COVID-19 update 6 August

Mask use has become mandatory for all staff at Castlemaine Health, with masks being worn continuously by all staff regardless of their role.

These measures follow the new State Government directives to help protect our community from COVID-19 which means that all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live. There are a number of lawful excuses for not wearing a face covering, including being under 12 years of age or with a relevant medical condition.

At Castlemaine Health masks are being provided to visitors on entry, but visitor restrictions remain in place across the site with only ‘essential visitors’ allowed. The lockdown which is currently in place across residential aged care is being reviewed this week, with a decision on next steps to be communicated to residents and families before the end of the week.

CEO Ian Fisher said: “This is a constantly changing environment and we appreciate the community’s support and flexibility as we continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The visitor restrictions we’ve put in place have been successful so far in protecting our vulnerable residents and patients, and our staff. But with the reintroduction of Stage 3 restrictions we are once again examining how we’re working to quickly respond to the new environment.”

A State of Disaster is now in place across Victoria with Stage 3 restrictions returning to regional Victoria from Wednesday night.

Ian Fisher said: “I’m very much aware that the second round of Stage 3 restrictions will be very difficult for us all. Regardless of your personal situation, I feel like we are all heading into this fatigued, stressed and anxious about what’s to come. Seek help if you need it and stay connected as much as you can with family and friends.”

Anyone feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, should get tested and head straight home afterwards. If you have any of these symptoms do not go to work, get tested and get yourself home:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste.

There is financial support for workers who are waiting for test results or self-isolating. We should all remember to practice good hygiene, maintain physical distancing and wear a face covering when you are out for one of the four reasons.

Ian Fisher said: “I’d like to thank everyone for the changes you’ve been making to your day-to-day lives. Some of them aren’t easy. But stay with it. It’s a tough situation we’re all in but these measures really are making a difference.”

More information is available on the DHHS website at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

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