New advice for health care and aged care workers on Melbourne hotspots


Released 01/07/2020

ACT Health is advising people who work in high-risk settings, and who have travelled to a Melbourne hotspot, to not attend work for a period of 14 days after leaving the hotspot.

The advice comes off the back of the Victorian Government’s announcement yesterday of several postcodes linked to outbreaks that will go into local lockdown (stay at home orders) from 11.59pm this evening.

The advice extends to all staff, volunteers and visitors in high-risk settings, specifically hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities and residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease.

These workers, volunteers and visitors are asked to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever and dry cough, and if symptoms develop, to immediately self-isolate at home and arrange to get tested.

People who work in other health settings, such as General Practitioners and other community health practitioners, can continue to deliver services. However, they should remain vigilant, and if symptoms develop, should self-isolate and get tested.

Ahead of the school holidays, all ACT residents are reminded to not travel to any of the affected postcodes, and to reconsider non-essential travel to Melbourne, to avoid the risk of bringing COVID-19 back into the ACT.

All people who have been in Melbourne recently are also asked to be on the lookout for symptoms for a period of 14 days, and to get tested if any COVID-19 symptoms develop, no matter how mild.

ACT Health is continuing to monitor the situation in Melbourne and will provide further advice to the community as needed.

COVID-19 cases in Melbourne have increased significantly as a result of large outbreaks and community transmission, with a number of hotspots identified by the Victorian Government.

For further information, including the list of affected postcodes, visit: www.covid19.act.gov.au/news-articles/health-advice-on-covid-19-hot-spots-in-melbourne

Further information on testing sites in the ACT can be found on the ACT COVID-19 website at: www.covid19.act.gov.au/stay-safe-and-healthy/symptoms-and-getting-tested

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