Information on COVID-19 for Our Community

Latest Information Regarding Positive Tests

The total number of people that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie regions is 10.

GV Health is continuing to treat patients with suspected COVID-19 at Graham Street Shepparton.

A second staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home in self-quarantine.

A review into how this staff member became infected with COVID-19 is underway. At this time there is no evidence of a link between the second staff member testing positive and the staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

Tracing has been undertaken regarding the second staff member in consultation with DHHS. People who have been in close contact with the staff member have all been contacted. This includes, where required, testing of patients and staff for COVID-19 that have had close contact with the staff member concerned.

A small number of patients have been identified through the contact tracing process and they have been reviewed by medical staff. These patients will continue to be monitored. Follow-up care and treatment has and will be arranged where needed.

A very small number of staff who were considered close contacts have been assessed and had pathology swabs taken. The results of these pathology tests are negative.

The approach GV Health is taking is consistent with guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and includes tracing regarding staff and patients which is ongoing.

Remaining Vigilant

GV Health’s priority remains the health and wellbeing of patients and staff. Please continue to maintain vigilance regarding measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and follow required precautions both at work and when not at work.

A stay at home direction was signed on 30 March 2020, ordering anyone in Victoria to stay at their usual place of residence, other than to work or study, buy essential goods or services, medical care or compassionate needs or exercise in accordance with public gathering guidelines.

Please think of our community, those who are vulnerable, your families and loved ones and protect yourselves by staying at home.

Please adhere to the social distancing measures of staying at least 1.5 metres away from other people. The rule of 1 person for every 4 square metres must be maintained to ensure a safe, physical distance.

Practicing good hand hygiene also helps with the spread of the disease. Hands should be washed regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you are ill, stay at home.

GV Health has a Screening Station at the front of the Emergency Department (ED) and Acute Respiratory Clinic (ARC) at its Graham Street, Shepparton site to ensure people in the Goulburn Valley can be safely assessed for COVID-19 and directed to the appropriate level of care should they be unwell. Opening times for the Screening Station are 10:00am to 5:30pm.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days a week on 1800 675 398 before visiting the Screening Station.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

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

Visiting Hours

In line with directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer in accordance with emergency powers arising from the declared State of Emergency due to COVID-19, all non-essential visits to health services, including residential aged care facilities are no longer permitted.

Restrictions are now in place to ensure the utmost safety of our patients, staff and your loved ones.

The latest visiting hours and restrictions can be accessed by clicking the tab title ‘Attention Visitors’ on the front page of GV Health’s website.

Residential Aged Care Services

All people attending a GV Health Residential Aged Care service in Shepparton, Rushworth and Tatura, other than residents, must now have an up-to -date influenza vaccination (if such a vaccination is available to them) in order to be present on the premises.

GV Health is required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that these directions are being followed and a person does not enter or remain on the premises if people do not meet the influenza vaccination requirements.

This advice is consistent with the directives issued by the Chief Health Officer of Victoria on 7 April 2020 in accordance with the declared State of Emergency throughout the state of Victoria due to the serious risk to public health in Victoria because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting Information

There are a number of ways to gain access to information regarding COVID-19 by visiting the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.

Information is also available in a number of other languages. To access these please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.

GV Health would like to thank the Goulburn Valley community for its continued support to its entire staff as we all work together to fight against the spread of COVID-19.