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   Wednesday 1st April, 2020

Feeling unwell, get tested

Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic Open
If you have any symptoms of covid-19, you can get tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic located at 20 Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale. Click here to make an appointment or phone 4116 2014.

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of sense of smell or taste

Testing clinic to be established in Orbost following confirmed postive case
The Department of Health and Human Services have commenced contact tracing following a confirmed positive case in East Gippsland and will contact those they deem at risk and advise if they need to present for testing.

A testing clinic will be set up at the Orbost Football Netball Club from 8am Wednesday, 22 July and will be staffed by Orbost, Bairnsdale and Latrobe Regional Health personnel. It is ONLY for those who are contacted and referred by DHHS. Others who are symptomatic, but are not contacted by DHHS, should present to Orbost Medical Clinic for testing.
If you are not symptomatic and are not contacted by DHHS, there is no need to be tested at the present time, but abide by the social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Further information can be obtained from the COVID Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Be Covid-19 safe

Help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • regularly wash your hands
  • keep at least 1.5 metres from other people
  • stay at home if you feel unwell
  • Get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus (see above symptoms).

Covid-19 restrictions

Melbourne stage 3 restrictions
From 11:59pm on 8 July if you live in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire you must stay at home. You can only leave home for one of the four reasons and in these areas you now must wear a mask out in public. Country Victorian residents should only visit Melbourne for essential activities. The only 3 reasons to enter are: shopping for food and supplies, medical care and caregiving, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home. For more information on current Victorian restrictions click here.

The New South Wales border is closed. Victorian residents require a permit to enter New South Wales.

When to wear face coverings
If you live in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you must wear a face covering when you leave your home from 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July 2020. There are some exemptions, click here to find out more. The fine for not wearing or carrying a face covering is $200.

If you live outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, you'll need to wear a face covering if you visit metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire. It is also recommended that you wear one in your local area if you can't keep 1.5 metres from others.

Activity restrictions - East Gippsland
East Gippsland remains on the following restrictions:

  • Only 5 people can visit your house
  • Only groups of 10 can socialise outside
  • If you can still work from home, please work from home
  • Contact sport is resuming for children
  • Adults cannot participate in contact sports or training
  • You can only travel to Melbourne or Mitchell Shire for 3 reasons (as listed above)
  • Gyms, swimming pools, cafes etc are open with restrictions in place.

For more information about activity restrictions click here.

Government support and information

[The latest official coronavirus news, updates and advice from the Australian Government.](The latest official coronavirus news, updates and advice from the Australian Government.)

COVIDsafe App
The COVIDsafe app aims to speed up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information about the app visit

Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398
Call the hotline for any coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related questions, a dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days. Call Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

Federal Economic Support
For the most up to date information on the range of Federal Government support packages for individuals and businesses impacted, click here.

Victorian Economic Support
For the latest Coronavirus Business Support information click here.

Promotional materials and information for health providers

Promotional Material
The Department of Health and Human Services have a range of promtional materials available:
Materials in English
Translated materials in 52 languages (NON-ENGLISH)
Materials tailored specifically for aboringinal and torres strait islander audiences

Funded Agency Channel Sector Advice
The Funded Agency Channel have released information, guidelines and advice for sectors funded under the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education and Training, State Government of Victoria.

Board / Governance Impacts
The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has released fresh guidance of what organisations should do if they're struggling to hold regular board meetings of officially complete their Annual Information Statement.

Free Online Infection Control Training
The Federal Government is offering workers across the health, aged care, disability and childcare sectors access to a free online training module (approx. 30 mins) on infection prevention and control (IPC) for COVID-19.

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Beyond Blue has produced a guide to mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Beyond Blue Support Service offers short term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat on 1300 22 4636.

Lifeline is available 24 hours/7 days on 13 11 14 and online chat (7pm – midnight, 7 nights).

Family Violence Safety
1800RESPECT is operating during COVID-19 and a list of safety apps for mobile phones can be found at their website.

The safe steps 24/7 family violence crisis response phone line will continue to operate as usual 1800 015 188.

Domestic Violence Resource Centre and Domestic Violence Victoria are collating information, resources and responses to frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and family violence at the Lookout website.

Useful Resources:
Promoting healthy eating during Covid-19, Healthy Eating Advisory Service resources

Acheivement Program handpicked Covid-19 resources

Supporting children during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources, information, plans and guides for health professionals

Rolling updates on the coronavirus disease, World Health Organisation

A collection of coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources for the general public

COVID-19 Multilingual Resources: Plain English and available in 7 community languages

OEPCP At Home Tips and Ideas

Coronavirus: Resources for anxiety, stress & wellbeing

VicHealth Coronavirus Resource Hub