Community Update Coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 March 2020

Published: Monday 16 Mar 2020

The Premier has declared a State of Emergency for Victoria. This declaration gives the Victorian Chief Health Officer the powers required to enforce the quarantine and isolation measures agreed by Premiers, Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister.

Whitehorse City Council will continue to monitor the situation and take direction from Victorian and Commonwealth health authorities. 

We have cancelled some of our larger community events. These include Shake at the Lake, Moonlight Movie Night and the Parent Information Forum we had scheduled for Wednesday 18 March. 

We expect more events, activities and Council services may be impacted in the near future. To stay in touch and receive timely information:

The two most important messages remain: 

  • Practice good health and hygiene: this is the single most effective means of preventing infection. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap after going to the bathroom. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing. Avoid shaking hands.
  • Feeling unwell, stay home: If you are experiencing any symptoms resembling cold or flu (or caring for an immediate family member who is similarly unwell) please stay at home.

The outbreak is rapidly changing and it is important that you continue to monitor reputable sources for any new information as it becomes available.

For the latest news on the Coronavirus visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. A telephone hotline has also been set up by DHHS. Please phone 1800 675 398 to contact the hotline. This is operated by the Nurse-on-Call service.

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