IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM ODH
- Changes have been made to visiting ODH Hospital and Lewington House
- ODH is no longer accessible without first being screened for symptoms, travel and personal contact history.
- Keeping a record of people coming and going through the hospital helps us reduce the risk of transmission by allowing prompt contact tracing and helps us protect patients and the community.
All visitors are required to wear a mask when visiting ODH, at all times.
ODH continues to implement all directions from the DHHS as required.
COVID-19 Hotline is available 24 hours of the day 7 days of the week: 1800 020 080
If you are coming to Omeo District Health to see a health professional, you will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors before being allowed to enter. Please follow the directions at the main hospital entrance and medical centre entrance. The access code for community members has been disabled during the pandemic to allow for screening of all visitors and patients to ODH.
All hospital and Lewington House visitors:
Please use the green call button located outside the main hospital entrance for access. You will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors before being allowed to enter and you will be required to sign in and out. Please follow directions from ODH staff. Please DO NOT visit if you:
- feel unwell, or have cold or flu symptoms; such as fever or chills, breathing difficulties, breathlessness, cough, sore throat, fatigue or tiredness, runny nose or loss of sense of smell or taste?
- have returned from overseas in the last 14 days; or
- have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person in the last 14 days
- have you tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results or have not yet met the criteria for discharge from isolation?
COVID-19: THE BASICS
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Like influenza or the common cold it is spread by coming in contact with secretions that contain the virus of someone who is infected.
Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Viruses can survive on hard surfaces for hours to days, so touching a contaminated surface and then your face, eyes, and or lips is one of the ways viruses spread. Or it might be sharing the space with an infected person who is coughing and sneezing. The droplets that are expelled when we cough or sneeze can travel through the air, be breathed in by others, and settle on surrounding surfaces.
This is why there is such an importance placed on good hand hygiene, washing hands regularly and/or using alcohol based hand rub after touching surfaces that might be contaminated with virus. Also maintaining physical distancing which, reduces the likelihood of coming in to contact with the virus and limiting the contact with people suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.
PLAY YOUR PART IN REDUCING THE SPREAD
We appreciate the anxiety and concern that COVID-19 is causing in this community. It is our community, too. Every individual has a big role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands regularly. If you need to cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow. If you are ill, get tested and stay at home.
To have a COVID test please contact the Omeo Medical Centre 5159 0140.
The website below has up to date information for public and health professionals about COVID-19
There are strict guidelines regarding testing. Please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 for general advice or Omeo Medical Centre on 5159 0140 for information on ODH testing services.
For more information:
For information about Omeo District Health services, please call 5159 0100.
For general information about COVID-19, call the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hotline on 1800 020 080 or
visit the Department of Health & Human Services Website – www.dhhs.vic.gov.au
Please keep in mind that this is a constantly changing situation that is likely to affect all of us for some time. We are a strong, compassionate and resilient community and together we will all get through this latest challenge.
Omeo District Health
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Omeo District Health