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    What is Covid-19?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

    COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

    For the most up to date information on Coronavirus in Victoria, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

    COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. 

    Close contact means greater than 15 minutes face-to-face or the sharing of a closed space for more than two hours with a confirmed case.

    A close contact could include any person meeting any of the following criteria:

    • living in the same household or household-like setting (for example, a boarding school or hostel)
    • direct contact with the body fluids or laboratory specimens of a confirmed case 
    • a person who spent two hours or longer in the same room 
    • face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes with the case in any other setting not listed above.

    The most common coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported are:

    • Fever, chills or sweats
    • shortness of breath
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny Nose
    • Fatigue or tiredness
    • Loss of taste or smell

    Other less common symptoms may include:

    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Muscle soreness
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea

    Many people who contract coronavirus (COVID–19) will suffer only mild symptoms. Elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions may experience more severe symptoms.

    You can find out more information on COVID-19 symptoms on the Victoria Government website

    If you suspect you may have coronavirus please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.

    • 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.
    • 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, and get plenty of sleep.
    • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.

    VISITOR INFORMATION

    COVID-19 VISITING HOURS

    11:00am-1:00pm

    All visitors are screened upon entry to the hospital. They are required to complete an online questionnaire by scanning a QR code and subsequently reporting to the front desk before they can proceed into the main hospital. For those who don’t have a smart phone or access to QR codes, MBPH staff will be able to assist.

     

    SERVICE CHANGES

    During this time, our outpatient clinics are being delivered via a telehealth service.  Please contact your MBPH Health Professional to discuss if this is appropriate for your needs. 

    Testing Clinic

    Public COVID-19 Screening clinics are available via the Sunraysia Community Health Service.

    Please contact SCHS on (03) 5021 7653 even if you have only mild symptoms.

    ISOLATING

    If you feel unwell, please stay at home and isolate – only leave the house to get your COVID-19 test. 

    Any questions? Please contact DHHS on 1800 020 080.

    Isolate until you receive a negative result and symptom free.

    14 day isolation period. Retest Day 11.

    Isolate until child is negative and symptom free.

    Please take advice from your employer or DHHS.

    Covid-19 Information