COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Latest Information

July 24, 2020

Learn more about Northern Health’s response and preparedness to COVID-19
Last updated: 1.30 am Friday 24 July 2020

Visiting Northern Health

Due to an escalating number of coronavirus infections in our local community, Northern Health is severely limiting visitors to our sites. Visitors are only permitted when required for care giving and for compassionate reasons or when visiting our Birthing Suite, Maternity Unit and Children’s Ward. Only a partner or a support person is allowed in the Maternity Ward for two hours between 4 pm and 8 pm.

For more details, please click here.

These restrictions are in place to protect our patients and staff. Thank you for your understanding.

Northern Hospital Fever Clinic

Northern Health has established a Fever Clinic to screen for potential COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases at Northern Hospital Epping.
This clinic is open seven days a week from 8.30 am– 8.30 pm and is located next to the DPV Health. When approaching, please follow the signage towards the clinic.
We encourage you to consult your GP or contact the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 if you have any further questions.

Click here for current case definition.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians are considered a high risk for COVID-19 due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease than non-Aboriginal people. This means that it is important for Aboriginal people that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to get tested early and, if you do have COVID-19, ensure you can access treatment quickly. See details on our Fever Clinic above. Click here for a fact sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Ways to reduce your risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline on 137 848.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot.

Latest information

As the situation is changing rapidly, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest updates, including advice on symptoms and precautions.
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website to find out more. 

Translated COVID-19 resources can be accessed below:
Department of Health and Human Services website.
Health Translations website.

You can learn more about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), including advice on symptoms and precautions, on the Better Health Channel website.
Visit the Better Health Channel website to find out more.

Read the latest travel alerts on the Smartraveller website.
Visit the Smartraveller website to find out more. 

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.
Please only call Triple Zero (000) for emergencies.