Six cases confirmed

Mount Alexander Shire now has six confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19.

Ambulance Victoria said people power is the greatest weapon in stopping the spread of deadly COVID-19. Ambulance Victoria is calling on the Loddon Mallee community to help save lives by following strict social distancing.

Ambulance Victoria Loddon Mallee Regional Director Michael Georgiou acknowledged the lifestyle changes we are being asked to make are dramatic.

“These changes will be temporary, but right now, they’re absolutely essential. We should expect no less of each other,” he said.

 Everyone in the community can make a vital difference if we all:

1. Stay at home
2. When you must go out, keep your distance, at least 1.5 metres away from others
3. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
4. Cough/sneeze into your elbow
5. Don’t touch your face

“Washing your hands thoroughly for twenty seconds and keeping a safe distance from others when out in public might be a little hard to get used to, but they are important measures we can all take,” Mr Georgiou said.

Social distancing
“Stay at home and avoid all unnecessary travel,” Mr Georgiou said.

“If you have to leave the house, make sure you are 1.5 metres, or two arms’ length away from others at all times. The evidence globally from countries ahead of us in the coronavirus pandemic is clear: the only weapon that will slow the rate of infection and ensure our public health system can cope, is social distancing.”

Most important of all – save Triple Zero (000) for emergencies
“Only ringing Triple Zero (000) when it’s an emergency will also mean that ambulances are available for those who really need it,” he said.

Anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 should contact the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. Anyone else with a health concern should call Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24. If in doubt, visit the DHHS coronavirus website.

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.