26 June 2020

People planning to head to Mt Baw Baw over the ski season need to ensure that if they have mild flu-like symptoms, then get tested for COVID-19 well before they intend travelling and stay at home until they get their results.

Warragul Respiratory Clinic will be extending its hours over the 2020 ski season to accommodate the ski enthusiasts who might be planning a trip to the snow.

Clinic Manager, Mario Gupta, said Victoria was stepping up coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to help find and isolate cases quickly. He said the more information health officials had, the greater insight would be provided into how the virus might be spreading.

Mr Gupta said people should test well ahead of their planned trip and self isolate until they received their results. “It is so important to stay at home and avoid any contact with others until you find out the results of your test,” he said.

Victorian ski resorts, including Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, opened on 22 June. In response, the Warragul Respiratory Clinic will open on Saturdays throughout the ski season to ensure people planning to visit Mt Baw Baw can get tested well ahead of any planned trips and keep the community safe.

The clinic is currently opening weekdays from 9am-5pm. These operating hours will be extended to Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

Mr Gupta said the spike in cases since restrictions had eased made it more important than ever to get tested. “Victoria is stepping up coronavirus (COVID-19) testing to help find and isolate cases quickly,” he said.

“If you have a fever, chills or sweats, a cough or sore throat, shortness of breath, a runny nose or you have lost your sense of smell or taste – get tested. Getting tested means you keep yourself, your friends, family, workplace and your community safe. It also means you can continue doing the things you enjoy.

“While ski resorts have strict protocols in place for visitors, you can help them by getting tested well before you go.”

Gippsland Primary Health Network, Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, thanked people who had tested at the six regional Respiratory Clinics.

 “We all must remain vigilant and follow government advice to help prevent this virus from re-emerging in our communities,” Ms Proposch said. “The testing for coronavirus is one of the most important tools we have in this fight.

“We all have an important part to play and I am urging anyone with symptoms to come forward to be tested.”

The Warragul Respiratory Clinic is located at 197-199 Sutton Street. Book online at https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/warragul-VIC-3820/warragul-respiratory-clinic/doctors

Details of other Gippsland Respiratory Clinics can be found at https://www.gphn.org.au/covid-19/ with general information about other testing sites at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19

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