Get information about Victoria's coronavirus restrictions directly from the Victorian Government's coronavirus website coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:
- respiratory symptoms
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
Other symptoms can include runny nose, acute blocked nose (congestion), headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.
To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should avoid contact with others and get tested.
Everyone’s first option should be to use a rapid antigen test. If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, you are legally required to report your result to the Department of Health by filling in the form online or calling the Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398.
Benalla Health has a COVID-19 Fever Clinic set up for people to receive the test. It's important to call ahead on 5761 4284 to make an appointment or go to Benalla Health Covid-19 for more information.
If you are not in Benalla, you can find out about other places to get tested go to coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice and get tested.
To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.
If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice on 1800 020 080. The Helpline can provide general information about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines or help with the COVIDSafe app.
If you need assistance with booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please note the call centre is unable to book appointments on your behalf. Instead, find out about where to get vaccinated at coronavirus.vic.gov.au
If it is a medical emergency, please call 000.
If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call 000 for emergency services or 1300 783 347 for mental health triage.
If you feel you, or someone you know, needs support, there are a number of agencies that can help.
Go to benallaservices.com.au/get-help-now
Ivan Lister, Rural Outreach Worker, provides a link between the farm gate and support services. Ivan works on Mondays and Tuesdays. COVID-19 restrictions mean that Ivan is available only by phone. Contact Ivan if you are concerned about yourself, your family or a friend's wellbeing.
Ivan Lister - Rural Outreach Worker - 0474 501 406
Mental health and suicide prevention - Connect Benalla
Connect Benalla is a mental health and suicide prevention resource put together with support from Murray PHN and the Victorian State Government.
For general information or support from Beyond Blue, visit their webpage 'Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak'
Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety
The Australian Psychological Society has developed 'Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety'(PDF, 100KB)
Information about how to book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment is available at coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Information about grants and support to help workers and workplaces respond to COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/business-grants-and-support
Rely only on trustworthy sources of information during the COVID-19 crisis. There is a lot of misinformation circulating and this is a dangerous time for inaccurate advice. Here are some sources you can rely on for health information.