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The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of restrictions from 6pm on Friday 26 March:
To report a suspected breach of public health restrictions contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or report online.
Restrictions are in place to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives.
New coronavirus cases have been identified in the northern metropolitan Melbourne area. Students from these schools and their families are asked to get tested, even if you do not have any symptoms:
East Preston Islamic College will be closed for 14 days. The preliminary recommendation for Croxton school is for a 14-day closure, however this will be regularly reviewed as further information comes to hand.
To make sure the DHHS can fully track the spread of this virus, all students and staff, their families and close contacts are asked to get tested and stay at home until they get a negative result.
The coronavirus test is free and available to everyone. You do not need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You do not need a Medicare card. There is no cost.
If you cannot leave your home to get tested, free testing at home is also available. Call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 and select option 9 to find out if you are eligible for this service. The Call-to-Test service will operate from 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Financial support is available to help you stay at home if you need to miss work. Please visit the Test isolation and worker support payments page for more information.
Victorians with even mild symptoms are asked to get tested to help the government better track the spread of the virus.
The symptoms to watch out for are:
In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.
Tests are free and you should bring your Medicare card.
To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or speak to your local doctor.
A new Call-to-Test serviced will enable vulnerable people who cannot leave home due to injury, mobility or other eligible reasons to get tested at home. Read more about about to access this service.
Testing is at the following sites:
You can also get tested at:
Call 1800 675 398 for more information or
If you HAVE symptoms, no matter how mild, and get tested you need to STAY HOME until you received your coronavirus test result.
You may be eligible for a Victorian Government payment if you don't have access to sick leave and are required to isolate. More information is available here.
A fitted face mask is required instead of other face coverings because it provides better protection. As restrictions ease and movement increases, the effectiveness of a face mask is even more important.
A face mask includes any paper or textile covering designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to protect the wearer. It does not have to be medical grade and you can make your own.
You should take the following actions to stay safe:
More information is available here.
Yes. The CovidSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The most reliable information on the coronavirus can be found on both the Victorian and Australian government’s websites.
1800 675 398
There is a self assessment tool available on the DHHS website which helps assess if you are at risk of COVID-19.
Download the Australian Government's information app:
Download the COVIDSafe app:
You can call the coronavirus hotline if you have concerns: 1800 675 398. If you need an interpreter call 131 450.
Translated Government messaging can be found on the Victorian Government DHHS Youtube channel.
SBS information hub has multiple languages: SBS website
DPV Health multicultural resources: DPV Health
Victorian Multicultural Commission has range of information about COVID-19 in other languages
There is now a Disability Information Helpline you can call on 1800 643 787 for all kinds of coronavirus-related help and information.
The hotline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays.