Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians

A transmission prevented today is 1000 cases prevented in a month’s time - Brett Sutton, Victorian Chief Health Officer

Click here to get to the panels with the latest information on exposure sites, testing clinics, council and community service changes as well as health information and business updates and support. 

Shire residents who are eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine are strongly encouraged to commence the vaccine program immediately. The vaccine is the best defence against Coronavirus.

See the latest announcement from the State Government here

See the details of what COVIDSafe means

The Northern Grampians Shire Council plays a key role in supporting our community during emergencies affecting the municipality, and we are constantly monitoring and responding to this situation.

Our primary focus is to ensure that we have the best chance of avoiding the severe impacts of COVID-19 through working closely with regional healthcare providers, supporting businesses through the restrictions set by the State Government, and keeping the community informed about the latest Coronavirus updates and safety measures. 

Evidence from around the world has shown that pre-emptive measures are extremely effective in containing the spread of the disease. It is important to act now to reduce the risk of infection, reduce the spike of infections and protect our community as a whole, especially those who are more vulnerable. 

It's important to remember that this situation is constantly changing.

Our Objectives

Key objectives of Northern Grampians approach to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Contain the spread of COVID-19
  • Maintain a healthy workforce
  • Provide strong leadership across the municipality
  • Keep residents informed about what we are doing and why we are doing it
  • Support local health and emergency services
  • Deliver key messages in partnership with local agencies

Our Message

Key messages for our community:

  • Remain calm
  • This is a significant risk to our entire community
  • We all have a responsibility to minimise the risk 
  • Social distancing and practising good hygiene is critical

 

Our Partnerships

Northern Grampians Shire Council has partnered with local community leaders and service providers to provide you with the most up-to-date local information about how COVID-19 is affecting our community. 

We are in constant contact with healthcare and education providers, emergency services, tourism bodies, business support networks, and more to make sure you know exactly what's going on in our community.

The Northern Grampians Shire Council will provide regular updates to keep our community informed in the sections below. Ensure you are receiving your COVID-19 information from reputable sources and please check the date of last publication. 

Stawell Regional Health Drive-Through Testing 

Stawell Regional Health is currently conducting daily drive-through Covid-19 testing. No appointment required but please check srh.org.au website or social media to confirm drive through information and location.

SRH Respiratory Clinic

Call 03 5358 8630 to make an appointment. Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.

East Wimmera Health Service

Call 03 5477 2102 or 5477 2100  to make an appointment.  The testing service is located at 52 North Western Road St Arnaud. Testing available every day including weekends. Must have an appointment and a vehicle (drive through testing).

More information on testing:

COVID-19 Email bulletin from Grampians Community Health: Online-Weekly-NGS-COVID-19-E-News

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Vaccine eligibility for children and teenagers

  • The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 12 years and older.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccines.

People aged 12 years and over are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they:

People aged 16 years and over are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they are: 

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants (carers of NDIS participants are also eligible)
  • residents of high risk accommodation
  • eligible as a worker of an eligible workforce. 

Read more about who can get vaccinated.

 

 

The most current information on restrictions is available from www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

This following information was last updated on 18 November 2021. We are now on Phase D COVIDSafe Settings in accordance with the Victorian Government Roadmap to Recovery

Restrictions in regional Victoria

Almost all restrictions have eased for fully vaccinated Victorians, but some COVID-19 risks still remain. There are things we can all do to make ourselves and others safer. As you live and work, remember these COVIDSafe principles:

  • Wearing a mask if you can’t physically distance, have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • Masks are required indoors at retail, health, care and justice facilities, at primary schools, and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. See the Face masks page for information about where masks are required.
    • You can reduce risks by maintaining 1.5 metre distance from others where possible, using hand sanitiser and practising good hygiene.
    • Ventilation and air filtration helps. Consider opening windows to let the fresh air blow through or catching up with friends outside.
    • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been advised to get tested by a contact, workplace or school, get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you get a negative result.
    • If you have COVID-19, or you are a household contact, you need to quarantine. If your symptoms get rapidly worse, please seek help. Visit the hospital if it’s an emergency.
    • Remember to check in everywhere every time using the Service Victoria App.
    • Get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, you’re at a much higher risk of going to hospital. Book an appointment today.

Some council services and facilities will be suspended or closed for the foreseeable future in an effort to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians.

Click here to see the full list of changes to council services

Some services, facilities, and businesses in the Northern Grampians will be changed, suspended, or closed for the foreseeable future in an effort to help reduce the impact of Coronavirus. 

Click here for a list of altered community services

Council is here to help businesses in the Northern Grampians to navigate the assistance and support announced by governments and other industry sectors. 

Click here for information on business support

Information and resources to keep healthy and protected during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Click here for access to up-to-date health resources

Multilingual App

The My-Aus COVID-19 mobile app provides detailed information on COVID-19 in Australia in more than 20 languages. It is available for iOS and Android devices.

Multilingual COVID-19 information and updates

The Federal Government Department of Health provides information factsheets, video and audio on COVID-19 vaccines in multiple languages.

The Department of Health and Human Services provides daily COVID-19 updates including translated information for people from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Victoria State Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) website also provides translated health and business support information in 58 languages.

SBS News provides Australian and international news and information about the Coronavirus Vaccine and COVID-19 in your language

Healthdirect provides a COVID-19 Restrictions Checker that is not multilingual.

Community Information Session

East Wimmera Health Service and Northern Grampians Shire Council hosted an online community meeting Friday 17 September at 12 noon. The session provided information on the current COVID-19 situation in St Arnaud. A copy of the recording is available below:

  

Services affected from 22 October 2021 include:

  • Stawell and St Arnaud Libraries
  • Stawell Sports and Aquatic Centre
  • St Arnaud Early Learning Centre
  • Senior Citizens clubs at St Arnaud and Stawell
  • Council venues excluding Stawell and St Arnaud Customer Service Centres
  • anywhere where a Proof of Vaccination Status sign is placed

Information on the process is provided below. Please refer to How to get your COVID-19 digital certificate | Coronavirus Victoria for more details.

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