Media release: CHIRP Community Health and COVID-19

Date: 25th March 2020.

CHIRP Community Health is currently continuing to provide support services to the Mount Alexander community, but all group programs are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

“We are currently continuing to provide essential services but are providing these in different ways such as via telehealth where possible”, says CEO Di Couch, CEO of CHIRP Community Health.

Di Couch clarifies that “services continuing include Counselling and Psychology, Alcohol and Drug, Housing, Family Services, Diabetes Nurse Education, Community Health Nurse, Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist and specialist clinics. These services are operational in a way which ensures maximum safety for all involved. We suspended our exercise groups including walking groups, Tai Chi groups and strength training groups last week along with training courses such as First Aid and programs provided by volunteers such as L2P”

The cancellation of groups is in line with social distancing recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services, which is important in protecting elderly people and those with chronic diseases or pre-existing medical conditions. Stay 1.5 metres away from others to reduce your exposure to COVID-19. The Premier has today requested that people stay at home if they can unless they need to purchase essential items so we can reduce the spread of the virus.

We know that it will be important to continue to remain in contact with our clients as the situation evolves and we encourage people to get in contact with us if they need to. Please be assured that we are working collaboratively with Castlemaine Health, Mount Alexander Shire Council and local GP practices as usual to continue to provide essential services and coordinate our activities. We will advise on our website and social media as changes are made to services.

Also recommended are the following hygiene measures when you do need to go out:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Not sharing drinking bottles, crockery and cutlery.

If you believe you may have been affected by COVID-19, get medical help by calling your doctor (GP) or the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 and following their recommendations.

CHIRP Community Health can be contacted regarding general concerns relating to the COVID-19 situation such us financial difficulties, food shortages and loneliness. If you reside in the Mount Alexander Shire, call: 5479 1000.

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