Six cases confirmed

Mount Alexander Shire now has six confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19.

Ambulance Victoria said people power is the greatest weapon in stopping the spread of deadly COVID-19. Ambulance Victoria is calling on the Loddon Mallee community to help save lives by following strict social distancing.

Ambulance Victoria Loddon Mallee Regional Director Michael Georgiou acknowledged the lifestyle changes we are being asked to make are dramatic.

“These changes will be temporary, but right now, they’re absolutely essential. We should expect no less of each other,” he said.

 Everyone in the community can make a vital difference if we all:

1. Stay at home
2. When you must go out, keep your distance, at least 1.5 metres away from others
3. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
4. Cough/sneeze into your elbow
5. Don’t touch your face

“Washing your hands thoroughly for twenty seconds and keeping a safe distance from others when out in public might be a little hard to get used to, but they are important measures we can all take,” Mr Georgiou said.

Social distancing
“Stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel,” Mr Georgiou said.

“If you have to leave the house, make sure you are 1.5 metres, or two arms’ length away from others at all times. The evidence globally from countries ahead of us in the coronavirus pandemic is clear: the only weapon that will slow the rate of infection and ensure our public health system can cope, is social distancing.”

Most important of all – save Triple Zero (000) for emergencies
“Only ringing Triple Zero (000) when it’s an emergency will also mean that ambulances are available for those who really need it,” he said.

Anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 should contact the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. Anyone else with a health concern should call Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24. If in doubt, visit the DHHS coronavirus website.


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4 thoughts on “Six cases confirmed

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:30 pm
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    Since the confirmation of corona virus cases in Castlemaine many residents are on edge as to where these people frequented in the days prior to being diagnosed. It should be made public to put residents on alert to any symptoms in case they frequented the same places during that time. Also to put others minds at rest if they did not.

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    • March 26, 2020 at 6:27 pm
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      Hi Kathy thanks for your comment. The DHHS tells the Mail all those who have come in contact with each case will be contacted.

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  • March 26, 2020 at 7:34 am
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    To help reduce the public’s anxiety. Where have these people been e.g. the pharmacy, supermarket etc (before and after positive test and self quarantine)
    And those that may have in contact or received they change used there trolley/basket, fuel pump etc only takes one of these people to not take it seriously.

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    • March 26, 2020 at 6:26 pm
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      Hi Jane, Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the DHHS won’t reveal further details due to privacy. However they have assured community members that those who may be been in contact with affected cases will be notified and any places they frequented will be notified for cleaning etc
      Kind Regards
      Lisa Dennis
      Editor

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