Health staff told to stay home if they’ve visited hotspot

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STAFF, volunteers and visitors in high-risk settings, like hospitals, are being urged to avoid work for two weeks if they’ve travelled to a Melbourne hotspot. 

The ACT Health advise comes after the Victorian Government’s announcement yesterday that several postcodes linked to outbreaks will go into local lockdown (stay at home orders) from 11.59pm this evening (July 1).

The ACT Health advice extends to all staff, volunteers and visitors in high-risk settings, specifically hospitals, residential aged care facilities, correctional facilities and residential accommodation facilities that support people who require frequent, close personal care and who are vulnerable to severe disease.

These workers, volunteers and visitors are asked to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms such as a fever and dry cough, and if symptoms develop, to immediately self-isolate at home and arrange to get tested.

People who work in other health settings, such as GPs and other community health practitioners, can continue to deliver services, according to ACT Health. However, they should remain vigilant, and if symptoms develop, should self-isolate and get tested. 

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