Residents urged to get tested

28 July 2020

Benalla and district residents have been encouraged to take a COVID-19 (coronavirus) test at the local Fever Clinic if showing any symptoms of the highly contagious disease.

Benalla Health CEO Janine Holland said that since the Fever Clinic opened at the health service in March, nearly 2000 people had been tested.

“As of Monday, 27 July at 9.30am, a total of 1915 tests have been undertaken,” she said.

“While the Benalla and district area have had few people with COVID-19, it is more important than ever than we continue to be vigilant about being tested, even if there are very mild symptoms, as Victoria’s numbers continue to rise.

“Our Fever Clinic is open each day from 1.30pm to 3.30pm each day and is located outside the Urgent Care Centre.

“We ask people to phone first to make an appointment on (03) 5761 4284 as making a booking will help to minimise waiting times.”

Ms Holland also said people were also asked to note changes to visiting hours during the COVID-19 pandemic which came into force on 22 July.

In most cases, visitor numbers to patients at the health service and residents of Morrie Evans Wing have been reduced to one person at a time for up to an hour.

There are some exceptions in extenuating circumstances if the patient’s medical condition is life-threatening.

A woman in the maternity ward who has given birth can only have their partner or support person visit them and are asked to minimise their visit time if possible.

A pregnant woman can only have their partner or support person visit them. The patient can only have one visitor at a time.

People will also have their details and temperature taken when entering the health service and will be issued with a single use face mask, which must be worn while in the building.

“As the situation with COVID-19 is changing so rapidly, we encourage people to check our Facebook page and website, or phone the service if they require an update,” Ms Holland said.

“We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during these difficult times.”

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