COVID-19 Information for Indigo Shire Residents

1. Restrictions easing from 11.59pm Friday 22 April

As the peak of the Omicron wave begins to subside, and with almost 70 per cent of adults now armed with their third dose, the Victorian Government has announced that most COVID-19 restrictions will be removed from 11:59pm, Friday 22 April 2022.

The Minister for Health’s changes to pandemic orders will include:

VACCINATION AND CHECK IN

  • Patrons will no longer be required to have two doses or show their vaccination status before entering any venue.
  • The requirement for staff and patrons of venues to check-in using the Service Victoria app will end, with operators not required to keep any attendance records or maintain a COVID-19 Check-in Marshal.
  • The existing two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for workers are retained.

FACE MASKS

  • Face masks will no longer be required in hospitality and retail settings, or at events of any size.
  • Face masks will still be required on public transport and at airports – excluding airport workers who aren’t public facing – and in sensitive health, aged care and justice settings.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended when you can’t physically distance.

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

  • Close contacts will no longer have to quarantine – provided they wear a face mask indoors and avoid sensitive settings. They will also need to undertake at least five negative rapid tests over the seven days that would previously have been the self-quarantine period.
  • People are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks if they’ve had COVID-19 – up from 8 weeks.
  • The essential requirement to isolate for seven days following a COVID-19 diagnosis is retained.

WORKPLACE CONTACTS

  • Individuals will be required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to informing their social contacts.
  • Workplaces won’t have to individually identify and notify each potentially exposed worker.
  • It is recommended to work from home if you're a close contact exempt from quarantine.

EVENTS

  • Events with more than 30,000 people will no longer require public health pre-approval.

    INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS

  • International travellers who are symptom-free will be recommended but not required to get a PCR or rapid test on arrival, and unvaccinated travellers will no longer complete 7 days’ quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated air crew will also be lifted.

    COVIDSAFE PLAN

  • All workplaces will still require a COVIDSafe Plan.

Victoria continues to monitor epidemiological conditions and work with other jurisdictions and to ensure COVID settings are aligned. See more information at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

2. Positive local cases

Albury Wodonga Health is no longer providing daily case number reports.

Indigo Shire Council does not receive any information on the location of positive cases.

To find out the latest positive case numbers in Indigo Shire, go to the Victorian Government's coronavirus website.

3. Testing locations

WODONGA

  • Smythe St Clinic (corner of Smythe and Stanley Streets), Wodonga -  Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 3pm. Walk-in.
  • Lakeside Clinic (Lemke Rd, Gateway Island) Wodonga - seven days a week from 7.30am to 3pm. Drive-through*.

To save you time at the testing clinic, you can register for a COVID-19 test online. To register, simply complete the online form at:  https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill  present your unique registration code when you arrive at the testing site.

Do not visit Albury or Wodonga Emergency Department for testing

For other COVID-19 testing clinics, please go to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/ or the Albury Wodonga Health website has information and resources for local residents.

4. Proof of vaccination

Anyone visiting any of the following Indigo Shire Council owned and operated facilities must produce acceptable evidence that records you are either fully vaccinated or an excepted person.

  • Council Chamber (including the public gallery at Council meetings)
  • Council offices and meeting rooms
  • Customer Service Centres
  • Libraries
  • Beechworth Historic Precinct including Burke Museum
  • Maternal Child Health centres

The quickest and easiest way to show proof of vaccination is by adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app that you use to scan QR codes when entering a venue. Here's how to get your digital certificate - https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/get-your-covid-19-vaccine-certificate 

Vaccination Locations

You can book your vaccine appointment:

5. Current COVIDSafe settings

Face masks are required in all indoor settings for people over the age of eight.

6. Preparing to isolate

The Victorian Government has put together a checklist for anyone who returns a positive test and also some practical tips for isolating at home.

  • Prepare yourself and others by making alternative arrangements for people or pets that rely on you for care.
  • Talk to family, friends, and neighbours in advance about how you can support each other if one household must isolate
  • Make sure you have a few days' supply of essential foods and items such as painkillers, prescription medicines and nappies
  • Plan how you would get supplies once in isolation by understanding online supermarket shopping or finding someone who can help you with this.

For more practical tips visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/managing covid 19 home

If you test positive for COVID19 or a contact of someone who has, this COVID Checklist provides all the steps you need to know.

7. Business support & recovery resources

If you're a local business seeking financial or other support, we recommend getting in touch with our business support team:

T: 02 6028 1157

E: recovery@indigoshire.vic.gov.au

You can also find a range of initiatives and programs offered by Indigo Shire to support business on our business pages

The Victorian Government also has a dedicated web page that includes information and resources for business impacted by COVID-19 - https://business.vic.gov.au/business-information/covid-19-business-information 

 

8. Support for our most vulnerable residents

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  • What can Council do to support you

    Indigo Shire Council has established a Pandemic Coordination Team to work with organisations and community groups to support our most vulnerable residents during these unprecedented times.

    The team is here to help, we can:

    1. Support you to access existing Council programs
    2. Connect you to the right services in the community
    3. Advocate for your needs locally and regionally 

     

    To speak to someone in the team, please call 1300 365 003.

     If you have any feedback for us, please email info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au 

    Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI)

    The Victorian Government has established the COVID-19 community activation and social isolation initiative (CASI) to help people maintain important connections with family, friends and community and to build new social connections and networks of support in their local communities.

    COVID-19 is disrupting regular social interactions and networks. The CASI initiative will benefit anyone in the community who needs practical, emotional or social support, particularly those who have minimal social connections and informal supports.

    Our Team has developed Staying Connected packs for members of the community who need some additional support during this time. If you, or someone you know may benefit from a support pack, please contact us on 1300 365 003. 

    Community Support

    Quercus Beechworth 

    Quercus Beechworth offer a range of services for the community.

    Food Program and Community Support

    The Quercus Community Food program provides healthy and nutritious meals free of charge to members of the community in times of need. 

    Quercus Community Support is a confidential and non-judgmental service that can provide financial assistance with utilities, fuel, emergency accommodation, pharmaceuticals and school costs.

    Meals and other support can be accessed by calling 0408 860 231 (Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-4pm).

    To see more about what support Quercus Beechworth can offer, visit their website.  

    Yackandandah Community Centre

     The Yackandandah Community Centre is working closely with other leading organisations in their town to come up with ways to support residents during this time. 

    They are asking for your help. Visit the YCC website to register to volunteer, contribute your ideas or for more information. 

    They have also compiled a list of businesses who are supporting the community, the list can be found here 

    Red Cross - COVID Connect

    Red Cross can provide you with a daily telephone call to check on your wellbeing through a service known as Telecross. Telecross is for people who live alone and are at risk of an accident or illness that may go unnoticed.

    To participate in Telecross call Red Cross on on 1300 885 698. More information can be found on their website.  

    Support Services and Resources

    The Beyond Blue website also features a range of helpful resources.

    Domestic Violence Support

    Women are at increased risk of family violence before, during and after an emergency, such as a pandemic.  Feeling stressed and angry is no excuse for family violence or sexual assault.The following supports are available for all Indigo residents.

    DIAL 000 IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER.

    • 1800 RESPECT -1800 737 732 (24hr)
    • Centre Against Violence - 03 5722 2203 - Family violence crisis accommodation & support services for women & children. Also provides sexual assault services for women, men, young people and children.
    • Gateway Health - 02 6022 8888 - Family violence outreach, counselling, support and referral.
    • Child FIRST - 1800 705 211 Information, advice and referral to support children, young people and families.

    Subscribe to our Weekly Update

    The Indigo Shire Council weekly update, YOUR INDIGO, is the best place to receive the latest information from Council

    You can sign up here to receive this via email each Friday. 

    Staying Connected

    Help your community group, family or club stay connected by following this handy tip sheet.

    Tips for Staying Connected

    Phone Tree Template

    Indigo Calling

    Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting service run through Beechworth Health, Indigo North Health and the Yackandandah Community Centre. This is a great program and especially important to stay connected and receive regular updates during these challenging times. For information on how to sign up to the program, please visit the Indigo Calling page on our website.

    Supermarkets and Pharmacies

    Pharmacies

    Beechworth

    (03) 57 281 094
    Free delivery Monday to Friday to any home in the 3747 area. Please phone through your orders with as much notice as possible. You can either pay by card over the phone or discuss other payment options.

    Yackandandah

    (02) 6027 1211 or 0421 400 111 or email
    Yackandandah Pharmacy will take orders via phone, fax email or text for any prescription medications or over the counter medications and deliver them directly to you Monday to Friday.
    This is a free service for anyone who is unwell or is worried that their existing health issues may worsen by being exposed to infection in a public space.

    Chiltern

    (03) 5726 1972
    Free delivery to Chiltern and Barnawartha for those in need - call the store to discuss 

    Rutherglen

    (02) 6032 8613
    Monday to Friday home delivery service. Call the pharmacy and order your scripts/ shop items that you need with free delivery available.Accepts credit card payment over the phone. You can also leave your script at the pharmacy to make it easier for next time.

    Tangambalanga

    (02) 6073 0605
    Home delivery service Monday to Saturday. Call the store to arrange. 

     

    Supermarkets

    Beechworth IGA

    (03) 57 281 055
    Home deliveries Monday to Friday. Cut off time is 2pm. Will deliver after 4pm. Email order to beechworth_manager@ritchies.com.au (preferable) or call store

    Yackandandah Foodworks

     (02) 6027 1230
    Home delivery available from Monday 6 April with deliveries on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    Chiltern IGA

    (03) 5726 1471
    Can arrange home delivery if required, call the store to discuss your needs. 

    Rutherglen IGA

    (02) 6032 9232
    Offering home delivering in Rutherglen - call through with your list and they will arrange the rest.