COVID-19 update 24 July

COVID-19 testing for Don KR staff

Castlemaine Health is urging Don KR staff to get tested for COVID-19.

Castlemaine Health is onsite today Friday, 24 July at Don KR to conduct COVID-19 testing of Don KR staff only. Testing for Don KR staff will be available at their premises over the weekend.

We are working in partnership with local and regional health agencies and local councils to support the local community through this situation.

There are no plans to complete routine testing on community members. However, anyone with symptoms should seek testing from their local GP or a testing station in line with current advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For Don KR staff who live further afield Bendigo Health is operating two COVID-19 screening clinics. No appointment is required. The Bendigo Health clinics are:

  • Drive through clinic open from 7.30am-7.30pm daily and is accessible via Mercy Street only.
  • Walk in COVID-19 Screening Clinic on Stewart Street is open from 10am-5.30pm seven days a week. Free parking is available across the road.

Testing is also available in Maryborough, please call ahead.

Lockdown extended in aged care, along with visitor restrictions

Castlemaine Health is extending the lockdown in residential aged care and the current hospital visitor restrictions to 12 noon Friday, 7 August.

Exceptions are in place for special circumstances, such as visitors for palliative care patients and residents. People who have those circumstances should get in touch with your Nurse Unit Manager to discuss your arrangements.

To see more detail about the visitor restrictions and lockdown arrangements, visit the Visiting during COVID-19 page.

More information

Expert and detailed advice about COVID-19 is being regularly published by the Department for Health and Human Services at The Australian Government Department of Health website at is also a useful resource. Castlemaine Health is publishing general community advice from the DHHS and Australian Government on our website at and on our Facebook page at

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