COVID-19 Anglesea Community Update 9 April

Anglesea Medical Community Update on COVID-19
– current as of 9th April 2020
– information continues to change rapidly
– previous updates can be found on our website:
http://angleseamedical.com.au/blog/

There has been some good news, with an observable reduction in the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases over the last week. This however, is far from saying things will be back to usual soon, and it is more important than ever that people adhere to the Government guidelines and health authority advice in the coming weeks.

There has been modelling that suggests the risk of resurgence of cases is increased if the current mitigation measures, including social and physical distancing strategies, are lifted too early. Now is not the time to be complacent.

The State Government has been clear in their direction around the Easter break – this is not a time to go on holidays. We are hopeful that people will take this seriously and not make a journey down to Anglesea or the Surf Coast this weekend. However, if you do see people around town who look like they are on holidays, please do not engage in arguments with them.

We must all remain kind, calm and courteous at all times. There may be entirely valid and important reasons for people that are not permanent residents to be in our community.

Our advice is to stay home and keep yourself and your family unit / housemates safe by avoiding everyone! Enjoy your time together and celebrate that we’ve got through the last few weeks.

Anglesea Medical will be closed for the Easter Weekend including Friday and Monday to give our hard working staff a chance to rest and recuperate. If you are unwell during this time you can call the On Call service on 1300 606 024 for advice. We will be back in action on Tuesday morning and back to our Saturday morning clinics the following weekend.

Finally, we’d also like to update you all on the latest change in the testing criteria for COVID-19, which still remains the same for the clinical picture with a fever or acute respiratory infection, but has expanded epidemiological criteria.

Of note is that anyone over the age of 65 who has a fever or symptoms meets the criteria for testing, and we are continuing to provide testing in Anglesea while our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and swab stocks remain available. You can utilise this self assessment tool if you are concerned you may meet the criteria for testing:
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-self-assessment

Clinical criteria:
Fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (for example night sweats, chills)
OR
Acute respiratory infection (for example, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).

Epidemiological criteria:
Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset of symptoms within 14 days of last contact
OR
Travellers from overseas with onset of symptoms within 14 days of return
OR
Cruise ship passengers or crew with onset of symptoms within 14 days of disembarkation
OR
Paid or unpaid workers in healthcare, residential care, and disability care settings
OR
People who have worked in public facing roles in the following settings within the last 14 days:

• Homelessness support
• Child protection
• The police force
• Firefighters who undertake emergency medical response
• Childcare and early childhood education
• Primary or secondary schools

OR
Any person aged 65 years or older
OR
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
OR
Patients admitted to hospital where no other cause is identified
OR
Any person in other high-risk settings, including:

• Aged care, disability and other residential care facilities
• Military operational settings
• Boarding schools
• Correctional facilities
• Detention centres
• Settings where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred, in consultation with the department.

All patients being tested for COVID-19 should be isolated (at home or in hospital) until test results are available. All patients should attend an emergency department if clinical deterioration occurs.