For the most up-to-date information regarding the Novel Coronavirus, including specific health and medical advice, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.
What is COVID-19 and what does this means for our community?
COVID-19 — easing of restrictions
The message to Victorians remains the same — if you can stay at home, you must stay at home. The Victorian Government has announced it will gradually ease restrictions — while it continues to ensure the safety of our state.
Under the changes, it means that there will be five reasons to leave your home:
- shopping for food and supplies that you need
- care and caregiving
- exercise and outdoor recreation
- work and education — if you can’t do it from home
- visiting friends and family — if you really need to
Social distancing of 1.5 metres between yourself and others should be practiced at all times.
To find out more, visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services — Gradual easing of restrictions page.
What is COVID-19?
The World Health Organisation defines COVID-19 as an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.
What are the symptoms?
The most common COVID-19 symptoms reported are:
- Breathing difficulties, breathlessness
- Sore throat
- Fatigue or tiredness
How does COVID-19 spread?
Health authorities around the world believe the virus is spread from close contact with an infected person, mostly through face-to-face interactions or between members of the same household. People may also pick up the virus from surfaces contaminated by a person with the infection.
COVID-19 is spread by people when they cough or sneeze. That’s why the best way to protect others is to practice good personal hygiene.
What can I do to help stop the spread?
- Practice social distancing — keep a full arm-span (about 1.5 metres) between yourself and other people where possible.
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Continue healthy habits — exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep and don’t smoke.
- Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with more than 60 per cent alcohol.
- Stay at home if you feel sick, and undertake physical distancing as outlined in the section below.
If you are socially-isolating at home, this is not a time to have people over at your house for a barbecue or dinner. It is important you avoid all unnecessary gatherings.
Protect yourself against the flu
With the spread of COVID-19, health services and emergency departments are likely to be under pressure. While the flu shot does not provide immunity against COVID-19, the Department of Health and Human Services is advising all Victorians to get the flu shot to reduce their risk.
Everyone over six months of age should get an annual flu shot to ensure they are protected during the peak flu season, which usually runs from June to September. None of the vaccines available in Australia contain live influenza viruses, so they cannot cause the flu.
How to look after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak
Beyond Blue recognises and understands the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the COVID-19 and offers the following wellbeing advice.
Managing your mental health while in self-isolation or quarantine
There are several ways to support your mental health during periods of self-isolation or quarantine.
Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus. Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus.
- Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
- Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
- Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
- Try to maintain physical activity.
- Establish routines as best possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
- For those working from home, try to maintain a healthy balance by allocating specific work hours, taking regular breaks and, if possible, establishing a dedicated work space.
- Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by news of the outbreak. We encourage people who have experienced mental health issues in the past to:
- activate your support network
- acknowledge feelings of distress
- seek professional support early if you’re having difficulties.
If you are suffering from mental health issues, Beyond Blue offers short-term counselling and referrals by phone and webchat on 1300 22 4636.
How is COVID-19 impacting Glen Eira City Council services and events?
Some of the impacts to-date on Council services include the postponement of all non-essential services and events. For the continued good health of our community and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have also had to close some of our facilities until further notice, including:
- Glen Eira Leisure facilities (GESAC, Caulfield Recreation Centre and Carnegie Swim Centre)
- Glen Eira Libraries
- Glen Eira City Council Gallery
- playgrounds, fitness equipment, drinking fountains, barbecues in our parks and reserves
- the Customer Service Centre counters at Glen Eira Town Hall
For a full update of what services are running, please visit our Council services impacted page
To find out more on the events that have been cancelled or postponed, visit our Update on cancelled events page.
Emergency relief packages available
Glen Eira residents self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) with no access to food and essential supplies will receive emergency relief packages.
The program, which has been introduced by the Victorian Government, will support people in mandatory self-isolation, who have little or no food, and no network of family and friends to support them.
Each eligible household will receive a two-week supply of essential goods, such as long-life milk, pasta, cereal, canned vegetables and sugar. Personal care packages will also be distributed to eligible households and include soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Additional items may also be provided depending on the needs of the household, such as nappies or baby formula.
The packages will be delivered door-to-door, with other distribution points to be established as required.
For further information and to find out if you are eligible, contact 1800 675 398.
For information about COVID-19 in your language, please see the DHHS translated COVID-19 resources
If you would like any of the information on this page translated into another language, please contact Council’s Media and Communications team on 9524 3333
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Per maggiori informazioni sul COVID-19 nella vostra lingua, visitate la pagina DHHS -Risorse sul COVID-19 tradotte.
Se desiderate accedere alle informazioni contenute in questa pagina in un'altra lingua, contattate il team Media e Comunicazione del comune al numero 9524 3333
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