Northern metropolitan community outbreak coronavirus (COVID-19) alert
The Victorian Government advises residents and business owners of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne’s northern metropolitan suburbs.
Residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs including Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg who are experiencing symptoms are urged to be tested for coronavirus.
A text message was sent alerting people who live in or were visiting these suburbs and surrounding areas to get tested if they are experiencing symptoms.
Additional cases linked to this outbreak have also been identified in a social housing block in Broadmeadows. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued advisory notices to 120 residents asking them to self-isolate for 48 hours, to get tested and to monitor for symptoms.
A close contact has also been identified at Dallas Brooks Primary School. As a precautionary measure the school has been closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing is underway.
An extensive community health door knocking program is underway to alert residents in identified areas about potential exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide information about testing sites, and how to access supports such as financial assistance.
Pop up testing sites are being organised, with more details of locations to come.
Rapid response testing at home is available for those who may not be able to attend a testing site.
Read Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for northern metropolitan Melbourne for more information.
- If you are feeling unwell do not go to work.
- Check your symptoms – you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) if you have any of the following: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
- Get tested at a nearby testing location. View the full list of testing locations.
Support is available to help eligible workers stay home, with information on a $450 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment and the $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment available on the Department of Health and Human Services website
Continue to check the Department of Health and Human services website for further information, in the event other locations are added to high-risk or casual contact lists.
Resources in 57 languages including fact sheets and posters is available here.
Your business must have a COVIDSafe Plan
Every Victorian business must have a COVIDSafe Plan.
To ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Your COVIDSafe Plan must demonstrate:
- your actions to help prevent the introduction of coronavirus (COVID-19) to your workplace
- the type of face mask or personal protective equipment (PPE) required for your workforce
- how you will prepare for, and respond to, someone suspected of having, or confirmed to have coronavirus (COVID-19) in your workplace
- how you will meet all the requirements set out by the Victorian Government. Some high-risk industries or workplaces have additional requirements of employers and employees.
Businesses must review and update their COVIDSafe Plans regularly, especially when restrictions or public health advice changes.
Organisations with multiple worksites must complete a COVIDSafe Plan for each worksite.
For further information on COVIDSafe Plans, including downloadable templates, visit: COVIDSafe Plan
Support is available to businesses and individuals in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For information about grants to help businesses plan and respond, visit: Business grants and support
Details about the $450 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment and the $1500 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Worker Support Payment are available on the Department of Health and Human Services website
We understand you may have questions, so we have compiled resources to assist you.
- COVIDSafe Plan information and resources
- COVID Support for Businesses
- Preventing infection in the workplace
- Keep your workplace safe
- Surveillance testing for high risk industries – Regional
- Communicating with your staff
- Mental health support during coronavirus (COVID-19)
You can also contact the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15 if you would like to speak with someone.
The Business Victoria team