Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 29th September 2020

Regional Victoria is currently in Stage 3 restrictions. From 11:59pm on 16 September stage 3 restrictions will change . Regional Victoria has a specific reopening roadmap, relating to how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community.

Regional Victoria

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 September, regional Victoria moved to the Third Step

Key points

      • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home.
      • Stay safe as restrictions ease by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
      • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors. Groups of up to ten people will be able to meet outdoors.
      • Restrictions are easing to allow for cafes, restaurants, beauty and personal care, and some outdoor entertainment venues to open. Restaurants will open in a predominantly outdoor capacity, with a group limit of 10 people, and density limits.
      • You must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne except for permitted work purposes, care and compassionate reasons or shopping for food and supplies, if necessary.
      • Face coverings must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful exception.
      • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell

Ongoing :From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020 all Victorian’s must wear a face covering when leaving home. Victorians are now required to wear a fitted face mask, covering the nose and mouth, with scarves, bandanas and face shields no longer permitted. There will be a one-week grace period in enforcement from Monday 28 September.

Please click below for more information:

Where to get tested

If you live locally, some GP clinics are testing registered patients who are not symptomatic. If you’re not registered with a local GP clinic or you are experiencing symptoms, the nearest testing facilities are Bendigo Health and Maryborough District Health Service.

Bendigo Health has two testing clinics. Please note there may be delays given the number of tests currently being conducted so remember to be patient and kind to staff.

  • Entry to drive-through COVID-19 screening clinic is now via the Anne Caudle Centre driveway, 100 Barnard Street. The drive through clinic is open from 7.30am – 7.30pm daily.
  • Walk-in clinic in the old Emergency Department on Stewart Street, which is open from 10am-5.30pm, seven days a week. Free parking is available across the road.

Castlemaine CHIRP are testing 3 days per week, limited hours, at 13 Mostyn Street. Please phone to make an appointment on 5479 1000 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, seven days a week

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.


Maldon Hospital is currently restricting visitor numbers to essential only. This is to protect residents, patients and staff. Please speak with reception regarding alternate communication methods we could assist with to maintain contact.

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

 Care Facilities Directions – No 10

Provides for 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 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.
  •   has not had an up to date vaccination against influenza, if such a vaccination is available to the person (for residential aged care facilities only)
  •   are aged under 16 years (subject to limited circumstances detailed in the Direction)
  • does not meet the directions  and includes 1 visitor at any one time

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.


Our valued volunteers are encouraged to consider their health and safety and we support their suspension of work during the pandemic.

Flu vaccination- we normally offer vaccination for all volunteers however due to Covid19 restrictions we ask you attend the Pharmacy or your GP this year

Testing- not undertaken by Maldon Hospital

Testing criteria has been expanded to include all people with consistent 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.

Clinical criteria:

Fever or chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis


Acute respiratory infection (sore throat, shortness of breath or cough)

In addition testing is recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID19 and are close contact of a confirmed case or returned from international travel in the 14 days

  • If you have symptoms and suspect COVID19 please phone the Hospital prior to attending
  • If you suspect you have COVID19 self isolate immediately and follow DHHS guidelines


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


  • Wearing a face mask
  • Maintain social distancing.. of 1.5 metres
  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay at home. If you take medication make sure you have enough.
  • Phone your doctor or the hotline – 1800 675 398 – if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol

For more information please go to DHHS website or click here