COVID-19 update: Friday, 19 February 2021

Effective 19 February, 2021, we have updated our visitor restrictions.

Visitors permitted: TWO people from same household for up to ONE hour, ONCE per day. Visitors must be immediate family, next of kin or a carer. Those under 16 are included in this number.

The two visitors may attend together, for up to one hour, or separately for a total of one hour.

Our maternity patients can also have a support person for the duration of their stay, in addition to two visitors. Those under 16 are also included in this number.

The one-hour limit does not apply to essential caregivers or for special circumstances (palliative care and children who are patients).

Anyone with symptoms (e.g. sore throat, cough, fever), close contacts of COVID-19 cases and returned internal travellers are excluded from visiting.

We remind you to wear an Epworth-supplied mask inside our hospitals and practice physical distancing and hand hygiene.

COVID-19 update- Thursday, 4 February

If you visited any of these exposure sites from Saturday, 30 January to Monday, 1 February 2021, during the times indicated, you must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test and remain isolated for 14 days.

Covid-19- Permit zones

The Victorian government has 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

Wearing masks

  • Anyone entering our sites are asked to wear a mask upon arrival.
  • 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.

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

New online forms for collecting visitor information

Visitor contact information can now be collected via an online form.

Upon arrival, permitted visitors will scan a QR code or type a short URL into their browsers, using a mobile phone.

This will assist with contact tracing (if required) and also speed up entry. Paper-based visitor contact sheets will continue to be available.

Epworth will only disclose visitor personal information in line with our privacy policy, in this case, when required for contact tracing purposes.

All other visitors

  • General access is not permitted.
  • If you have an appointment, please go directly to the location.
  • You will be requested to wear a mask upon arrival
  • ALL contractors and suppliers must sign in before entering hospital.

Hand hygiene stations are placed throughout the hospital. Please clean your hands as you enter and leave.

You will not be permitted to enter our hospitals or sites:

If you have travelled in the past 14 days.

If you are experiencing:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • breathing difficulties or wheezing
  • headache and/or
  • any other signs of respiratory infection.

If you have any symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

For more information about COVID-19 and testing, see the: Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.