Wear a mask in clinical areas with patient contact

COVID-19 cases in Melbourne are rising

Metro Melbourne is back under lockdown, only a few short weeks after we felt like it was safe to relax.

As Premier Daniel Andrews reminded all Victorians yesterday; “We have to be clear with each other that this is not over. Pretending that it is because we all want it to be over is not the answer. It is indeed part of the problem."

Here’s a round up of the things we all need to do at work to protect against the spread of COVID-19:

  • Work from home if you can. If you can’t, use the staff screening tool before coming to work and follow the advice provided.
  • Don’t come to work if you’re sick. If you have any symptoms at all (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss of smell or taste) – however mild – stay home from work, self-isolate and arrange to be tested.
  • If you need to be tested, call the coronavirus hotline (9496 6606) to make an appointment. To access the staff priority service, make sure that you have your employee number and Medicare number on hand, and follow the prompts.
  • If you’re unsure whether your symptoms count, call the coronavirus hotline for advice. Don’t make a decision for yourself that it’s safe to come to work.
  • Keep a safe distance (1.5 metres) from others at all times, and regularly wash or sanitise your hands
  • If you work in clinical areas where it’s difficult to keep 1.5 metres from others, wear a surgical mask.
  • Remember that others may be feeling stressed or anxious. Be kind and look after each other