COVID-19 update- QLD outbreak – Friday, 15 January 2021

Those who arrived in Victoria from Greater Brisbane since 30 December 2020, should have already been tested and received their results. As a precaution, any of our patients who arrived in Victoria from Greater Brisbane between 30 December to 10 January, who have not been tested, will be advised to undergo testing before they come into hospital.

The Victorian government has also introduced a permit system for anyone re-entering Victoria. Epworth patients and visitors will need to adhere to the ruling of the zone from where they have travelled. The requirements fall under three zones:

  • Red zone: those who have travelled to a designated red zone are not permitted to enter Victoria without an exemption, permitted worker permit or exception.
  • Orange zone: anyone who has been in an orange zone must self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Patients must receive a negative result prior to admission.
  • Green zone: no requirements, other than monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately, if symptoms appear.

The map showing Australia’s different zones can be found here

As a precaution, anyone who has visited a red zone or high risk exposure site in Australia, should get tested and receive a negative result before entering our hospitals.

For the latest case locations and outbreaks, please visit the DHHS website

Visitor information

All visitors who are required to self-isolate as per the DHHS requirements, including close contacts, international and interstate visitors; are not to visit Epworth facilities until the period of isolation/quarantine is over.

Visitors who have visited current listed public exposure sites, see full list here: case locations and outbreaks or have a family member or visitor living with them who has visited above listed areas or is otherwise required to self-isolate should not visit Epworth until the period of self-isolation is over.

Visitor restrictions; permitted visitors restricted to TWO visitors per patient for up to ONE hour per day (exemptions apply - see below).

People in the following categories will not be bound by the one-hour time limit, however the limit of two visitors must still be adhered to:

  • A parent or guardian or temporary carer of a patient in the hospital who is under 18 years.
  • A carer of a patient with a disability.
  • A partner or support person of a pregnant patient.
  • A support person for a patient coming into the emergency department of a hospital.
  • A support person for someone attending an outpatient appointment.
  • A person who is providing support to a patient receiving palliative or end-of-life care in hospital.

Visiting times are as follows:

  • Epworth Richmond: 10am-7pm
  • Epworth Freemasons: 10am-7pm
  • Epworth Freemasons Maternity: 10am-1pm or 4pm-7pm
  • Epworth Geelong: 10am-7pm
  • Epworth Geelong Maternity: 10am – 1pm or 4pm – 7pm
  • Epworth Eastern Kew: No visitors
  • Epworth Eastern: 10am-8pm

Visitors to rehabilitation and mental health patients:

  • Epworth Brighton: 3-7pm, Weekends and public holidays – 10am-7pm
  • Epworth Camberwell: 3-7pm, Weekends and public holidays – 10am-7pm
  • Epworth Hawthorn: 3-7pm, Weekends and public holidays – 10am-7pm
  • Epworth Richmond: 3-7pm, Weekends and public holidays – 10am-7pm

For everyone's safety, visitors to our sites are required to have their temperature checked upon entry, wear a hospital-supplied mask and complete an attestation declaring they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 update - Northern Beaches region outbreak - Monday 21 December

Please note that all visitors to our hospitals will be asked if they, or anyone they live with, has been in Sydney since 11 December 2020. In line with advice issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, we are not able to permit entry to anyone who has been to any of the places listed on the NSW Health COVID-19 case location list -

Thank you for keeping our patients and employees safe.  Reminder: anyone with symptoms should be tested immediately. 

Wearing masks

  • Anyone entering our sites in Melbourne and Geelong will need to wear a mask upon arrival and register their attendance.
  • Patients who are already in our hospitals will wear masks, based on clinical circumstances.
  • Patients and visitors must change into a hospital provided mask when entering the hospital.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe, regularly wash your hands, keep at least 1.5 metres from other people, and stay home if you feel unwell.

See our guide to putting on and removing a surgical mask - How to wear your surgical mask (PDF, 2MB)

Reduce your risk of coronavirus with masks (PDF, 98KB)

If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing or any other signs of respiratory infection, however mild, seek advice and get tested.

Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions (PDF, 608KB)

For more information about COVID-19 go to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.