Residents asked to follow advice

The Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging its community members to follow health advice and continue to support each other to help contain the impact of coronavirus.

As of Monday morning the shire had six confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and mayor Christine Henderson said everyone has an important role to play in helping stop community transmission.

“The advice from health authorities on what we can do to reduce the spread and prevent COVID-19 infection is clear,” she said.

“It is up to each and every one of us to make these measures part of our daily habits. Maintain good hygiene, use the cough etiquette and follow the social distancing rules.

“We are at the point now where we need to stay at home, unless you have to go out for essential things like food, work or health reasons. This is not just about doing the right thing. This is about taking action now that will save lives and reduce the pressure on our health system.”

Ms Henderson said it’s been encouraging to see how the community has responded to the crisis.

“We’ve already seen many people reach out to their neighbours, join online community groups and use phone trees to connect, check in and support each other,” she said.

“This will become even more important as we move to tighter restrictions over the next few months.”

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 head to www.dhhs.vic. or call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

To stay up-to-date on council’s services visit www.mountalexander.

For more on this story see Page 6 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, April 7

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