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Community transmission is here
Let’s work together to stop the spread. Bass Coast Health strongly encourages everyone in the community to stop the spread. You can achieve this through getting your third dose of vaccine (booster), hand hygiene, keeping your distance and wearing a mask if you cannot, and staying home if unwell and get tested when you notice symptoms.
If you feel unwell with any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should in the first instance have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
For a PCR test, please see your GP respiratory clinic for a test or your GP for a referral to a private provider for a test.
Free Rapid Antigen Tests are available at Bass Coast Shire Council's Customer Service Centres at Wonthaggi, Grantville and Cowes, and Visitor Information Centres at Newhaven and Inverloch.
42 Murray Street, Wonthaggi. PCR testing is available between 1pm – 3:15pm on week days and booked via Hot Docs on their website (https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/wonthaggi-VIC-3995/wonthaggi-medical-group/doctor)
Symptoms of COVID include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, and loss of sense of smell or taste.
The Community Vaccination Clinic at Wonthaggi Town Hall is no longer operating.
Bass Coast Health encourages you to continue to get vaccinated, especially if you have not had a third booster.
The Gippsland Region Public Health Unit will continue to ensure the community has access to COVID vaccinations. It will continue to manage state-run community vaccination hubs with support from health services across the region. Mobile COVID vaccination bus, Chitty Chitty Jab Jab, will also provide outreach vaccination opportunities throughout the Gippsland region. Watch the Facebook pages of Bass Coast Health and the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit for dates, times and locations.
COVID vaccinations are also available at GP clinics, six Gippsland Respiratory Clinics and participating pharmacies.
COVID treatment at home
Bass Coast Health are other health services are assisting people with COVID-19 to recover in their homes where possible, via the COVID-19 Positive Pathways South Gippsland Coast Partnership.
Patients receive tailored treatment plans as part of the Hospital In The Home - COVID Home Monitoring Program. The service entails medical, nursing and allied health clinical services - as required - delivered via telehealth using remote monitoring technology. For a small number of patients the clinical staff may need to do a home visit.
This treatment approach ensures patients remain comfortable in their homes if their health allows, while minimising the need to present to hospital. Patients whose health does not allow them to be treated at home will be conveyed by ambulance to a COVID streaming hospital.
Patients that live in the Bass Coast or South Gippsland Local Government Areas can be referred to the COVID Home Monitoring Program by the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit, by a GP or by another hospital.
Bass Coast Health is part of the South Gippsland Coast Partnership which also includes Gippsland Southern Health Service, South Gippsland Hospital and Kooweerup Regional Health Service.
Thank you from Bass Coast Health
In 2020 we asked you to stay at home and follow the COVID policies (see the video below). Our community response to COVID made a difference and protected our community.