Headway Gippsland will try to keep you updated during the coronavirus pandemic with some useful information.
Here are some useful links:
Victorian coronavirus information – dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
Coronavirus vaccine – information for people with disability – click here.
NDIS Commission coronavirus information – click here.
Vaccine eligibility checker – click here.
Information on PPE – click here.
COVID-19 vaccines – How vaccines work: Auslan
Recommendations for using a cloth face mask
The government requires everyone in Victoria to wear a face mask, both indoors and outdoors, except if you are at home, or if you have an exemption applies. Face masks must be carried at all times.
In the following video, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton demonstrates how to wear a face mask correctly.
“I recommend a cloth mask, made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics, to ensure adequate protection,” Mr Sutton said.
“A mask should fit securely around the face, specifically covering your nose and mouth areas. The mask should fit snugly on your face and be secured by ties at the back of your head or ear loops.”
Do you need a face mask?
Warragul Community House is very generously sewing fabric face masks to give away for free.
You can drop in to Drouin Library, Warragul Library or Warragul Community House and ask for a mask.
For more information about Warragul Community House, click here.
Coronavirus testing in Gippsland
If you have coronavirus symptoms (fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of sense of smell or taste) you should get tested.
The Gippsland primary health network has information about testing in the region on its website – click here.
There are six respiratory clinics across Gippsland. They are in Warragul, Sale, Foster, Wonthaggi, Bairnsdale and Morwell.
For general information about getting tested, visit the DHHS website here.
Here is a video demonstrating the proper procedure for getting dressed up in personal protective equipment (PPE).
Download the COVIDSafe app
The Australian government is encouraging people to download an app called COVIDSafe.
It is designed to help the government track down the people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, and hopefully, slow the spread of the virus and save lives.
The COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary.