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Lockdown “tough” but locals encouraged to keep doing the right thing

TODAY marks the fourth day of a five-day snap lockdown and Western District Health Service (WDHS) chief executive, Rohan Fitzgerald praised the hard work of locals who had heeded health advice.

“The snap lockdown is tough for all Victorians,” he said.

“For many it will create anxiety and fear, and we need to recognise that this as a natural human response to significant change and uncertainty.

“Even though we are once again being asked to face up to some big challenges, focusing on what is in our control helps us to manage.

“We need to take time to enjoy the things that matter most - spending time listening to music, in the garden, or with those we live with.

“We have shown in times of hardship that we are compassionate and caring and want to keep each other safe.”

Mr Fitzgerald said although this outbreak had been a “significant bump on the road”, it was important to understand what it took to control the virus.

“Every one of us must follow the guidelines, keep an ear out for updates and stay home,” he said.

“It is critical that we check the exposure sites listed each day on the DHHS website and Facebook page.

“If you have visited an exposure site, you must immediately isolate, get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

“WDHS and health services across the state have shown their capacity to change and support local communities.

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