Yarrawonga Health's statement in response to border closure
Monday, 6 July 2020
The COVID-19 emergency situation continues to escalate in Victoria which has brought a new set of challenges to communities, particularly those in the cross-border areas, like Yarrawonga Mulwala. As of midnight Tuesday, controls at NSW will be stepped up at the Border with entry to and from NSW controlled by the Military or NSW Police
What this means for our community and Yarrawonga Health:
The Premier has made assurances together with their respective counterparts that the special situation of the many cross-border health workers in the state, and those patients and clients seeking medical care and attention will be fully considered by the authorities during this exceptional period we are experiencing.
At this time Yarrawonga Health believes that there will be a facility or permit process for people who live on those border communities to be able to travel to and from for the purposes or work and the purposes of any essential health services they might need.
Cross border community members are believed to be persons who are ordinarily a resident at or near, a Victorian/New South Wales border and who, in the ordinary course of their occupation, education or daily life, or require medical attention and have reasonable cause to travel across that border.
In the meantime, Yarrawonga Health reassures the community that there will not be any workforce pressures on the health service due to the border closures and can confirm that all services will remain operational.
Yarrawonga Health reinforces to the community, that staying apart keeps us together. YH appeals to the community to continue to practice social distancing, avoid crowds and use strong hand hygiene practices and if you are unwell, and experiencing any symptoms, stay home and arrange testing by ringing Yarrawonga Health on 03 57 438 132.