COVID-19 Full Update

As usual your Committee is diligent and proactive towards our Members’ health and wellbeing. There is a rise in cases of Covid reported in Victoria, so the Protocols at the bottom of this page have been put in place.

The AGM will also be subject to the following Protocols:
The room will not have any face-to-face tabled seating.
There will be as much ventilation as we can muster depending on weather eg opening doors to outside for 10 mins every hour etc.  Having the split systems on full bore just circulates current air in room.  We need fresh air in.
Complimentary face masks will be provided for those that want them, not mandatory but encouraged.

COVID-19 Chief Health Officer Update

Date issued: 11 April 2023
Issued by: Office of the Chief Health Officer

There were 5,772 COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria last week, an increase of 11% on the previous week. The average daily number of new cases last week was 825, up from 746 the previous week.

Last week, the seven-day rolling average of patients with COVID in Victorian hospitals was 189 and in intensive care was 9. There were 204 COVID patients in Victorian hospitals, 10 COVID patients in intensive care, 4 cleared cases in ICU and 3 COVID patients on a ventilator. In the past three months, 2,205 COVID patients were hospitalised in Victoria.

Of Victorians aged 65+, 23% have recorded a vaccination or COVID diagnosis in the past 6 months. Of Victorians aged 50-64, 15% have recorded a vaccination or COVID diagnosis in the past 6 months.

COVID-19 epidemiological summary

Victoria continued to see an increase in COVID cases this week, recording an 11% increase.
This increase in transmission is being driven by the combination of waning immunity and the growth in recent weeks of multiple Omicron recombinant sublineages, particularly XBB.1.5, XBB.1.9.1 and XBB.1.16.

Steps to protect yourself and others

With increasing cases and hospitalisations, now is an important time to take steps to help reduce transmission and the impact on the health system. Now is the perfect time to get your 2023 booster vaccine if you’re eligible.
Protecting yourself from getting infected is the best way to protect yourself and the community. If you don’t get COVID, you can’t spread COVID.

These 6 steps can help you stay ahead of COVID:

  1. Wear a mask: a high-quality and well-fitted mask can protect you and others from the virus
  2. Get your 2023 booster: new bivalent vaccines targeting Omicron variants are available at your GP or local pharmacy. To find out if you’re eligible for your next booster, visit the Coronavirus website
  3. Let fresh air in: open windows and doors when you can, it reduces the spread of the virus
  4. Get tested: if you have symptoms, take a rapid antigen test
  5. Stay at home: if you have COVID, you should stay at home for at least five days and until you have no symptoms
  6. Talk to your doctor: if you are at risk of falling very sick, you may be eligible for COVID medicines