#parent | #kids | Coronavirus Australia live news: Altona Beach among locations added to Melbourne’s COVID-19 high-risk list

Altona Beach foreshore and pier are among several new locations in Melbourne’s list of coronavirus high-risk spots, with anyone who has visited them being urged to get tested if they have even the mildest of symptom.

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By Kelsie Iorio

Goodnight and happy Friday

 

Bushfires, Covid and floods so far for 2020. Does anyone else think that someone is trying to tell us humans something?! This year has been so awful & exhausting but I am so grateful to the ABC blog team and blog readers for keeping me connected & sort of sane!-2020 Not a fan

 

Vibe. But thank you for your kindness.

 

Off topic, but can I just send a huge thank you to all of the health teams who have been working non-stop all of this time. You have not been forgotten!

-Not a Deb

 

Always deserving of a shout-out.

 

Hi Kelsie, I just had my first sip for the evening. You’ve done such a great job, I think you should have a sly nip on the side. (Could make for an interesting conclusion to the blog?)

-Noodle

 

I’m off to have a sip of nice hot tea with a nip of milk, I don’t know what else you could possibly mean.

 

Thanks for joining me on the blog this afternoon friends. We’ll be back bright and early tomorrow to bring you more COVID news from around the country.

 

By Kelsie Iorio

What’s the go with recovering from COVID-19?

 

How is there such a range internationally for how many days you need to isolate after being exposed to covid-19, or for having covid-19? America is saying 10 days, Australia is 14, I think. Also, shouldn’t Trump need to return a negative covid test before he returns to work, however, his doctor said he would be right to start work on Saturday? (I rebelled against the Bluey GIF and have not yet gone to bed, but I think a cup of herbal tea and a book will be calling me soon…

-Lege Feliciter

 

This is a tricky one — even states and territories in Australia have ever so slightly different requirements for being classified as “recovered” for coronavirus.

 

As well as that, most Aussies who have tested positive actually won’t need to test negative to be cleared by authorities and therefore be able to leave isolation (you still can’t just leave though, you have to get the okay from your public health unit).

 

By Kelsie Iorio

Hello to one of the blog’s biggest fans

 

Please, Kelsie? Cute big dog GIF, for no reason, other than Friday night cheer up? Please?? 😢

-Natty

 

 Rolling into the weekend like: 

 

By Kelsie Iorio

Much-needed visits

 

Hi my 95 year old mother is in a nursing home in Carlton and they are now allowing visits. I have made my principal place of residence Flinders, which obviously is not within 5 km. Am I able to visit her?

-Missing mum

 

Hi there Missing mum, I miss my mum too.

 

Under the second step in Metro Melbourne, the rules say you can leave home to visit someone in an aged care facility, disability accommodation or other residential care facility — and the 5km limit does not apply to care and health care. 

 

You also make to make sure you comply with the Care facilities direction (contact the nursing home to find out exactly what they need you to do).

 

Of course, the nursing home has to allow visitors which in your case it looks like you’ll be fine, and if you feel sick AT ALL, don’t go.

 

Say hi to mum for us! 

By Kelsie Iorio

Will Donald Trump change his mind on the virtual debate thing?

 

Founding CEO of the Uni of Western Australia’s Perth USAsia Centre, Professor Gordon Flake, has been having a chat on the ABC’s evening news.

 

He says it’s more likely the US President will not do the next presidential debate altogether, rather than do it over Zoom, even though he’s tested positive for coronavirus.

 

“He thrives off of chaos and believes that by sheer of his own personality and force of will, he needs to be there in present to control the narrative, if you will,” Professor Flake says.

 

“So, as of right now, I think at least until we get clear evidence the President’s tested negative from the COVID virus, there will not be a next debate, at least not in person.

 

“Whether or not he reverses course and consents to do it via Zoom remotely, like the rest of us have had to do, remains to be seen.”

By Kelsie Iorio

Some interesting footy tip responses here

 

Raiders and Saints

-Rod56w

Raiders, St. Kilda and Biden.

-Fingers Crossed

Raiders – St Kilda, Hubby says 🙂

-J. at home 🙂 & Hubby

Raiders – Richmond

-Bev

Up the milk!

-BleedGreen

As an avid follower of football (the round ball variety) I’m a big fan of first past the post. So I’m tipping whoever finished higher: the tigers and the chooks

-Sports fan

 

For what it’s worth, I love an underdog so I’m backing the Raiders. Seeing as all the Queensland teams… well… yep.

By Kelsie Iorio

Just what you need on a Friday arvo

 

The online system for South Australia’s cross border travel form is reportedly up and running again, after an outage earlier this afternoon.

 
Travellers couldn’t access it for over an hour.

 
SA Police say they’re not sure what caused the outage.

 

By Kelsie Iorio

Victorian LGAs with active cases

 

WYNDHAM – 31 
BRIMBANK – 23 
MELTON – 14 
CASEY – 13 
MONASH – 12 
GREATER DANDENONG – 11 
HOBSONS BAY – 10 
MOONEE VALLEY – 10 
FRANKSTON – 9 
HUME – 9 
GLEN EIRA – 5 
MARIBYRNONG – 5 
MORELAND – 5 
PORT PHILLIP – 5 
BOROONDARA – 4 
MITCHELL – 4 
WHITEHORSE – 4 
WHITTLESEA – 4 
BAYSIDE – 2 
DAREBIN – 2 
MELBOURNE – 2 
YARRA – 2 
BANYULE – 1 
KINGSTON – 1 
KNOX – 1 
MANNINGHAM – 1 
MILDURA – 1 
MORNINGTON PENINSULA – 1 
STONNINGTON – 1 
UNKNOWN – 1 
YARRA RANGES – 1 

By Kelsie Iorio

Quick: who are your tips? 

 

Roosters/Raiders?

 

Richmond/St Kilda?

 

By Kelsie Iorio

More on those millions of masks

 

We heard earlier that the Victorian Government has ordered over a million reusable face masks.

 

Daniel Andrews has shared on social media that they’ll all be made by local ethical clothing manufacturers, and they’ll be provided free to frontline workers, community care services and people with complex health conditions across the state. 

 

The first batch is expected to arrive next week.

 

By Kelsie Iorio

A look at cases around the country

 

  • NT: 33 (0 active)
  • ACT: 113 (0 active)
  • TAS: 230 (0 active)
  • SA: 473 (4 active)
  • WA: 692 (13 active)
  • QLD: 1,160 (4 active)
  • NSW: 4,271 (52 active)
  • VIC: 20,257 (195 active)

By Kelsie Iorio

Lovers, we see you

 

Just a shout out to any Melburnians like me with an intimate partner who lives regionally (4 hours away) so you don’t see them often, and live alone. Obliged to choose seeing my partner rather than set up a bubble with a friend or family member, but it was actually a pretty hard decision!

-Long distance

 

 Let’s be real, long distance sucks at the best of times.

 

Even if you can’t be with your partners, take care of yourselves Melbournites — exercise, healthy food, plenty of water, lots of FaceTime calls, this will all be over eventually.

 

By Kelsie Iorio

More testing questions

 

I’m confused – the message is ‘if you have been to any of these high risk locations, get tested for even the mildest of symptoms’ But isn’t that the advice for every Victorian? Why can’t you get tested even without symptoms if you’ve been at one of those locations?

-Just test

 

Hey there , you’re right — the message for all Victorians is to absolutely get tested if they feel the slightest of symptoms.

 

High-risk locations are important because if you were there at the same time as a positive case, there’s more of a chance that you may have been exposed. If your locations do match up and you start to feel a tickle in your throat, that’s a pretty good indicator that you really, really shouldn’t ignore it.

By Kelsie Iorio

Daylight savings kids, it’s time for bed

 

Hi Kelsie, My little boy, Kai, loves your gifs on the blog. He is ready for bed but begging for a Bluey gif. It’s hard with the start of daylight savings to go to bed with the sun still out so if you could please, please, please? Mum needs some time to unwind tonight.

-Tired Mum

 

Hi Tired Mum and Kai! Hope you’re doing okay. One of my best friends is named Kai too, and he has a very precious blue heeler — so I take this request very seriously. But you have to go to bed after this!

 

I’m sure you’ve just done this:

 

 

So now it’s time to do this:

 

 

So you can do this:

 

 

Goodnight! 

By Kelsie Iorio

Testing testing 123

 

If I visited Chadstone between 23rd September and 1st October but I don’t seem to have symptoms, should I get tested?

-Confused

 

Good evening  — if you’ve been anywhere on the DHHS’s high-risk locations list, you should be on really high alert for any symptoms at all, and if you feel anything even a little tiny bit weird, get tested straight away and stay at home while you wait for your results.

 

If you’re not sure or just worried, give your doctor a call and tell them what your situation is. They should be able to talk you through things in more detail.

 

By Kelsie Iorio

Fridays are for early nights… right?

 

Hey Kelsie (and Alicia before you!), you both did an Amazing job with the news, answering questions, and adding in lots of GIFs to brighten our day. You are Queens and I gratefully acknowledge your Amazing GIFtedness! I imagine after a day in the newsroom, it’s hard to have a calm mind before going to sleep, any pro tips?

-Lege Feliciter

 

Hello kind friend, thanks for this lovely comment — please take this as the absolute opposite of a pro-tip, but my post-work wind-down routine usually involves a lavender face scrub, a large bowl of carbohydrates and scrolling an unnamed video app popular with the ‘kids these days’ for about three hours.

 

However I recommend a herbal tea and a few pages of a good book. Lavender is good too though.

 

Do as I say, not as I do. 

 

By Kelsie Iorio

Bubbles with friends

 

Hey Kelsie, have you heard any more about the trans tasman bubble? When NSWelshmen won’t have to complete the 2 week quarantine on arrival in NZ?

-Gif Queen

 

G’day Gif Queen, unfortunately the trans-Tasman bubble is only a one-way bubble right now — our NZ friends can come in, but we can’t go out.

 

Deputy PM Michael McCormack said last week that the discussions about when the bubble can become two-way are ongoing, but we haven’t heard much more since then.

 

NZ visitors can only come to NSW and the NT to start with — arrivals can come to Australia without having to go in to quarantine from midnight on October 16.

 

 

By Kelsie Iorio

One new case in South Australia

 

Are there any results from SA for today?

-SA Fan

 

Hey SA Fan, one new case has been recorded in your lovely state today.

 

The new case is a man in his 20s who recently returned from overseas — he’s been in a medi-hotel since he arrived, they believe it’s an older case and he’s not considered infectious.

 

Also, a woman in her 40s has also tested positive in SA after returning from overseas — because it was originally recorded internationally, it won’t be included in SA’s numbers. 

By Kelsie Iorio

Where to find Vic’s high-risk locations

 

Is there a specific resource where high risk locations in Victoria are being posted? I don’t tune into the live-blog everyday as an act of self-care, but I’d like to be kept in the loop on any risky areas 🙂

-Cautious

 

Hello Cautious, we have a bit of a blog glitch happening at the moment with some links so I’m going to write this out instead of hyperlinking it — the DHHS posts all their high-risk locations at dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks (please tech gods don’t get mad at me).

 

They also get posted on Twitter @VicGovDHHS (but I’d argue Twitter is way more stressful than this blog).

 

Hope that helps!!

By Kelsie Iorio

Just in case there wasn’t enough going on at the moment

 

Did you see that Coles is shut down across Victoria? Apparently our local Woolies has too. And that’s been my favourite destination for the last few months! Oh well, frozen spag bowl for dinner tonight. At least we still have Netflix!

-In Melb

 

Yep. Big ol’ grocery store tech outages. This isn’t necessarily COVID-related, but if you want more details on that we have a story here.

 


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