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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

Keep up to date with the latest Buloke Shire Council service information https://www.buloke.vic.gov.au/buloke-shire-council-service-changes

State Government Updates 

Current Regional Victoria Restrictions

From 11.59pm Sunday 6 December all of Victoria will move to a 'COVIDSafe Summer’ for the next couple of months with some extra restrictions added on 31 December 2020. 

There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home. 

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

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. Remember the following to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to yourself and the community:

  • Masks are now mandatory indoors.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell, and get tested, even if your symptoms are mild. Let your manager know if this is the case.
  • 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.
  • If you’ve been travelling about in the break, keep an eye on this list of public exposure sites (https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks) and make you sure you get tested if your visit matches. Getting tested early and starting contact tracing as early as possible is one of the most effective ways to protect our communities.

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

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.

From 11.59pm on Sunday, January 17 rules around mandatory mask wearing will be eased.

This will mean that you will need to wear a mask:

  • On all domestic flights
  • At airports
  • In hospitals
  • On public transport
  • In commercial passenger vehicles
  • At supermarkets and other large indoor retail locations, including shopping centres
  • At any other settings when unable to social distance

For more information on face coverings, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks 

Travel Permit System

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all residents and travellers wishing to enter Victoria must apply for a permit. Areas will be designated green, orange or red zones by the CHO based on public health advice. Restrictions will apply for different zones.

Learn more at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system

State of Emergency

Victoria's State of Emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on 29 January 2021. 

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

  • 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.