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As cases of Coronavirus - now known as COVID-19 - continue to increase, so too does concern within the Victorian community. The information below can help better understand how to respond and minimise the spread of COVID-19

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As cases of coronavirus - now known as COVID-19 - continue to increase, so too does concern within the Victorian community. To understand how we must respond to and minimise the spread of COVID-19 it is important we are prepared with the latest advice, which is being regularly updated on the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website or the federal Department of Health website.

Minimising spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. It cannot jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air.

To reduce your risk of COVID-19 infection. You should:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay at home if you feel sick. If you take medication make sure you have enough.
  • If you need medical attention phone your doctor or the COVID-19 hotline – 1800 675 398. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep.
  • Wearing a face mask is not necessary if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.

For more information on how to reduce the risk of coronavirus at home, download ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus or visit the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website.

Further health and safety information to support current Victoria Police members in operational roles, including the use of personal protection equipment, is available on the COVID-19 Hub via the Victoria Police intranet (available to current Victoria Police employees only).

Exposure to COVID-19

Guidance can be obtained through the information provided by the Chief Health Officer’s advice on exposure to confirmed cases. The Chief Health Officer’s self-assessment guidance provides a simple yes/no checklist to help identify if the “close contact” threshold with a confirmed case has been met. This would then require the employee to seek medical advice.

Current Victoria Police employees should also refer to the COVID-19 Decision-Making Flowchart and Close Contact Risk Assessment (available via the internal Victoria Police intranet only) to determine your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and required action.

For all other members of the community, please refer to the latest advice on the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website.

What do I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are a current Victoria Police employee and you are displaying flu-like symptoms after potential exposure to COVID-19 (see advice above), please refer to the COVID-19 Decision-Making Flowchart (available via the internal Victoria Police intranet only).

For all other members of the community, please refer to the latest advice on the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website.

Further support

Department of Health and Human Services Victoria website and telephone hotline

The Department of Health and Human Services has established a telephone information hotline for the public and medical practitioners.

Website: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Phone: 1800 675 398

Department of Health Australia website and telephone hotline

The Department of Health has established a telephone information hotline for the public and medical practitioners.

Website: www.health.gov.au

Phone: 1800 020 080

Victoria Police’s employees COVID-19 Information Hub and Information telephone hotline

Available via the Victoria Police intranet, the Hub and hotline provide current Victoria Police employees access to the latest COVID-19 information, including Victoria Police’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan. The Hub is being updated regularly based on employee questions and enquiries, including information on health and safety precautions and pay and leave entitlements.

Intranet: Intranet home page > Coronavirus Hub (Only available to Victoria Police employees)

Wellbeing support

If you or a member of your family need wellbeing support, we encourage you to speak with someone you trust or access the available support services below:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Independent and funded professional counselling services including face-to-face, phone and e-treatment. No referral required.

SMG Health: 1800 273 865 | Acacia Connection: 1300 364 273

Victoria Police Wellbeing Services

Internal and tailored wellbeing support, advice and referral service.

Phone: 03 9247 3344

Beyond Blue 

Beyond Blue also have a comprehensive page that provides information on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Phone: beyondblue.org.au

 

* Advice provided on this page is relevant as at 31 March 2020.