News & Media

20 March 2020

Update on the Latrobe Community Health Service COVID-19 response

As a community health service, we are committed to helping all members of our community, particularly those who are most vulnerable. We want to provide you with an update on how we are responding to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Virus

As a community health service, we are committed to helping all members of our community, particularly those who are most vulnerable. We want to provide you with an update on how we are responding to COVID-19.

Some of our services have been cancelled, so if you or a family member use any of our services, please read the full post.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

First of all, let’s reconfirm the symptoms of COVID-19. They can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with COVID-19 may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398. They will provide you with further instructions

Do not attend a GP clinic without calling and making an appointment first.

When you make an appointment, you must let us know if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. We can help you, but only if we know when you are coming.

GROUP-BASED ACTIVITIES CANCELLED

We have cancelled group-based and community outreach activities until further notice.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Activities for carers
  • Planned Activity Group sessions
  • Exercise groups
  • Chronic disease support groups

If you attend any of our group-based or community outreach activities, your usual point of contact will be in touch soon to let you know it has been cancelled. If you’re unsure whether this impacts you, please give us a call.

All one-on-one appointments, including doctor’s appointments, dental appointments, and allied health appointments will continue as usual.

LASTLY…

Our last message to you is that we will continue to show our clients warmth, care and compassion. You are the centre of our daily work, and the COVID-19 virus does not change that.