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Mayor's Message - 17 March

Mayor's Message - 17 March

Tuesday 17 March 2020
Cr Brett Tessari

There is understandably some unrest within the community about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impacts it could have on our community. Unfortunately, the panic buying of items like toilet paper is creating even more unrest. If you don’t need it, it’s best to leave it on the shelf for the people who really do need it, or don’t have the means to buy in bulk.

I appreciate the community’s concerns and encourage everyone to follow the advice from the State and Commonwealth Government Departments and Chief Medical Officers.

It is an evolving situation and while it can be difficult to remain calm, I urge everyone to try. The best thing to do is to keep up to date with information from the Department of Health and Human Services (, or contact the DHHS Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

If you are concerned, you can be tested for COVID-19 at Wonthaggi Hospital (5671 3333) or Phillip Island Health Hub (5951 2101). Please call ahead to let them know you are attending.

There are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of COVID-19:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or a 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.
  • Stay at home if you develop a fever, cough or runny nose and if you need to seek medical treatment, call ahead to the GP clinic or health service.
  • Shaking hands is optional!