NHW seeks to ease community concern

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EASING UNDUE CONCERN: Rebecca Weir, NHW executive director of clinical services, addresses the community. The full video can be viewed on the Wangaratta Chronicle website, Northeast Health Wangaratta website and Facebook page.

NORTHEAST Health Wangaratta’s executive director of clinical services, Rebecca Weir, has sought to relieve local fears of community members contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the two confirmed positive cases within the Rural City of Wangaratta.

Ms Weir said there is minimal risk of currently contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from a positive case in Wangaratta.

“If you were at risk you would be aware of this as a team at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services take comprehensive details from the positive person about where they have been and people that they have been in contact with,” she said.

“All these people and places are contacted to advise of their potential exposure to COVID-19; if you have not been contacted then you are not at any known risk…this is called ‘contact tracing’.

“If you are out and about doing one of the four reasons to leave your home; food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education, practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands after touching any shared surfaces such as shopping trolleys, EFTPOS machines and door handles in public places.

“Physical distancing will save lives, so keep doing it.

“In the interests of patient confidentially and strict legislative requirements, details regarding the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not available. There is no need to know this information; if you are at risk you will be advised by the Department of Health and Human Services.”

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