The Sector Development Team is providing a consolidation of COVID-19 related emails.  This summary is to week ending 26 November 2020.

The next issue of the COVID-19 newsletter will be sent Tuesday 8th December, and continue fortnightly after that.

In this edition:
Department of Health
– Protecting Older Australians: COVID 19 Updates
Department of Health and Human Services
– DHHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Clinicians Update: Checking if patients have been to SA
Friday Funny – Just for Laughs
– 2020: Virus
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 20 November 2020 In this edition: If you missed it, it is available:
Protecting Older Australians: Daily COVID 19 Updates – 25 November 2020 In this edition: If you missed it, it is available: Back to Top

Victoria’s Current Restrictions

Victoria moved to Last Step restrictions from 11:59pm 22 November 2020.
  • As restrictions ease, it’s important that we act to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, having a face mask with you and wearing it when required, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
  • Face masks must be worn indoors (for example, in the supermarket or on public transport). A mask is not required outdoors if you can keep 1.5 metres distance from others. Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful reason not to wear one or are outside and can keep 1.5 metres distance.
  • Venues and facilities have specific requirements such as operating with a COVIDSafe Plan, density limits (maximum numbers of people allowed in a space), cleaning and record keeping – please respect these.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.
  • Many Victorians are feeling fatigued, isolated or lonely. If you are in need of support for your mental health there are mental health resources you can access on our website.
  • If Victorians are not safe at home, they can seek help and support at an Orange Door or other family violence support service. If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing family violence, call 000 in an emergency or safe steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188.
  • The Partners in Wellbeing hotline (1300 375 330) is available for referrals from people who identify as LGBTIQ, multicultural, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, veterans and people experiencing homelessness.
More information can be viewed at the department’s website. The site also contains a page of frequently asked questions providing further guidance on the directions.
Victoria/South Australia Border Crossing – 21 November 2020
From 11:59pm on Saturday, 21 November 2020 everyone who arrives in Victoria from South Australia will require a border Victorian Border Crossing Permit. The 70-kilometre cross border permit arrangements between Victoria and South Australia are still in place. You can display your previous permits or your licence with an address within 70 kms.
For Clinicians: 18 November 2020 (CHO) Clinicians should be asking patients if they have been in South Australia and if so, to check the areas of risk defined by the South Australian government and recommended actions.
For Service Providers
Information for community services
Information for Aboriginal Communities
Information for people with disability – coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources on coronavirus (COVID-19) for people with disability, their families and carers, including in Easy English and alternative formats. These will be updated in line with the easing of restrictions.

Friday Funny – Just for Laughs

2020: Virus
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Shanaya Sheridan Aboriginal Development Officer 0409 388 890 Gabrielle Fraser Diversity Advisor Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 0490 051 171
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