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Case Definition (Victorian State Government)
As of 21 March 2020
People without symptoms should not be tested
Patients who meet at least one clinical AND at least one epidemiological criterion should be tested.
Acute respiratory infection (for example, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat)
Travelers from overseas with onset of symptoms within 14 days of return OR;
Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset of symptoms within 14 days of last contact OR;
Healthcare workers and residential aged care workers meeting clinical criteria OR;
Aged and residential care residents meeting clinical criteria OR;
Patients who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people meeting clinical criteria
The following patients should also be tested
Patients admitted to hospital with fever* AND acute respiratory tract infection
Only confirmed cases should be notified. A confirmed case is a person who tests positive to a validated SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or has the virus identified by electron microscopy or viral culture.
* >38 degrees, without another immediately apparent cause such as urinary tract infection or cellulitis
Attending Foster Medical Centre
Please call the clinic on 5682 2088 before arriving.
We will use the Case Definition above as a guide.
If you fulfill both clinical and epidemiological criteria above, refer to the COVID-19 hotline: 1800 675 398.
If you have trouble breathing, call 000.
For all others, make an appointment, stay in your car when you arrive, and call reception. A staff member will conduct a verbal assessment if appropriate.
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Updates from the Clinic
1 April 2020 (continued)
UPDATE ON FLU CLINIC
For those patients who have got appointments for Saturday April 4:
It has been decided to do the flu clinic as a drive through service at the Foster Secondary School in front of the Gymnasium.
1. Enter the bus loop by the Hoddle rd (Fish creek-Foster rd) entrance on Pioneer st.
2. Wear appropriate short sleeves for ease of access!
3. You will be given further instructions after the flu shot
4. And please. If you have an obvious fever and are unwell do not attend. Postpone. We will be doing further clinics. Seek medical help if required through the medical centre.
1 April 2020
Please have a read of our article in The Mirror here
31 March 2020
28 March 2020
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL HOLIDAY MAKERS FROM THE LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES
We are in the midst of a major health crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our local medical centres and hospitals are reorganising and preparing to provide the best possible service for our local communities, to attempt to keep them as safe as possible. We have an aging local population who are of course more at risk.
We will not be able to do this with a huge influx of holiday makers coming from the cities. We have limited capacity, at all levels, and we will reach capacity very early in this crisis.
Premier Daniel Andrews said “… our message to every…Victorian remains the same: Stay at home, protect our health system, save lives”.
PLEASE, if you are a holiday maker, seriously consider whether you should be here at this time. Our plea is for you to go home, stay safe and come back when the pandemic is over.
27 March 2020
BREAKING NEWS: FLU SHOT CLINIC
26 March 2020
A message from Manna Gum Community House
We are adapting our Emergency Relief service for home delivery to the Corner Inlet area, and are currently well stocked to provide for people who have been unable to purchase essential items from the stores.For IGA, pharmacy and petrol vouchers we have a limited supply and it would require the client to come and meet with me and register with our ER service. Our office is reducing its opening hours to Tuesday and Thursday 10am-3pm as of next week, however the phone messages will be checked daily and we encourage anyone to call before coming in for Emergency Relief due to the rapidly changing situation we are in.
Rebecca MatthewsManager, Manna Gum Community House33 Station Rd, FosterTel 5682 1101 Mob 0439 872 883PO Box 176, Foster VIC 3960
**Access the Manna Gum Care Emergency Relief Service Form here ***
COVID-19 in Victoria
Keep track of the COVID-19 cases in Victoria here
23 March 2020
Please read our recent posting in The Mirror: COVID-19 Mirror Article
22 March 2020
Please do not underestimate the effect of social distancing.
A message from Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton
21 March 2020
The Victorian State Government has updated the case definition of COVID-19. Have a look on the column to your left on this page. Continue social distancing and stay safe, everyone!