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Stay vigilant and seek support during second wave

Mount Alexander Shire Council staff ready to support you on the COVID-19 help line.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mayor Christine Henderson is urging the community to take extra care to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) as a second wave of the pandemic hits regional Victoria.

Monday 27 July 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council Mayor Christine Henderson is urging the community to take extra care to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) as a second wave of the pandemic hits regional Victoria.

“The recent increase in the number of active cases within the shire is a strong reminder that COVID-19 is very real and is here in our community,” said Cr Christine Henderson, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“Remember this is not the first active case we’ve had and we all need to remain vigilant and be kind to each other to get through this together.

“Continue to follow the public health advice and take preventative measures to protect yourself, as well as your family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues.

“Please be understanding that some people are going through a difficult time right now and that support is available for anyone affected by the pandemic,” said Mayor Henderson.

Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Follow the simple rules of social distancing (stay 1.5 metres apart), practice good hand hygiene and cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze.
  • Wear a face mask or covering when leaving home, particularly in places where it’s difficult to stay 1.5 metres away from someone.
  • Seek medical advice and get tested if you show any symptoms of coronavirus or cold and flu, no matter how mild, and stay home and self-isolate while you wait for your test results.

The Victorian Government has announced a support payment available to eligible Victorian workers who have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine at home if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

An Incident Control Centre has been established in Castlemaine and Council is working with various government agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Castlemaine Health, emergency services and business networks to support the community at this time.

Last week DON Smallgoods confirmed its first active COVID-19 case at the local production facility in Castlemaine. The company took immediate action to implement their response plan in collaboration with DHHS.

“We know the company took swift action and cooperated with agencies to complete contact tracing, test their staff and deep clean the facility as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Henderson.

“We also know from our emergency response work over the past few months that DON KR Castlemaine was already taking the pandemic very seriously and had many procedures in place to reduce the risks.”

The facility will remain temporarily closed until DHHS confirms it is safe to reopen.

“I would like to commend all DON KR staff who followed instructions to get tested straight away, with many waiting patiently in queues for some time,” said Mayor Henderson.

“At this stage, we don’t know the extent of transmission but we do know that staff are now in quarantine for 14 days as a precautionary measure. We await more information from DHHS as test results become available over the next few days.

“In the meantime we understand people in our community might have many questions, be feeling worried or anxious, or need some extra support.”

“Please contact Council’s dedicated COVID-19 support line on 1800 512 446 or email covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au if you or anyone know needs help, local information or connections,” she said.

This may include things like advice on the latest restrictions, testing locations and protocols, how to gain access to food relief, financial assistance or mental health support, or where to find accommodation if you need to self-isolate.

Local residents, businesses and community groups can also find more information or make an online request at our virtual emergency relief centre at www.connectmountalexander.com.au.

For the latest state-wide information, general information on coronavirus and statistics visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

For crisis support and suicide prevention services contact:

Where to get tested?

If you have symptoms and need to get tested the following GP clinics in the shire are testing registered patients:

  • Lyttleton Street Clinic - 5472 3233
  • Mostyn Street Clinic - 5472 1255
  • Botanical Gardens Clinic 5472 1844

If you aren’t registered with a local GP clinic, the nearest COVID-19 GP Respiratory Clinic is Bendigo Respiratory Clinic on 1800 573 196.

Bendigo Health also runs a drive-through COVID-19 screening clinic and a walk-in clinic. To find your nearest testing site visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398.



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