Social distancing restrictions have been hard for all of us, but as they ease we do not want to undo all of our hard work.

From midnight last night, restrictions around some activities have been relaxed in Victoria in recognition of the current low rate
of community transmission of this virus.

But let’s look at what’s important. As of 17 May 2020, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria increased by 7 since the previous day. There are currently 117 active cases in Victoria. 11 people are in hospital, including 7 people in intensive care. 18 people have sadly passed away.

While the statistics compared to a month ago are promising, it also shows that COVID-19 is still out there and there are undoubtedly more cases undetected.

It is very concerning that people are not heeding the advice of health professionals and government departments to be tested. Even with the mildest symptoms testing should still be performed.

Symptoms include:
 Fever, chills or sweats
 Fatigue
 Cough
 Sore throat
 Shortness of breath
 Stuffy or runny nose
 Loss of sense of smell
 Headache
 Muscle soreness
 Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is encouraged you have a COVID-19 test. Testing generally takes less than a minute. The
timeframe from triage to leaving is approximately 3 minutes.

COVID-19 can present like any kind of respiratory illness or cold. This is why testing is so important to keep you, your family and our community safe. If possible it should be done before visiting your GP.

General Practices are doing their best to ensure patients who potentially may be infectious are isolated from other patients. Providing that everyone with symptoms heeds this advice, general practices are safe. Possibly safer than going to your local supermarket or hardware store.

The Warragul Respiratory Clinic has been set up for patients with symptoms or suspected COVID-19 to be examined and tested
away from General Practice waiting rooms.

Diagnosing coronavirus early, even when symptoms are mild, helps us quickly stop and control the spread of the virus.

Our community adherence to restrictions has been remarkable. Now is not the time for complacency.