Coronavirus Info for the Victorian Public

 

The Department of Health and Human Services is working around the clock with health services, the Commonwealth and international agencies to respond to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and keep the Victorian community safe.

Information for the Victorian public

If you have travelled from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020, or have been in Hubei Province, China in the past 14 days:

  • stay at home (self-quarantine)
  • avoid public settings – this means you should not attend work, school, childcare or university or go to other public places such as restaurants, cinemas or shopping centres and should not use public transport
  • do this for 14 days after landing in Australia (other than when seeking medical care)

If you have been in close contact with someone who already has novel coronavirus:

  • stay at home (self-quarantine)
  • avoid public settings for 14 days after you last came into contact with them

If you fall into the risk groups above and begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during your period of isolation (self-quarantine), you should seek immediate medical attention.

Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel history before you arrive.

If you are concerned call the Department of Health and Human Service’s coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

If you are not in any of the risk groups above, you should go about your daily life and travel and work or study as normal.

What else can you do? 

  • You should pay close attention to good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue – or cough into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
  • Face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public in Victoria, although anyone who wants to be cautious can of course choose to wear one.

The latest information and resources are available at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-novel-coronavirus