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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.

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Latest State and Federal Updates

As of 30 March 2020, there are 821 confirmed coronavirus cases in Victoria, including 56 new cases overnight. More than 42,000 people have been tested, 248 have recovered and there have been four deaths in Victoria.

National Cabinet/Stage 3 restrictions

Following a National Cabinet meeting yesterday (29 March), the Prime Minister announced further measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Premier confirmed this morning that Victoria will introduce Stage 3 restrictions from 11:59pm tonight, 30 March.

The Stage 3 restrictions include:

      A limit on both indoor and outdoor gatherings to two persons only.Exceptions to this limit include:

  • People of the same household going out together;
  • Funerals - a maximum of 10 people;
  • Wedding - a maximum of 5 people;
  • Family units.

      Playgrounds, skate parks and outside gyms in public places will be closed.

      Bootcamps will be reduced to two persons, including the trainer.

 

Victoria Police are now able to issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses who don’t follow the rules.

 

The key message remains where people can stay at home, they must stay at home. There are only four reasons to leave your home:

  • shopping for what you need - food and necessary supplies;
  • medical or health care needs;
  • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements;
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely.

Advice for Senior Australians and People with Existing Health Conditions

Coronavirus has more serious impacts on older Australians, those over 70 years of age and Australians with existing health conditions or comorbidities. National Cabinet’s strong advice is for self-isolation at home to the maximum extent practicable for Australians:

  • over 70 years of age;
  • over 60 years of age who have existing health conditions or comorbidities;
  • Indigenous Australians over the age of 50 who have existing health conditions or comorbidities.

Moratorium on Evictions for Six Months

National Cabinet has agreed to a moratorium on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of coronavirus. Commercial tenants, landlords and financial institutions are encouraged to sit down together to find a way through to ensure that businesses can survive and be there on the other side.

Victorian Business Support Fund 

The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fundto support small businesses in the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off $10,000 grant which can be used towards costs such as utilities, rent and salaries, and activities to support business continuity planning.

Commonwealth Government Funding and Resources

On 29 March, the Prime Minister announced $1.1 billion package to boost mental health services, domestic violence support, Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief.

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.

Victorian Schools

Premier Daniel Andrews announced on 23 March 2020 that school holidays for government schools in Victoria will be brought forward, starting, Tuesday 24 March. Schools will use this time to support teachers and staff plan for flexible and remote learning in the event schools need to move to that method of teaching.

The Department of Education and Training has advised there is no change at this time for early childhood education and care services. This means they are permitted to continue to operate.

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Support For Business Looking for some advice and support for your business or workplace in relation to COVID-19?
  • COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions. Supplied by the Department of Health.