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Stawell Regional Health calls for calm as COVID-19 cases found

Stawell Regional Health have explained how local cases get reported.

Spokesperson Kate Pryde said it was important that residents were vaccinated.

The township of Stawell currently has active cases of COVID-19, and not all cases are linked.
As we move toward living with COVID-19 in our communities, we will see an increase in cases. This is why it is so important for everyone aged 12+ to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
In many situations, new local cases will not be announced publicly, and some new exposure sites will not be listed. This is because the risk of transmission to the community has been managed by the tremendous work of the contact tracing teams, and those people directly affected. Contact tracers are often able to identify all close contacts of a positive case.
The purpose of exposure site listings is to alert the community when they may have been exposed to the virus.

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If an exposure site requires action by the community, it will be listed on the Stawell Regional Health Facebook page and the Victorian exposure site listings.
Stawell Regional Health, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Victoria Police and Ballarat Health Services’ Grampians Public Health Unit are working together to respond to local cases as they occur, and to support anyone with COVID-19.
We encourage all in our community to remain vigilant to symptoms, and to continue COVIDsafe practices when out in the community, including checking in with QR codes.
Using QR codes greatly assists our contact tracing team when investigating cases, allowing them to get on top of cases quicker, and slow the spread of the virus sooner.
Anyone who has been to an exposure site at the dates and times identified should come forward for testing, and anyone with even the mildest of symptoms – regardless of where they have been – should also get tested.
Checking exposure sites, getting tested and getting vaccinated is our key to protecting our community.
If you have any questions about you or a family member visiting an exposure site, use this form on the Department of Health website – it is quick and easy to determine what you will need to do, based on where you have been:

Finally, we ask the community to care for each other during this time. We are a small community, and we need to be mindful that those with COVID-19 need support to understand what is required of them, and to recover safely. Any one of us could be in their position, as this virus is not selective – it is highly contagious.
There are people in our community who will be experiencing anxiety and distress.
If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, please reach out to your GP, or call HeadtoHelp on 1800 595 212.

HeadtoHelp services have been scaling-up around Victoria to support Victorians' mental health and wellbeing, and they support Victorians of all ages. If your mental health is suffering because of the pandemic, call HeadtoHelp now on 1800 595 212.
Additionally, for 24-hour assistance phone Grampians Area Mental Health Service on 1300 247 647.
In an emergency please contact 000.