Browsing: COVID-19

BUSINESSES are pitching in to help Victorians cope with the stresses and strains of dealing with restrictions imposed in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While regional Victoria is feeling the benefits of restrictions being eased, the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne remain under stage four restrictions. Charlie Ryan, of Red Hill, who started design agency Five Creative with James Baker in 2009, said they launched their V for Victoria campaign in the hope of “spreading a unifying message of love, hope and solidarity across the country”. The stylised hand forming a peace sign has been reproduced on posters…

RESIDENTS and staff at the Village Glen Aged Care Residences, Mornington are this week expecting to be tested for COVID-19. If the Department of Health and Human Services does arrive, it will be for the “fourth or fifth time” since five deaths and 37 positive cases were recorded at the home in August. Chief operating officer Peter Nilsson said on Saturday (12 September) that while five residents had died “with COVID-19”, the home had been virus-free for 23 days. He said DHHS had been told that it was wrong to keep saying there were still active cases. He expected DHHS…

THINGS seem a little lighter this week, with the reopening of children’s playgrounds, exercise times being extended to two hours and a later curfew (9pm-5am). On the Mornington Peninsula active cases of COVID-19 have dropped from 18 on Monday 7 September to four on Sunday 13 September. In Frankston, the drop has not been so dramatic, falling from 20 to 13 over seven days. Frankston Hospital was on Sunday reporting six active cases from a total 90 positive cases among staff and patients. Mornington Peninsula Shire has issued a reminder to parents that maternal and child health and immunisation services…

Active cases of coronavirus on the Mornington Peninsula have dropped to just 10 cases. The dramatic slide has active cases on the peninsula at their lowest levels since 21 July. Just one week ago, there were 37 active cases on the Mornington Peninsula, and two weeks ago there were 52 active cases on the Mornington Peninsula. The low numbers will add weight to calls for the Mornington Peninsula to be excluded from the current metropolitan Stage Four lockdown. Local lobby group, Committee for the Mornington Peninsula, expressed “dismay” at Sunday’s announcement by the Premier that the peninsula would continue to…

WASTEWATER being used on the Mornington Peninsula and pumped in-to the sea at the south-eastern outfall, near Gunnamatta is being checked and treated for the coronavirus. The Eastern Treatment Plant at Bangholme is one of the sampling sites established across Victoria as part of the ColoSSoS (Collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2) research project. The Department of Health and Human Services says New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey and other countries also test wastewater as part of their coronavirus surveillance. There are 25 sampling sites across state including the sewage treatment plant in Craigie Road, Mount Martha. The DHHS says…

MORNINGTON police were surprised and caught off guard last week by a protester who used a thin bike lock to chain herself to a pillar outside their Main Street headquarters. The Mornington woman, who arrived about 10am, Thursday 3 September, said she was protesting in support of a Ballarat woman charged with incitement after allegedly taking to social media to organise an anti-lockdown rally. The mother-to-be was handcuffed in her home, which saw police accused of being “heavy handed”. Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson described it as a “disproportionate” response. Undeterred, an exasperated Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said police were sick…

IN what seems an unlikely scenario, birds, particularly seabirds, have become collateral victims to the coronavirus pandemic. Untold numbers of disposable but not biodegradable face masks are entering the environment, adding to the already overwhelming pollution of beaches and waterways. And people heading to the beach for exercise or just quiet contemplation, are offering birds tidbits and snacks that are not part of their normal diets. Processed foods, such as bread and mincemeat should not be on the menu. The birds may be killed out of kindness. Disposing of the masks, which can take years to break down, has become…

FACE masks have now become a part of daily life. Wearing them outside the house is compulsory and may stay that way even when the stage four coronavirus restrictions are lifted or eased. Disposing of the masks, which can take years to break down, has become a massive world wide problem. Not only are discarded masks potential spreaders of the coronavirus (research shows that under certain conditions viruses can survive up to seven days on plastic masks), but they are also a danger to wildlife. Masks can smother the environment and are ingested by animals which sometimes cannot distinguish between…

THE number of  Frankston Hospital staff members sent into self-isolation has climbed to 618 after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the hospital. As of Saturday (29 August) the Department of Health and Human Services said there were 68 active cases linked to the hospital. The outbreak has led to the temporary closure of the hospital’s acute medical surgical and surgical short stay units and the 5GN ward. On Tuesday (25 August) DHHS said there had been 37 cases (21 residents and 16 staff) linked to Village Glen Aged Care Residences, Mornington. The DHHS is also investigating cases linked to…

SURFERS have been cleared for take-off on Mornington Peninsula beaches by the Department of Health and Human Services and Parks Victoria. However, they still may face a wipeout if they are caught by police outside a five kilometre radius of their homes. Confusion last week saw police on the peninsula saying they would book surfers as surfing was a recreation and not exercise. Under COVID-19 restrictions you are allowed to drive within a five kilometre radius of your house to exercise, but within days of the police interpretation of what constitutes, exercise both Parks Victoria and the DHHS confirmed surfing…

Confirmed cases and active cases on the Mornington Peninsula as at 27/8/20 Listed in order of most confirmed cases to least confirmed cases. Mornington (Postcode 3931) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 51 – Active Cases (current): 30 Mount Martha (Postcode 3934) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 27 – Active Cases (current): 9 Somerville (Postcode 3912) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 11 – Active Cases (current): 6 Mount Eliza (Postcode 3930) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 11 – Active Cases (current): 0 Rosebud, Boneo, Cape Schanck, Fingal (Postcode 3939) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 10 – Active Cases (current): 2 Flinders (Postcode 3929) – Confirmed…

CAMPING grounds on Mornington Peninsula foreshores will not open until at least 19 December because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to cancel the scheduled 23 October opening followed the introduction by the state government of stage four restrictions. Mornington Peninsula Shire says a decision on when to start to 2020-21 camping will be made later in the year. “While we are disappointed the camping season has to be postponed, it is a necessary step to protect our community and do our part to flatten the curve of this pandemic,” a news release from the shire stated. First published in…

POSITIVE COVID-19 tests for 51 staff at Frankston Hospital has led to another 446 staff being forced to self-isolate at home. Early last week, Peninsula Health CEO Felicity Topp confirmed that 51 staff members had tested positive to COVID-19. Peninsula Health, which runs Frankston and Rosebud hospitals said investigations were underway into the source of the cases. No cases have been detected among staff at Peninsula Health’s rehabilitation centre and a palliative care unit in Golf Links Road, Frankston “Of the 51 staff cases, 40 are nursing staff, with four doctors having tested positive at this point, along with five…

PENINSULA Health had a good response to its mobile Covid-19 testing clinics at Bonbeach and Mt Eliza last week. About 50-75 people were tested each day over the week with more at other clinics, including at Frankston Hospital screening clinic at 12 Hastings Road and the drive through clinic at Frankston Basketball Stadium, 90 Bardia Avenue, open 8.30am-4pm. Another Covid-19 walk-in screening clinic opened at the Hastings Scout Hall on Sunday 23 August. It is open 8.30am-3.30pm until Wednesday (26 August 26) and is accessible via 15 Thornhill Street. If you have any symptoms, it is important you self-isolate and…

Mornington Peninsula Total cases: 155 – Active cases: 60 – New cases today: 3 Total cases on the Mornington Peninsula hit 155. Mornington the current hot-spot with a total of 39 cases and 27 active cases. Key facts from today’s Victorian COVID-19 update: Victoria has recorded 240 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 17,683. The overall total has increased by 237 due to 3 cases being reclassified largely due to duplication. Within Victoria, 101 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 139 are under investigation. There have been 13 new deaths from COVID-19 reported…

The Mornington Peninsula has had 34 new cases of coronavirus in the last week. The peninsula has had a total of 155 cases, and 60 are still active, an increase in active cases of 17 over the week. The City of Frankston had an increase of 39 cases in the last week bringing the total cases to 194. City of Frankston’s active cases have stayed stable since a week ago at 77. The City of Casey has had an increase of 125 cases in the last week bringing their total to 822 cases with 228 still active. The City of…

Confirmed cases and active cases on the Mornington Peninsula as at 20/8/20 Listed in order of most confirmed cases to least confirmed cases. Mornington (Postcode 3931) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 39 – Active Cases (current): 27 Mount Martha (Postcode 3934) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 21 – Active Cases (current): 7 Somerville (Postcode 3912) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 15 – Active Cases (current): 7 Rosebud, Boneo, Cape Schanck, Fingal (Postcode 3939) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 11 – Active Cases (current): 5 Mount Eliza (Postcode 3930) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 10 – Active Cases (current): 1 Flinders (Postcode 3929) – Confirmed…

Mornington Peninsula Total cases: 121 – Active cases: 43 – New cases today: 7 Seven new cases on the peninsula in the last 24 hours. Total cases on the Mornington Peninsula hit 121. Mornington the current hot-spot with a total of 24 cases and 13 active cases. Key facts from today’s Victorian COVID-19 update: Victoria has recorded 278 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 15,863. The overall total has increased by 217 due to 61 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication. Within Victoria, 64 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and…

The Mornington Peninsula has had seven new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The peninsula has had a total of 121 cases, and 43 are still active. The City of Frankston had an increase of six cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 151. City of Frankston’s active cases have risen by six cases to 77. The City of Casey has had an increase of 12 cases in the last 24 hours bringing their total to 697 cases with 354 still active. The City of Kingston has had one new case in the last…

Confirmed cases and active cases on the Mornington Peninsula as at 13/8/20 Listed in order of most confirmed cases to least confirmed cases. Mornington (Postcode 3931) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 24 – Active Cases (current): 13 Mount Martha (Postcode 3934) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 16 – Active Cases (current): 5 Mount Eliza (Postcode 3930) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 11 – Active Cases (current): 3 Somerville (Postcode 3912) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 10 – Active Cases (current): 5 Flinders (Postcode 3929) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 7 – Active Cases (current): 0 Sorrento (Postcode 3943) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 7 -…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn has called for calm following last week’s declaration of a state of emergency and the introduction of stage four restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. “As we navigate the next six weeks let’s do our best to be patient, resilient and calm. This situation is unfamiliar to all of us,” Cr Hearn said. “We are in this together and if we all do the right thing we will be on the other side of this sooner.” Changes to the daily lives of Victorians include: An 8pm-5am curfew (the only reasons to leave…

WITH an expected drop in demand due to the stage four coronavirus restrictions, Searoad Ferries has suspended weekend ferry services between Sorrento and Queenscliff until at least 19 September. The ferry will continue its two-hourly Monday-Friday service. The cut back follows changes brought in with the stage three restrictions last month (“All clear for essential ferry” The News 13/7/20). “This is obviously an historic and significant step to suspend the service for the first time in 33 years,” Searoad CEO Matt McDonald said. “However, we must respond to the unprecedented circumstances which we find ourselves in, with stage four lockdown…

The Mornington Peninsula has had three new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The peninsula has had a total of 103 cases, and 28 are still active. That is an increase of three active cases in the last 24 hours. The City of Frankston had an increase of two cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 126. City of Frankston’s active cases have risen by two cases to 66. The City of Casey has had an increase of 32 cases in the last 24 hours bringing their total to 596 cases with 343 still…

“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” The French existentialist author Albert Camus wrote this in his 1947 book The Plague. How prophetic for our experiences 73 years later. This has been a difficult week for many of us. It has been a difficult week for our families, our friends, and especially our business community. Stage Four Restrictions are here. Many people have had their lives put on hold and feel they face an uncertain future. Businesses have been…

Mornington Peninsula Total cases: 100 – Active cases: 25 – New cases today: 3 Three new cases on the peninsula in the last 24 hours. Total cases on the Mornington Peninsula hit 100. Postcode data released by DHHS shows where cases have been, and currently are, on the peninsula. Most cases on the peninsula is Mornington with 14 cases in total. Most active cases on the peninsula is Somerville with six active cases as of today. Key facts from today’s Victorian COVID-19 update: Victoria has recorded 471 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 13,469. The overall total…

The Mornington Peninsula has had three new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The peninsula has had a total of 100 cases, and 25 are still active. That is an increase of two active cases in the last 24 hours. In the last month, the peninsula has seen its total coronavirus cases rise from 63 to 100, and its active cases from zero to 25. The City of Frankston had an increase of eight cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 124. City of Frankston’s active cases have risen by seven cases to 64.…

Confirmed cases and active cases on the Mornington Peninsula as at 6/8/20 Listed in order of most confirmed cases to least confirmed cases. Mornington (Postcode 3931) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 14 – Active Cases (current): 4 Mount Martha (Postcode 3934) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 13 – Active Cases (current): 3 Somerville (Postcode 3912) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 11 – Active Cases (current): 6 Mount Eliza (Postcode 3930) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 9 – Active Cases (current): 1 Flinders (Postcode 3929) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 7 – Active Cases (current): 0 Sorrento (Postcode 3943) – Confirmed Cases (ever): 7 -…

Mornington Peninsula Total cases: 97 – Active cases: 23 – New cases today: 6 Six new cases on the peninsula in the last 24 hours as total cases on the Mornington Peninsula edges towards 100. Key facts from today’s Victorian COVID-19 update: Victoria has recorded 725 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 13,035. The overall total has increased by 700, due to 25 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication. Within Victoria, 164 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 561 are under investigation. There have been 15…

The Mornington Peninsula has had six new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The peninsula has had a total of 97 cases, and 23 are still active. The City of Frankston had an increase of four cases in the last 24 hours bringing the total cases to 116. City of Frankston’s active cases have risen to 57. The City of Casey has had an increase of 25 cases in the last 24 hours bringing their total to 564 cases with 326 still active. The City of Kingston has had five new cases in the last 24 hours bringing…

Mornington Peninsula Total cases: 90 – Active cases: 18 – New cases today: 1 One new case on the peninsula in the last 24 hours. Businesses face shutdown due to Stage Four restrictions. Key facts from today’s Victorian COVID-19 update: Victoria has recorded 429 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 11,937. The overall total has increased by 380, due to 49 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication. Within Victoria, 36 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 393 are under investigation. There have been 13 new deaths from COVID-19…