COVID 19 UPDATES


Key points – Fri Feb 26

  • There are no restrictions on reasons to leave home.
  • You must always carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave the home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • Face masks must be worn:
    • on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
    • by visitors to a hospital or a care facility (while indoors)
    • indoors at shopping centres, retail facilities with 2,000 or more square metres of indoor space, markets and market stalls
    • at airports and flights to and from Victoria
    • if you are diagnosed, awaiting results or suspected of having COVID-19, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as medical care or to get tested. Or while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people (such as outdoor markets, outdoor concerts, street markets, at a busy bus stop or train station platform).
  • You can have up to 30 visitors to your home per day. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • Up to 100 people can meet outdoors in a public place. There is no limit on the number of households those people come from.
  • No limits on travel to regional Victoria

Vaccinations

Information regarding vaccinations can be viewed here

How COVID 19 vaccines are approved

Who will get the COVID 19 vaccines?

Face masks:

Please read above.

Please click below for more information:

Where to get tested

If you’re not registered with a local GP clinic or you are experiencing symptoms, the nearest testing facilities are Bendigo Health, Maryborough District Health Service and Castlemaine Community Health

  • Bendigo Health- please look on their web site
  • Castlemaine District Community Health- please look on their web site

Older Person Hotline – Coronavirus support

This hotline can provide older people, their family and carers with personal support, answer questions and up to date information on the latest guidelines enacted by the Federal Government.

The Federal Government has indicated older people and carers are welcome to call the hotline on

1800 171 866  to speak to trained staff from a senior’s advocacy organisation.

Visitors

Unlimited number and length of time for visitors. Visitors must wear a mask at all times indoors and not eat any food whilst visiting. Take away drinks may be consumed outside and you will be required to take cup with you.

If possible we ask visitors to attend Mon- Fri during office hours.

Maldon Hospital has restrictions to visiting, ensuring safety of residents. Please speak with reception regarding other options for keeping in touch with residents.

The Chief Health Officer has issued updated Directions consistent with their powers under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic).

The Act- restricted access to care facilities

Prohibits entry to a care facility by persons who:

  •   have been diagnosed with CoVID-19, and has not yet been given clearance from isolation; or,   have  arrived into Australia from overseas in the previous 14 days; or.
  • has been requested to self isolate or quarantine
  • has been in a red zone
  •   has had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of CoVID-19; or,
  •   has a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection.
  • does not meet the directions  and includes 1 household at any one time, daily

We ask all visitors to wear a surgical face mask(supplied by hospital)

The front entrance is closed and we ask any visitor to use the buzzer at the After Hours entry, to support monitoring.

We know this restriction can be challenging and we understand each family’s situation is different. For exceptional circumstances we encourage families to speak to the Nurse Manager.

We thank you for your efforts in keeping residents, patients and staff safe.

Volunteers

Our valued volunteers are encouraged to consider their health and safety during the pandemic. Volunteers are able to return to Maldon Hospital with some restrictions and training to support a COVID safe environment.

Testing- not undertaken by Maldon Hospital

Testing criteria includes anyone with  clinical symptoms. This will assist in finding cases that are being transmitted in the community. Please attend your GP or a testing station if testing required.

Symptoms

Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.

The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness.
  • Other symptoms include loss of smell or taste, muscle fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea

For more information please go to DHHS website or click here