From 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July, if you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Shire of Mitchell then Stay at Home restrictions will apply. These restrictions are being applied because of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases and the heightened risk of transmission.
There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria.
There have been minor changes to the case definition and testing criteria including adding loss of taste. New DHHS health service guidelines from June 20/21 are available.
It was great to see face masks and hand sanitiser in use, and people trying to physically distance themselves from others at the peaceful protest. If anyone gets any symptoms (see below) following attendance at the rally, please isolate yourself until you’re well, and get tested. It was a long weekend, and crowded shopping centres and other meeting places could also be a risk.
There have been continued small clusters of coronavirus occurring in the community. A second person who attended the Black Lives Matter protest on June 6 has tested positive for coronavirus. They are not believed to be linked to the first person diagnosed who attended the protest, and it is uncertain where they picked up the virus. Face masks, hand sanitiser and people trying to physically distance themselves from others will all have helped reduce the chance of spreading infection at the protest. If anyone gets any symptoms (see below) up to 14 days following attendance at the protest please isolate yourself until you’re well and get tested. However, it’s also good for anyone with symptoms to be tested. There have recently been household clusters resulting in brief school closures for contact tracing and cleaning, and a cluster at Monash Health. Anyone with symptoms should get tested.
There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. There is additional information on testing asymptomatic people with DHHS direction. See the DHHS website for updated clinical resources with guidelines from 24 May and new infection control guidelines for health and non-health services.
There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. There is additional update on testing asymptomatic people following DHHS direction. See the DHHS website for updated clinical resources:
There has been no change to the case definition or testing criteria. There is an update on when to test asymptomatic people following DHHS direction. See the DHHS website for updated clinical resources:
Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection. There will be five reasons that you can leave home:
Following the ACCO health sector COVID-19 teleconference yesterday, we have discussed with the Commonwealth about the opportunity for additional ACCO-based COVID-19 respiratory clinics in Victoria. If there are any ACCOs who would be interested in discussing whether their health service could receive Commonwealth funding to be a respiratory clinic, and I have not already put you in touch with the Commonwealth team managing this program, could you please get in touch with me about this as soon as possible. They are still assessing whether additional ACCO clinics can be set up.