Community Update - 31 December 2020

Published: Thursday 31 Dec 2020

Six cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Melbourne over 30-31 December, including one in Mitcham. 

New restrictions

From 5pm tonight, gatherings in private homes across Victoria are restricted to a maximum of 15 people. Masks are mandatory in all indoor settings outside your home. 

We are asked not to enter the CBD tonight unless we have a booking at a hospitality venue. We are asked to consider any travel into NSW in January very carefully. Permits and restrictions on re-entering Victoria can change at a moment’s notice, and you could get stuck in NSW. 

Who should get tested?

Anyone who has visited one of the public exposure sites on the relevant dates should get tested and then stay home while you wait for your results, whether or not they have symptoms. 

Anyone in Victoria experiencing even the mildest of symptoms should get tested. 

The symptoms to watch out for are

  • fever 
  • chills or sweats 
  • cough 
  • sore throat 
  • shortness of breath 
  • runny nose 
  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste. 

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Where to get tested?

Test sites near Mitcham include:

  • East Ringwood Reserve (former Maroondah Club)
    49 Mount Dandenong Road, East Ringwood
    1 January from 9am
  • Box Hill Hospital, corner Nelson Rd & Arnold St, Box Hill. 
    31 Dec – 9am-5pm; 1 Jan – 9.30am to 3pm; 2 Jan 9am to 5pm
  • EACH Respiratory Clinic, 46 Warrandyte Rd, Ringwood
    31 Dec – 8.30am – 4.30pm, 1-3 Jan - CLOSED; 4 Jan – 8.30am-4.30pm
  • Swinburne University carpark, Riverpark Drive, Wantirna
    Drive through, open 9am -5pm every day, including public holidays. 

Stay up to date

To stay up to date on changes to restrictions, new exposure sites and new test sites, follow DHHS on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about COVID,

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