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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

If you can't find the information you are looking for on the DHHS website, please email

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  

Updated: 10 January 2022

With active cases in Buloke Shire, what do we do as a community now?

What we have always done. Play our part.

The important things to remember right now are:

  • Keep doing what we have done so well for so long – masks when necessary, hygiene, physical distancing. We are good at this and now it is more important than ever.
  • Keep looking out and after each other and being kind – this can be a stressful situation, but we are resilient, clever and caring people.
  • Keep up to date with information from our local health services, East Wimmera Health Service Mallee Track Health & Community Service.
  • If you are contact with advice to get tested and isolate, follow this advice if you need information contact the coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or visit
  • If you have any symptoms - fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of or change in sense of smell or taste - get tested and isolate until you get your negative result.
  • Get vaccinated. Find an appointment here

Pick up the phone and reach out to someone you know might be feeling a little anxious or might not have access to the online information.

Facilities Update

A reminder to our communities as the weather warms up and we’re outside and getting active, that Victoria is now in Phase D of the COVID roadmap which included the age limit regarding eligibility for vaccination.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) provisionally approved the Comirnary (Pfizer) vaccine for children 5 years and older on 5 December 2021. The vaccination rollout for children aged 5-11 years commenced 10 January 2022.

All Council Community Facilities open for fully vaccinated persons.  Under the Chief Health Officer directions, a fully vaccinated person is defined as someone who:

  • is eligible to be vaccinated and has received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • has a valid medical exemption.

Persons under the age of 18 years are not required to present evidence of vaccination upon presenting at Council facilities.

Getting active at Councils swimming pools, and sport and recreation facilities

Under the directions of the Chief Health Officer, if you are fully vaccinated, you can attend sporting and recreation facilities (e.g. sports grounds, gyms and swimming pools) and sporting events.  If you don’t meet the vaccination requirements, you can’t enter.  Vaccination requirements don’t apply to people involved in community sport. 

When entering one of Council’s swimming pools, patrons are required to show the Lifeguard their vaccination status.  If you are unable to produce proof of vaccination, you will not be able to enter the facility. 

Keep up to date with the latest Buloke Shire Council service information

State Government Updates  

Current Regional Victoria Restrictions 

Face masks

From 11.59pm 23 December, face masks are required to be worn indoors (except at home) for people aged eight and over. 

We strongly recommend that you wear a face mask outdoors, if you can’t physically distance, have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

COVIDSafe gatherings over Christmas

The Department has published COVIDSafe advice for hosts and attendees of household Christmas parties at COVIDSafe gatherings

  • If you have symptoms, don’t go. Get a PCR test instead and stay isolated for 7 days or until your symptoms have resolved. . If you don’t have symptoms, consider taking a rapid antigen test before leaving home. If you’re hosting, consider asking guests to do the same.
  • Take extra precautions, especially among those who are elderly or vulnerable. Fewer faces and bigger spaces mean less risk. It's best to wear a mask when talking to people face-to-face. Wash your hands regularly. Open up the doors and windows and get the fresh air flowing through. Keep note of who comes.
  • Keep it short and keep it outdoors. This will prevent you from becoming a household contact who must quarantine for 7+ days (because once someone has spent 4 hours with a case in a house, they are a household contact). Try to reduce your time inside a house with others to less than 4 hours. You may still have to get tested, but time in isolation will be shorter.

For more information, visit:

Please note that as of 20 November, Exposure sites are no longer being listed, instead those who have been in an exposure site will be contacted directly by the Department of Health. 

Where to get tested:

COVID Business Information

Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is important that everyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, however mild, gets tested and must stay remain isolated at home for 7-days, or until symptoms have resolved.

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.

Testing is also recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and from the following cohorts:

  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or
  • Those who are healthcare or aged care workers.
  • Remember the following to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to yourself and the community:
  • Stay home if you feel unwell, and get tested, even if your symptoms are mild.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Maintain 1.5m distance between yourselves and others.
  • Be mindful of the places you visit and keep track of where you have been, just in case and pass this information onto your contacts if you test positive.
  • Getting tested early is one of the most effective ways to protect our communities.

What to do if you test positive:

Checklist for COVID contacts:

Rapid Antigen Tests:

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

Exposure Sites

New exposure sites will no longer be published. UPDATED 22 November 2021.

The Department of Health will no longer publish new exposure sites. Instead, the Department of Health will use the new alert function in the Service Victoria app or direct SMS message to notify patrons of higher-risk venues where positive cases have been present – such as restaurants, gyms and nightclubs – and advise them to get tested. Isolation rules for COVID-19 exposure at public settings (such as the currently listed exposure sites) have changed.

Exposure Sites for interstate are constantly updated and listed here:

Face Coverings

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   

Federal Government Updates 

Read the latest information from the Federal Government here:

Vaccine Rollout

Latest information from the Federal Government about COVID-19 vaccines and the national rollout program here:

For information on where to get a vaccination in Buloke click on the link below and select Vaccine Clinic Finder or State Vaccination Centre Links.


  • 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.
  • Can I Get Tested in Buloke? Yes! You can get a free COVID-19 test by appointment in the Buloke Shire through our local health services.
  • 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 Safe Plans Due to COVID-19 all businesses, community groups and events, engaging with the public need to have a COVID Safe plan to ensure that the community is safe. All groups and events who wish to use a Buloke Shire facility are required to have an approved COVID Safe plan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Do You Need a Mask? Buloke Shire Council has received a number of reusable fitted facemasks from the Department of Health and Human Services, to give to any vulnerable members of the community at no cost to the individual.