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COVID-19 cases confirmed in Mount Alexander Shire

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Council is urging residents to follow health advice to help reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, as the first few cases are reported in the shire.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has recorded its first three cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mount Alexander Shire.

With cases now reported within the community, Mount Alexander Shire Council is reminding residents that everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of infection.

This means that everyone must take the following precautions to help protect themselves, family and the broader community by taking the following hygiene actions and social distancing.

These include:

• Washing your hands thoroughly with soap for at least 20 seconds
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or into your upper sleeve or elbow if you don’t have a tissue
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Do not share drinking bottles, crockery and cutlery
• Ensure a distance of 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
• Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces such as telephones, keyboards, door handles, light switches and bench tops regularly.

If you feel unwell please stay at home. The most common symptoms of coronavirus include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If you develop symptoms within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case or after returning to Australia, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will tell you if you need to get tested.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for public information on COVID-19 which is 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours, 7 days).

You can also contact the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

Find up-to-date information on COVID-19 at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Status update at: 24 March 2020

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