COVID-19 Anglesea Community Update – 12 July

Anglesea Community Update on COVID-19
– current as of 12th July 2020
– information continues to change rapidly
– previous updates can be found on our website:

The events of the last week, while appearing drastic and causing a lot of distress, have not been unexpected. There has been modelling done that predicted further outbreaks and the process of containing, isolating and protecting has meant the return to Stage 3 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, with associated travel restrictions, are necessary.

This is a chance to remind ourselves that this virus is not only virulent but also easily transmissible. The Victorian Government has implemented a number of changes that, when read didactically, appear to contain contradiction and ambiguity. This has led to a lot of animosity online and in person, which many people would be aware of. Divisiveness in small communities has the potential to cause harm as well, and we would encourage everyone to be kind in all interactions – take time to think about what is causing your own anger or distress. For some people it will be guilt about their choices, for others it will be fear about their health, or concern for others – of course there are many other reasons as well. People, in general, struggle with considering they may be in the wrong, and rarely does abuse or anger enable careful reflection or assist with change.

It is worthwhile remembering the the virus does not care where you are from and what justifications you make about your actions. The behaviour of many people has enabled community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to increase, and we are all responsible for our own actions and now working harder than ever to reduce transmission.

Utilising the following basic strategies will help reduce transmission:

  • physical distancing
  • regular hand hygiene
  • not touching your face
  • staying home when unwell
  • avoiding large gatherings
  • allowing people space and time when you are shopping or near others

Please refer to the following website for offical information around the Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions – which apply to all people if their principal place of residence is in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire.

Let’s all use common sense, and consideration for others, as we move into this new phase of the pandemic as it is vital to have cohesion and work together. It falls to all of us to act responsibly and to keep our community safe and the spread of coronavirus under control.

We also need to keep testing, so even if you have the mildest symptoms, it is important to get tested. Contact us for a telehealth appointment if you are unwell or uncertain, or contact a local testing clinic directly if you have any of the following symptoms however mild:

  • fever
  • chills or night sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing
  • headache
  • muscle pain (myalgia)
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of sense of smell (anosmia)
  • distortion of sense of taste (dysgeusia)
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea

For our area the two main options are:

Barwon Health – Torquay Community Health Centre testing clinic
100 Surf Coast Hwy, Torquay 3228
Daily: 9am-5.30pm
Appointment only, book via (03) 4215 7815

Great Ocean Road Health Lorne Community Hospital testing clinic
1 Albert St, Lorne 3232
Daily: 9am-4pm
Appointment only, book via (03) 5289 4300