VHA calls on all Victorians to help stop the spread of COVID-19

July 17, 2020

With a new record high of daily COVID-19 cases, and three more deaths overnight, the VHA is calling on all Victorians to adhere to ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions in order to reduce the impact on an already-stretched healthcare system.

The increasing number of cases over the past few days represents the significant impact of community transmission and signals a forthcoming increase in hospitalisations including intensive care beds, at a time when Victoria’s healthcare sector is facing pressures from multiple angles.

The VHA’s Chief Executive Tom Symondson has joined public officials and healthcare sector leaders including the Premier, Minister for Health and Chief Health Officer in calling on all Victorians to play their role as the first line of defence and reduce the burden on an already-stretched healthcare sector.

‘With more than 900 cases recorded over the past three days, the challenges facing our public hospitals and community healthcare organisations in Victoria are only set to rise, which is why all Victorians need to take their role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 seriously,’ Mr Symondson said.

‘The number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 is set to increase with these record high numbers of new cases, and this means more pressure on a system dealing with significant workforce issues including staff who have been furloughed due to close contact or infections.’

‘While 120 people in hospital may seem like a low number, this could change significantly if total cases continue to grow and is already impacting the vital services that our hospitals need to deliver to the community.’

‘The best way that people can support their local health services and health workers is by adhering to the restrictions.’

All Victorians are asked to play their role in helping stop the spread of COVID-19.

For full information visit the Victorian Government Coronavirus website.