COVID-19: information for funded agencies

6 March 2020
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On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

COVID-19 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

What resources are available to help agencies prepare?

Preparing for emergencies: A reference guide for organisations in the Health and Community Services Sectors is a resource for agencies to plan for and effectively respond to external emergencies, including pandemic outbreaks.

Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of Influenza Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia provides useful information to assist public health authorities, residential care services and carers by providing best practice information for the prevention and management of influenza outbreaks in residential care facilities.

More information and resources

The department has established a dedicated COVID-19 for the Victorian public site which contains a substantial amount of information including resources such as:

If you are concerned, call the Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 (24 hours).