Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 19 November 2020

From 11:59pm 22nd November 2020 Victoria is currently in last step restrictions.

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.
      • Restrictions are easing to allow for cafes, gyms, restaurants, beauty and personal care, and some outdoor entertainment venues to open. Restaurants will open, with a group size and density limits.
      • Face coverings (see below)
      • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell

Face masks:

  • Face masks are no longer required when you are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people.
  • Use of face masks remain mandatory if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people not in your household, such as when waiting at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares.
  • Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example, in shopping centres or at a hospital.

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

  • As of Monday 9 November, Bendigo Health has combined it’s COVID-19 screening clinics. Both the walk-in and drive-through screening clinics are located on Stewart Street (in the old hospital Emergency Department). The clinic is open 10am – 5.30pm, seven days a week
  • You can make an appointment to get tested at Maryborough District Health Service by calling the Fever Clinic on 5461 0362.
  • 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 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 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

Due to room sizes at Maldon this is restricted to 2 visitors from one household. More visitors from the same household can be accommodated outside.

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 during the pandemic. Volunteers are able to return to Maldon Hospital with some restrictions 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.


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.
  • 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