Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – Updated 3/3/20

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) remains a current global health issue. The situation is evolving, and significant outbreaks are now being reported in countries other than China, including Iran and
Italy. An increasing number of countries may have a community transmission of COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), including Australia, Hong King, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

This email is provided to update MOIRA services users, families and team on our approach during this developing story.
As the situation is being updated daily we are taking a cautious approach as the safety, health and wellbeing of all members of our community is a priority.

新型冠状病毒中文信息 (Information for the Chinese community in Victoria)

What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)?

The risk of contracting COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) in Australia is still relatively low, however further cases of COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) have been reported in Australia with the first case of
human to human transmission recorded yesterday, and sadly one death from the virus has occurred in Western Australia. As such, we continue to take a cautious approach and ask all participants, families, carers and young people to keep informed and stay away from any events and group activities if you are unwell.

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), please contact the dedicated
hotline on 1800 675 398 and see your medical practitioner for possible testing.

How do I protect myself and my family?

• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially before eating and after using the toilet.
• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue – or cough into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
• The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) do not recommend face masks for use by members of the public in Victoria, although anyone who wants to be cautious can
of course choose to wear one.
• Avoid touching your face unless you have washed your hands with soap and water

You should avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, and minimise contact (such as handshaking) in general. If you are unwell, please see a medical professional and stay
away from public spaces.

Travel advice

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS), the travel advice level for China and Iran has been lifted to ‘do not travel’.
The travel advice for South Korea, Japan, Mongolia and Italy has been raised to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’.
Clinicians have been advised to also consider testing people with clinically compatible illness who have travelled within Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand in the 14 days before onset of the symptoms.

If you have recently returned from any of the countries listed above (or any international location) in the past 14 days and you develop symptoms or feel unwell, please see your medical practitioner. When seeking medical attention, you should call ahead and advise the clinic of your travel history.

If you are travelling, please exercise safety precautions. For COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) this means taking sensible measures to minimise your risk of exposure such as practicing good hygiene as detailed above.

Further Updates

We will continue to update our service users when significant changes to advice occur, and/or MOIRA updates it’s response to the situation.
For more information and updates on the COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) outbreak please refer to the Department of health and Human services website.