Region hit by virus surge

Victoria is currently experiencing an increase in COVID-19, Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

In the Loddon Mallee, there have been 11 COVID-19 hospitalisations and four deaths between May 11- 24.

The hospitalisation numbers have decreased by 48 per cent from the previous fortnight and the number of deaths has decreased by one.

It is important that those at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are protected – this includes people aged 65 and above, people with a disability or chronic medical condition and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Younger children aged six months to five years and pregnant women are also at greater risk of influenza and RSV.

Consequently, Dhelkaya Health has reintroduced wearing surgical masks when visiting the services and attending on-site appointments in Castlemaine and Maldon.

People experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness, even if testing negative, should not visit the health service.

Reports show that regional influenza vaccination rates are lower compared to this time last year, and it is recommended that anyone, six months of age and over, get the vaccine as soon as possible to help prevent the spread.

Castlemaine Mail
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