Emergency Information

COVID VACCINATIONS are available through local GP clinics and pharmacies. Go to the Commonwealth Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder website to locate your nearest vaccination centre.

COVID-19 PCR TESTING: You now need a referral from as GP to get a PCR test. 

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits are now the primary way that COVID-19 cases are identified so that we can minimise the spread of the virus.

FREE RAT KITS

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits are available free to all Victorians through the Department of Health, and are available at the Benalla Council Offices.  Everyone can collect up to two packs of five RATs per person, and two packs per household member. You do not need a Medicare card. You can collect RATs as many times as you need. If you run out of RATs, you are welcome to collect more to make sure you are prepared.

WHAT IF I TEST POSITIVE TO COVID-19?

If you test positive with a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) it’s no longer necessary to confirm that result with a PCR test.
Positive RAT tests are now considered official by the government.
If you test positive you must report your result by phoning the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. 
For most people who test positive for COVID-19, recovery at home is the best care option.
Here’s the info you need on what to do if you test positive, or if you’ve been told you are a contact: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist.