In the last 10 days, Mansfield Shire Council has revised its pandemic plan for the known aspects of Coronavirus or Covid19 and been in contact with the hospital, aged care, businesses and other groups vulnerable to the potential impact of the virus.
Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said while the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the lead agency during a pandemic, Council has enacted its pandemic plan and has a role to ensure residents and ratepayers know where they can access the information they need to minimise the impact locally.
“As Coronavirus or Covid19 has been declared an international pandemic, we all need to keep up to date with, and follow, the DHHS advice, which may change quickly. The best place to do this is https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus ,” Cr Attley said.
“Council’s role in a pandemic is business continuity, so that we can continue to provide local essential services, public health and community support and recovery.”
Cr Attley said Council has identified the critical services and functions needed in case of widespread impacts on Council staff and put plans in place to ensure Council can continue to provide these essential services. The Pandemic Co-ordinator had already liaised with businesses and institutions about food safety and infection control and reached out to vulnerable community groups.
“This morning we met with businesses to understand their needs and ensure that food and essential supplies can continue to be provided if significant numbers of people need to self-isolate,” Cr Attley said.
“We have already been in touch with many other organisations. Today we have also set up a dedicated page on our website so that people can reference both DHHS advice and information about local developments.
“We will share regular updates across all available communication channels; our website, social media, local media and by direct email or phone contact for specific high risk or highly impacted groups. I really implore all people to regularly check for updates and take the advice provided so that we can have the best chance of minimising the impact locally and in our region.
“We each have a role to play in minimising the risk of infection. DHHS recommends 10 things you can do to reduce the risk of getting Coronavirus; the most widely discussed is proper handwashing.
If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.