COVID-19 Information for Indigo Shire Residents

1. Positive local case

We are aware that any news of a positive COVID case in Indigo Shire causes stress and anxiety.

Unfortunately, we can only provide information on this website that has been provided to us by the health authorities.

We were advised on Sunday 17 October of one new case in Indigo Shire. This case became positive after contact with an infectious person from Albury.

Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) advises that this new case is isolating in line with Public Health orders and contact tracing is continuing. Any Tier 1 exposure sites identified as a result of contact tracing will be made available on health authority websites. Please keep yourself up to date with the latest list of exposure sites at:

Victoria: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/case-alerts-public-exposure-sites

NSW: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

A reminder that Australia’s COVID-19 response management is led by each State Health Department.  Locally this means that if a COVID case is detected in Victoria, the Victorian Department of Health and AWH manage the COVID-19 contact tracing process and exposure sites, and if a COVID case is detected in NSW, NSW Health and MLHD manage the COVID-19 contact tracing process and exposure sites.

Testing

Anyone identified as a close contact of any case, or anyone who is a household contact of someone with COVID-19, will be contacted directly by the contact tracing team or given advice from health authorities around their situation. People in these categories can leave home to be tested, but must not leave their car and must drive straight to and from the nearest testing facility.

Testing locations

WODONGA
  • 79 Vermont St, Wodonga (drive-through clinic) - open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4pm 
  • Smythe St Clinic  - Open from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Closed from 12pm to 12.30pm. 

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/ 

2. Vaccination Locations

The Australian Federal Government is responsible for the rollout and phasing of the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can book your vaccine appointment:

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3. Current restrictions for Regional Victoria

Restrictions for Regional Victoria will further ease from 11.59pm on Thursday 21 October.

Face masks must still be worn at all times, both indoors and outdoors. 

You can read a statement from the Premier here and find a summary of Victoria's roadmap, which details the changes to current restrictions below:

For all further information please go to the DHHS website.

 

4. Border restrictions

Residents of the cross-border area no longer require a permit to enter Victoria, provided:

  • you have not been in an extreme risk zone or red zone outside of the cross-border area at any time since it came into effect over the last 14 days
    • or, if you have been to an orange zone outside of the cross-border area at any time since it came into effect over the last 14 days, you have had a COVID-19 test and returned a negative result since leaving the orange zone
  • you haven’t been to a current Extreme Risk zone inside the cross-border area (note: there are currently no Extreme Risk Zones inside the cross-border area)
  • you have not been to an exposure site
  • you don’t have COVID-19 or have any symptoms, and you are not a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case
  • you carry proof of address (such as a driver licence).

For further information about conditions on entering or re-entering Victoria, visit Information for cross border communities

 

5. Resources and key contacts

Resources 

The Australian Government Coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel are also a good way to stay informed. Search “Coronavirus Australia” in the Apple App Store and on Google Play or visit www.australia.gov.au. If you have WhatsApp, message +61 400 253 787 or go to aus.gov.au/whatsapp

More frequently asked questions and fact sheets about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

6. Support for our most vulnerable residents

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 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(PDF, 992KB)

Phone Tree Template(DOCX, 36KB)

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.