Public Health Unit Bendigo

Public Health Unit Bendigo

The Public Health Unit Bendigo (phuB) was established on August 3 and is responsible for the contact tracing and clinical monitoring of COVID-19 persons in the Loddon Mallee region.

Public Health Advice

December 18: The Public Health Unit Bendigo encourages all people who were in the Northern Beaches region or other NSW exposure sites from December 11 onwards to get tested for COVID-19.

Anyone who was in the Northern Beaches region or other NSW exposure sites on or since Friday 11 December 2020 and arrives in Victoria after midnight Thursday 17 December 2020, must get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the Northern Beaches.

Anyone who was in the Northern Beaches region or other NSW exposure sites on or since Friday 11 December 2020 and is already in Victoria should get tested and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the Northern Beaches.

More information on exposure sites is available on the DHHS website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/health-advice-nsw-travellers-arriving-in-victoria-18-december-2020

The Loddon Mallee Rapid Response Testing Team is at Bendigo Airport today screening arrivals from Sydney.

COVID-19 symptoms include; fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough and a runny nose.

Bendigo Health has a walk-in and drive-through clinics on Stewart Street (in the old hospital Emergency Department). Both clinics operate seven days a week from 10am-5.30pm.

 More information: https://www.bendigohealth.org.au/page/3441

What is the Public Health Unit?

The Public Health Unit Bendigo (phuB) is a team of administrators and clinicians from Bendigo Health who investigate and trace COVID-19 outbreaks in the Loddon Mallee region, with the aim of containing them quickly to protect the community.

The phuB comprises of a contact tracing arm and a clinical monitoring arm.

The contact tracing team is currently made up of 12 clinicians and the clinical monitoring arm has access to a wide group of clinical consultants at Bendigo Health.

Why was it set up?

The state government in July committed to establishing regional contact tracing teams in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus in regional Victoria.

The phuB was established to provide local contact tracing and monitoring for the region. 

Prior to the phuB becoming operational, contact tracing was previously conducted by the state government's public health unit. 

How does it work?

The phuB works in conjunction with the Bendigo Health's COVID-19 Screening Clinics.

Once a positive test is returned,  contact tracers interview the person to establish where the person has been while infectious and who the person may have been in contact with.

The contact tracers then call the established 'close contacts' of the positive person, business and organisations linked to the case to inform them what to do next.

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