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Latest COVID-19 information

As the Coronavirus pandemic impacts Australia, Council is monitoring the situation and taking direction from Australia's Chief Medical Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Prime Minister announced on Friday 8 May a Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia, which involves a 3 step, staged approach over the next few months.

The Premier has provided advice on the easing of restrictions in Victoria which means Council has opened Ringwood and Dorset Golf, with playgrounds, skate parks and outside exercise equipment to be open for the community to use from Tuesday 26 May. Social distancing requirements will be in place and people should not gather in groups of more than 10, need to stay 1.5 metres apart where possible and practice good personal hygiene. 

Council is working with our sporting clubs to discuss the use of our sportsfields for some play and training purposes. For now, Karralyka, EV’s youth centre, libraries (and our customer service centres), aquatic and leisure centres, and stadiums remain closed. 

As we approach the timeframes for the easing of restrictions, Council is ready to safely reopen our facilities for the Maroondah community.

The important messages remain

  • Practice good health and hygiene: This is the single most effective means of preventing infection. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap after going to the bathroom. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing. Avoid shaking hands. See a video on good hygiene.
  • Stay home. Unless you're:
  • shopping for what you need - food and essential supplies
  • medical, care or compassionate needs
  • exercise in compliance with the public gathering requirements
  • work and study if you can’t work or learn remotely
  • visiting friends and family - if you really need to
  • Feeling unwell? If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, you should seek medical advice and get tested. To get further advice, call your GP or the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398.

Cleaning blitz in Maroondah

Over the next few weeks Citywide Sanitisation Services contractors will be deep cleaning popular areas and communal touch points around Maroondah. 

Read more on the cleaning blitz

COVIDsafe app

The Federal Government has launched the COVIDSafe app, which helps identify people who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with coronavirus. The COVIDSafe app recognises other users of the app, noting the date, time, distance and duration of contact and the user's unique reference code.

Keep up to date

Make sure you are following the recommend guidelines during COVID-19. For information on current recommendations and restrictions see:

Social distancing and self-isolation

Feeling unwell?

If you begin to feel unwell, have a fever or a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or respiratory illness you should get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at many places across Victoria. To find a testing site near you, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or visit one of the many mobile drive-through clinics, open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

Below are a number of local drive through clinics (please note these clinics are drive through, clinicians can only test people who are in a vehicle, and these clinics are not walk-in testing sites):

  • Box Hill Central
  • Greensborough Plaza
  • Eastland
  • The Glen
  • Westfield Doncaster
  • Westfield Fountain Gate
  • Westfield Knox

Check the Department of Health and Human Services website for information on COVID-19 for further information. The DHHS also has a telephone hotline, operated by the Nurse-on-Call service: 1800 675 398.

Older people

See advice from the Department of Health and Human Services to help older people during the COVID-19 outbreak

Here's two videos from the Department of Health:

Information and tips for parents from the Department of Education and Training

Government links

You can stay informed and learn more about the virus via the following official government channels:

Federal

State

07/04/2020
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