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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

State Government Updates

On Tuesday 7 July 2020 Premier Dan Andrews announced that Metropolitan Local Government Areas and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 restrictions the next day (8 July 2020)

A statement was issued, outlining what will take place in Melbourne as well as Regional Victoria.

“For people who live in regional Victoria, where case numbers remain low, current restrictions will remain the same for now.

“We've talked about this virus being like a public health bushfire. By putting a ring around metropolitan Melbourne, we're essentially putting in place a perimeter to protect regional Victorians”.

Full Statement here.

Restrictions changes from 22 June 2020

From 22 June 2020 the number of visitors that you can have to your home has REDUCED to five visitors. Outdoor gatherings have reduced to a maximum group of ten people.

  • People who are 18 years and younger can resume community sport. There are no restrictions on the number of participants. Contact sport can resume, and competitions can be held. Spectators should only be in groups of 20 and spread out around the ground.
  • Private worship and religious ceremonies can be held with up to 20 members of the public per space subject to the four square metre rule. 
  • Libraries can open with up to 20 members of the public in a single space at one time subject to the four square metre rule.
  • Community centres, halls, and community clubs can have up to 20 members of the public in a space subject to the four square metre rule.
  • When booking accommodation you will be able to use shared facilities, such as kitchens and showers. 

Some restrictions that were to be eased have been put on hold until at last 12 July 2020. 

Read all the latest on these changes here. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19  

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Support For Business Looking for some advice and support for your business or workplace in relation to COVID-19?
  • 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.