2020 means for Buloke residents.
  • COVID-19 Statement 1 May 2020 Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart has issued a further statement in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Buloke communities.
  • COVID-19 Statement 23 March 2020 Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart has issued a second statement in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Buloke communities.
  • COVID-19 Update As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve Council is taking a proactive approach to ensure the balance of the health and safety of the community and staff alongside the provision of essential services. Some of our services and facilities will close. Some services will take on a different form for the time being. We are enacting these change on the back of advice from the Federal and State Governments.
  • COVID-19 Statement Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart has issued a statement in relation to COVID-19 as our communities look to respond to the World Health Organisation announcement that COVID-19 is a pandemic.
  • Social Distancing You might have heard the term ‘Social Distancing’ being used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Find out what it means.
  • Personal Hygiene Tips Coronavirus is a new virus that causes infection in people including a severe respiratory illness. It spreads through close contact, mostly face to face or within a household.
  • Cleaning Tips It is not certain how long COVID-19 survives on surfaces so it’s important to clean frequently. Here’s what you can do around the home to protect yourself against COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions. Supplied by the Department of Health.
  • Advice for Animal Owners There is currently no evidence that animals play a role in the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus or that animals become sick. However, there are still things animal owners can do to care for themselves and their animals.