Coronavirus in the Northern Grampians

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

Scroll down to the links below to see 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.

The Northern Grampians Shire Council will provide regular updates to keep our community informed as information comes to hand.

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. 

Regional Exposure Sites

This exposure applies to people who attended the sites below on the following days: 

Exposure Sites in Halls Gap

Tier One:

Spirit of Punjab

161-163 Grampians Road, Halls Gap

Friday 8 October from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co

119 Grampians Road, Halls Gap

Friday 8 October from 7.30pm to 8pm

Live Fast Cafe

97 Grampians Road, Halls Gap

Saturday 9 October from 6.40pm to 8.30pm

Flame Brothers Restaurant and Bar

10/97 Grampians Road, Halls Gap

Saturday 9 October from 6.40pm to 8.30pm

Grampians Adventure Golf Cafe and MOCO gallery

475 to 481 Grampians Road, Halls Gap

Sunday 10 October from 11.15am to 1pm

Exposure Sites in Stawell

Tier One:

Industry & Co Barbering and Hairdressing

112 Main Street Stawell

Friday 8 October from 2pm to 3.30pm

Stawell Regional Health (SRH) - Radiology Department  

Monday 27 September to Wednesday 29 September

SRH has confirmed that a clinical team member has tested positive to COVID-19 and worked on site in Radiology during the days indicated above.

  • If you attended SRH Radiology for an ultrasound  during that time, you will need to get tested immediately for COVID-19 and isolate for 14 days. The Grampians Public Health Unit will be in contact with you directly.

Tier Two:

Stawell Regional Health (SRH) - Radiology Department

Monday 27 September to Wednesday 29 September

  • If you attended Radiology but did not have an ultrasound you will need to get tested and isolate for 14 days.

Contact tracing is underway and further updates will be made if there are any further known community based exposure sites. Please contact Stawell Regional Health on 03 5358 8630 for further information regarding testing.

Exposure Sites in Ararat

This exposure applies to people who attended sites at the following times on the following days: 

Tier Two:

Priceline Pharmacy Ararat - 119 Barkly Street, Ararat 

  • Monday 27 September from 2.50pm to 4pm

Woolworths Ararat - 3 Ingor Street, Ararat    

  • Monday 27 September from 3pm to 4pm

 

Stawell Regional Health Drive-Through Testing 

Stawell Regional Health is currently conducting daily drive-through Covid-19 testing at the Stawell Tennis Club, 63 Newington Road, Stawell. Open Thursday 14 October from 10am until further notice. No appointment required but please check srh.org.au website or social media to confirm drive through information.

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:

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY REQUIRED AT COVID TESTING SITE 

With some COVID cases in Northern Grampians, we’re asking for volunteers to help direct traffic at the COVID Testing Site. Whether you can volunteer for one day or many days, you would be greatly helping the community. The full details are below: 

Location: Stawell Tennis Club, 63 Newington Road Stawell 

Shift times: 10am – 2pm daily, 2 volunteers required per shift  

Testing Dates: From Saturday 16/10 until Wednesday 27/10  

Volunteer role: Direct traffic at the entrance to the testing site. Lunch, tea, coffee and water are provided. 

Requirements: 

  • Volunteers are required to be double vaccinated. Evidence will need to be provided on site before commencing the shift 

  • Volunteers must not fall within a high-risk category. Please chick here for information on high risk categories. High risk groups can be found HERE.

  • Volunteers must be over 18 years of age 

  • Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes as they may be standing for long periods. 

Protective equipment:  

  • N95 masks must be worn and can be provided by the health services 

  • Face shields can be made available 

  • Hi-vis vests will be supplied  

  • A safety briefing will be provided to all volunteers at the commencement of the shift by the health services 

If you’re interested in volunteering, please call Northern Grampians Customer Service TODAY on 03 5358 8700 of you can help out over the weekend or call Monday if next week suits you better. 

Learn more about volunteering with NGSC here.

COVID-19 Email bulletin from Grampians Community Health: Online-Weekly-NGS-COVID-19-E-News(PDF, 2MB)

 Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccination in NGS_August26.png

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/how-we-live 

This following information was last updated on 7 October 2021.

Restrictions in regional Victoria (except Mitchell Shire, Moorabool Shire and City of Greater Shepparton)

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • Residents of regional Victoria must not travel to metropolitan Melbourne ( including Moorabool Shire, City of Greater Shepparton or Mitchell Shire), other than for permitted reasons. These include: 
    • for authorised work or permitted education
    • to visit an intimate partner
    • for care and compassionate reasons, including permitted child minding
    • to access necessary goods and services provided they are from the facility that is closest to where you live
    • other limited reasons such as moving house

While in these areas, you must comply with restrictions in place.

  • You cannot go to metropolitan Melbourne (or Mitchell Shire, Moorabool Shire and City of Greater Shepparton) to get a COVID-19 vaccination, even if you have a pre-existing booking. 
  • There are no restrictions on travelling to other parts of regional Victoria. If visiting an Alpine resort, you must have a COVID-19 test performed and receive a negative less than 72 hours before entering the resort.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors and outdoors for people aged 12 and over and are highly recommended for primary school aged children. You do not need to wear a mask in your own home, or if a lawful exception applies.
  • If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.
  • Businesses in regional Victoria must conduct a ID check to ensure that patrons attending do not reside in metropolitan Melbourne (or Mitchell Shire, Moorabool Shire and City of Greater Shepparton). 

Given the clearly increasing risk coming from Melbourne, Victoria Police will significantly expand their operation along the metropolitan border to protect regional Victoria. Police will also be out in force in regional areas, conducting spot checks to ensure people from metropolitan Melbourne are not in the region unless for authorised reasons. The fine for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions is $5,452. 

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: