Yesterday we announced a new COVID-19 Call-to-Test service for Victoria, providing in-home COVID-19 testing to Victorians who are otherwise unable to go and get tested.
All kinder in Victoria will be free for Term 3, and children will be supported to learn from home thanks to a relief package to support early childhood services through the pandemic from the Victorian Government.
Victoria’s mental health system will receive nearly $60 million in an additional boost to get more Victorians support when they need it – now and after the pandemic is over and its effects are still being felt – as we continue to work together to fight this deadly virus.
Public hospitals in regional Victoria will begin winding back all non-urgent surgery on the eve of restrictions coming into force across the state, as we step up protections against the coronavirus pandemic.
People working in permitted industries will maintain access to kinder and childcare for their kids under Stage 4 restrictions beginning at 11:59pm tonight, regardless of whether they are working onsite or from home.
More Victoria Police and Australian Defence Force personnel will be out in force ensuring Victorians are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer (CHO), as the next stage of restrictions is supported by stronger enforcement and increased penalties for those who repeatedly breach the directions.
The Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Gerard Mansour, has been appointed as an advisor to the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.
Yesterday, we asked Victorians to make some big sacrifices. Big, real and meaningful sacrifices. Today, sadly, we need to ask the same of Victorian businesses and Victorian workers.
The Victorian Government is backing cutting-edge medical research projects to better understand, prevent and treat coronavirus. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced the seven beneficiaries of the Government’s $5.5 million COVID-19 Research Fund, which will support continued jobs growth in a sector that already employs tens of thousands of Victorians.
From the outset of this second surge, our aim has been to protect regional communities. By putting a ring around the city, we want to protect the entirety of our state. For the most part, it’s worked. But as we know, this virus doesn’t discriminate, and its only goal is to spread.
I know how much Victorians want to go back to some semblance of normal – or at least “COVID normal”. They want to be able to get a beer with their mates. To drop round and see mum. And they definitely want an end to these daily updates and their grim new milestones.
It's extremely disappointing to hear there are Victorians getting calls from people who claim to be from the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services requesting people's credit card details for a COVID-19 testing kit.
Today is not a good day. And as the numbers show, this virus does not discriminate.
Nurse Practitioners play an important role in Victoria’s health system – they are uniquely positioned to help ensure Victorians get the care they need, when they need it and close to home.
The Victorian Government has sought assistance from the ADF of more than 1400 members to support our state-led operations in both enforcing the border around Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and other critical tasks in the response to the global pandemic.
Throughout this pandemic we’ve always relied on the advice of medical experts and we won’t change that now. That is why we’ve had to make the tough decision to introduce further visitation restrictions to healthcare and aged care settings.
Schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be one of the first priority areas to receive reusable face masks in coming weeks as remote learning returns.
The Australian and Victorian Governments, in collaboration with representatives from the aged care sector, are today announcing additional measures to ensure aged care providers are equipped to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and can continue providing quality care.