Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.
For the most up to date information on Coronavirus in Victoria, visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
How is Coronavirus spread?
What is close contact?
Close contact means greater than 15 minutes face-to-face or the sharing of a closed space for more than two hours with a confirmed case.
A close contact could include any person meeting any of the following criteria:
The most common coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported are:
Many people who contract coronavirus (COVID–19) will suffer only mild symptoms. Elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions may experience more severe symptoms.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.
UPDATE, March 25: As a directive from the Department of Health and Human Services, every fifth person that presents to Bendigo Health's Screening Clinic will be tested for COVID-19, even if they don't meet the current testing criteria. The aim is to get a broader understanding of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community and across Victoria.
This requirement is in additional to existing testing, the criteria for which is listed below.
Bendigo Health’s COVID-19 Screening Clinic is located on Stewart Street (in the old hospital Emergency Department). The Clinic is open daily from 10am-5.30pm.
If you suspect you may have coronavirus please can the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. COVID-19 testing resources are limited so to ensure we use resources available to those most in need, we will only test you if:
Additionally, people in the following categories will also be tested (as of March 26)
UPDATED, March 27: In keeping with new visitor and patient protocols, all staff will have there temperature tested before they begin work at Bendigo Health.
UPDATED, March 25: As a directive from the Deputy Chief Health Officer of Victoria, Bendigo Health will check the temperature of all hospital visitors.
Visitors will be asked a number of questions relating to travel and Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the information given will assist us in tracking those individuals if they are unwell following their visit.
Any person with a temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be allowed inside the hospital.
These measures to provide the highest level of safety for our patients, staff and families.
UPDATED, March 24: To protect our patients, staff and the wider community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to restrict non-essential visitors to the hospital.
Visitors may only be allowed on compassionate grounds which will be at the discretion of the nurse manager of the relevant unit.
The same restrictions are in place across our aged care facilities.
People attending outpatient services, including appointments, will only be allowed to be accompanied by a carer.
Bendigo Health is focussed on patients’ wellbeing and will be encouraging alternative means to communicate and stay in contact, this includes iPads and things such as Facetime.
We appreciate this will have a significant impact on members of the public but ask for your patience and understanding as we try to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Access to the hospital is via the Mercy Street entrance.
All non-emergency dental services have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Emergency dental care is still available to the general public. Please call 5454 7994.
The Department of Health and Human Services has an online map that provides daily updates on confirmed Coronavirus cases across Victoria.
To view the interactive map, click here and go to page 7.