While we are yet to have a positive COVID-19 result in Benalla, the concern and response is here.
The good side is that people are practicing good flu hygiene – washing their hands, covering a cough, staying home if they feel unwell.
Not so great is that our supermarket shelves are bare and on that front, we ask you not to stock pile. Buy only what you need
While these are unusual times, the Council is prepared. We’ve activated our Influenza Pandemic Plan and Business Continuity Plan.
Essential services including waste collection, meals on wheels, home help and maternal child health will continue.
Non-essential services that bring large groups of people into close contact – like workshops and programming at the Benalla Library and Benalla Art Gallery, have been suspended. Some major events have also been postponed.
As a Council, we are concerned with the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, service providers and contractors, event operators, business owners and of course, the general public.
What we can all do is look after our own health and safety and consider that of our community. Continue to practice good flu hygiene and remember that the best place to get accurate, up-to-date information is the Department of Health and Human Services.
Cr Danny Claridge