Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Current restrictions in place

For information regarding the current COVID-19 restrictions in place at this time, as determined by the State Government's Roadmap to easing restrictions, please click here. 

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Victorian Government's Coronavirus website.

Exposure sites

For information regarding exposure sites, please click here and visit this website regularly.

NOTE: Any information regarding local exposure sites and pop-up testing locations will be promoted and updated via Council's Facebook page, which can be viewed by clicking here.


Council services

 
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As part of the rollout of the State Government’s Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan, new entry arrangements will be in place.

From Monday, 22 November 2021 visitors to the following facilities who are older than 12 years and two months will need to have received both COVID-19 vaccinations and provide verification of their vaccination status or have a valid medical exemption to enter:
  • Cohuna Library
  • Cohuna Swimming Pool
  • Gateway to Gannawarra Visitor Centre, Cohuna
  • Kerang Exercise Pool
  • Kerang Swimming Pool
  • Leitchville Library
  • Quambatook Library
  • Sir John Gorton Library, Kerang

Face masks

Face masks are required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport/taxis/rideshare.

For more information, please click here.

Disposing of face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE) for social distancing (general public)

If you need to throw away used face coverings or PPE, such as gloves:

  • Dispose of them in your regular waste bin at home or at work, or a litter bin if you’re outside
  • Do not put them in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities

You do not need to:

  • Put them in an extra bag
  • Store them for a time before throwing them away

Disposing of face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE) If you’re self isolating

If you or a member of your household is self-isolating at home, follow the stay at home guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services.

To dispose of any face coverings or PPE you or members of your household use when self- isolating, you should:

  • Double bag them
  • Store them for 72 hours before putting them in a regular waste bin

Do not put them in a recycling bin.

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Disposal or cleaning of re-usable masks and PPE

Remove PPE carefully, and avoid touching the inside of your face covering.

After you remove your PPE or face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.

Reusable, washable cloths, PPE and covers should be washed in a regular cycle wash using the warmest possible setting with normal washing detergent. Avoid shaking out the items before placing in the washing machine.

Reusable, non-washable PPE such as eye protection, should be wiped clean with a detergent solution first, then wiped over with a disinfectant, and left to air dry. Smearing or residues might result, and this can be cleaned off by using more detergent solution and rinsing clean only after the disinfectant has dried.

 


Business and individual support

Please see below information regarding resources and support measures in place for businesses at this time:

COVIDsafe workplaces

The State Government's Coronavirus website features resources that can assist businesses in setting up COVIDsafe workplaces.

The following fact sheets may also assist:

Business support

The Gannawarra Shire Council understands the tough circumstances our local businesses find themselves in at this time. We would like to offer our support and assistance to navigate through the various support packages and government assistance that is currently on offer. If you would like any assistance or would just like to talk through your current circumstances do not hesitate to contact our Business Liaison Officer, Scott Wishart on 5450 9333.

The Business Victoria website contains all the information on business support and is update as new information becomes available, also call the hotline on 13 22 15 for assistance. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/

The table below contains links to the current available government assistance packages.

Source

Grant

Link

State

Microbusiness Concierge

https://business.vic.gov.au/contact-us/concierge-service

State

Business Costs Assistance Program

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package

State

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/circuit-breaker-business-support-package

State

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

https://www.vsbc.vic.gov.au/news-publication/commercial-tenancy-relief-for-victorians-in-small-business/

Federal

Business Continuity Fund

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/victorian-business-support-package

Federal

Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/victorian-business-support-package

Federal

Commonwealth Government Covid-19 Disaster Payment

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment

State

Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/small-business-digital-adaptation-program

State

Business Continuity Planning

https://business.vic.gov.au/business-information/tourism-industry-resources/tourism-crisis-management-guide/plan/business-continuity-plan

State

Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-recovery-and-resilience-mentoring

State

Upskill My Business Program

https://upskill.business.vic.gov.au/

State

Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Victorian Small Businesses

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-support-package/wellbeing-and-mental-health-support-for-victorian-small-businesses

State

Small Business Bus

https://business.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/small-business-bus

Below are some useful links to organisation who can also assist during this time -

Below are some links to articles with tips and advice to help get through this current crisis –

Below are some useful links to some online learning opportunities to up-skill business operators -

  • Upskill My Business Platform
    The Victorian Government’s Upskill My Business Platform provides free access to online programs, short courses and online events on topics including business innovation, cultural diversity and export preparation. To find out more visit their website at https://upskill.business.vic.gov.au/

    They have partnered with Deakin University, RMIT, VCCI and Fair Work Australia to deliver this initiative.
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    VCCI are offering a free 12-month membership which provides access to their extensive online learning portal. More details can be found at https://www.victorianchamber.com.au/

Support for individuals

There are many resources available for individuals seeking support at this time. These resources include:

Financial Support

  • The Services Australia website, which details financial and support services available;
  • The Money Smart website, which features a dedicated section to financial steps you can take to look after yourself and your money at this time;
  • The National Debt Hotline (1800 007 007) and website features a range of information relating to assistance available; and
  • The No Interest Loan Scheme, which provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit. For more information, phone the COVID Hardship Support Hotline (1300 121 130)

Relief Support

Relief Support is support that is available for residents who are required to isolate at home as a result of COVID-19 and who do not have access to support networks to access food and other essential support. This includes people who have contracted COVID-19, close contacts, secondary contacts, those awaiting test results and otherwise isolating in line with a public health direction. Support available may include food, material aid, healthcare items, personal support, financial aid, and/or other practical support.

For relief support assistance can be accessed by phoning the Victorian government’s Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or Council’s Community Recovery team on 5450 9333. Local neighbourhood houses are also able to assist.

Fur further information regarding relief support please visit the Victorian Coronavirus website at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/isolation-and-quarantine-extra-help-and-support

Lifeline Central Vic & Mallee

Lifeline Central Vic & Mallee is a service dedicated to supporting our region in their darkest moments, to ensure they are not facing them alone. They provide connections and support to empower people who are struggling with their mental health, so they can help create a suicide-free Australia. 

People can access Lifeline online at www.lifelinecvm.org.au or by calling 13 11 14. 

 

Food business trading guidelines

Council has developed a FAQ guide for food businesses. 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Symptoms

Many people who contract COVID–19 will suffer only mild symptoms. However early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. 

The most common coronavirus symptoms reported include:

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness

Who is most at risk of COVID-19

If you have travelled overseas or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are are at highest risk of infection.

Many people will suffer only mild symptoms, however, early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disease are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms.

How to reduce the risk of COVID-19

Residents can reduce the risk of Coronavirus by using good hygiene measures. This includes:

  • Washing hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Trying not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Covering 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;
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies;
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention;
  • Continue healthy habits, such as exercising, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep;
  • Buying and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol; and
  • Getting the flu shot.

Screening clinics

Northern District Community Health is coordinating a COVID-19 Screening and Assessment Clinic. Details are available by clicking here.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website also has information regarding COVID-19 Screening and Assessment Clinics throughout the State.

If you are uncertain whether you need to be tested, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service's COVID-19 self assessment web page

If you live in a remote or regional part of Victoria and cannot leave home to attend a testing site, you should contact your GP, community health service or local hospital for assistance and to discuss options available to you.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

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Recovery efforts

Council is working in partnership to lead the community’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the Victorian Government declared a State of Emergency in mid-March 2020, Council has implemented a range of measures. These measures are outlined in the Gannawarra Relief and Recovery fact sheet(PDF, 2MB).

Council’s Community Resilience Committee, consisting of 28 agencies, has developed the Gannawarra Community Resilience Action Plan 2021-2023(PDF, 173KB), which will guide the community’s recovery – both socially and economically.


Where can I find out more information?

General information

For Victorian updates, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services or Better Health Channel websites.

For Australian updates, please visit the Federal Department of Health website.

For International updates, please visit the World Health Organisation website.

Northern District Community Health has developed a fact sheet identifying local support services within the Gannawarra and northern Loddon areas.

Resilient Youth Australia has developed a fact sheet - Supporting our Children and Adolescents during home-based isolation - that can assist at this time.

Headspace has developed a fact sheet - Balancing online schooling and working from home - that can assist students currently learning from home.

The MyWarra website has a range of resources for young people about Coronavirus.

Australian Red Cross has developed COVID Connect, a free service to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website has resources regarding mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic. Further information is also available on the Mental Health Foundation of Australia website.

If you or someone you know needs extra support during this period, please make contact with the relevant services below:

Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636

Life Line - 13 11 14

Headspace (12-25 years) - 1800 650 890

Kid Help Line - 1800 55 1800

Men’s Helpline - 1300 78 99 78

1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732 (Family violence information is also available on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.

Other contact details are listed on the Wellbeing Matters in the Gannawarra poster.