COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE  

Video message from Adam Furphy Managing Director – 27th August 2021

UPDATE 10:00 am Monday 23rd  August 2021

For employees of the Furphy Group –  J. Furphy & Sons, including Furphy Engineering and Furphy Galvanizing, Geelong Galvanizing and Albury Galvanizing

Staff isolating at home in Shepparton:

  • There are a number of staff (approximately 30) who are isolating at home as a result of a number of schools being identified as Tier 1 and Tier 2 sites in Shepparton – mainly schools).
  • If you are one of these staff members can you please ensure that you have notified your supervisor to assist with our workforce planning
  • There are payments available through Centrelink for those who are forced to isolate.  These require an application which we will send out links to in due course.
  • This pay week (Wed 18 – Tuesday 24) will be paid in full as normal for all staff however so that there is no need for those isolating to deal with the Centrelink forms for this pay week.  For staff affected there will be 2 days of Other Leave applied such that the full week payment can be made.  This will not affect your sick leave allowance.
  • Arrangements for next week will be determined later this week.  One way or another you will be paid if you are isolating.

Our sites remain open:

  • As per previous lockdowns, our sites are allowed to continue to stay open and work.
  • If you are NOT directed to stay home and isolate as a result of a visit to an exposure site, or because you have tested positive then you are able to come to work as normal – albeit with a permit form from Tuesday onwards (see below).
  • There will be impacts on our deliveries (particularly in Shepparton) and the teams at Engineering and Galvanizing are working through the new work schedule to assess these and update customers.

Permits required from Tuesday onwards:

  • Permits will be available for staff today.  Permits will need to be carried by staff travelling to and from work in case they need to be shown to authorities.

Information:

As with all of these lockdown events, there is lots of media attention and many sources of information.  Some of it is reliable – some of it is not.  The links below should assist for up to date information as it is published:

Summary:

  • Please continue to monitor the situation.
  • If you have visited one of the exposure sites in the times mentioned follow the advice of the Health Department provided on the website.
  • If you are in Shepparton then get tested when it is appropriate to do so (there is a priority for those connected to the listed schools)
  • Unless you are being directed to isolate as a result of visiting an exposure site or you have tested positive then you are able to come to work as normal.
  • Permits will be required for all staff from Tuesday onwards and will be provided to you on Monday.
  • Payments for this pay week will be paid as normal.

End of update.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 3:00pm Saturday 21st  August 2021

For employees of the Furphy Group –  J. Furphy & Sons, including Furphy Engineering and Furphy Galvanizing, Geelong Galvanizing and Albury Galvanizing

Lockdown for Regional VIC

  • Following the emergence yesterday of positive COVID cases in Shepparton the Victorian Government has implemented a statewide lockdown which started at 1pm this afternoon.
  • Cases and exposure sites – particularly in Shepparton – are likely to increase over the coming days.  Those staff who have visited an exposure site in the relevant times will need to isolate as per the govt requirements.  These times, locations and instructions are listed on the govt exposure website (link below).
  • Staff members who test positive to COVID will also need to follow the government requirements.
  • We would appreciate it if staff members can let their supervisor know of the subsequent absence from work as soon as possible.
  • Payments are available for staff who are forced to isolate as a result of visiting an exposure site or testing positive.  Management will assist with arranging these payments if and when required.

Our sites remain open:

  • As per previous lockdowns our sites are allowed to continue to stay open and work.
  • If you are NOT directed to stay home and isolate as a result of a visit to an exposure site, or because you have tested positive then you are able to come to work as normal – albeit with a permit form from Tuesday onwards (see below).

Permits required from Tuesday onwards:

  • The arrangements for this lockdown are slightly different to previous lockdowns and will require some different responses from us.  The main thing is that a permit to attend work will be required from midnight on Monday 23rd August onwards for all staff.
  • Permits will NOT be required for work on Monday – it will effectively come into effect on Tuesday.  This will mean that all employees will need to carry a permit on them in order to come to work.
  • These permits will be completed by the admin teams at each location on Monday and issued to staff so that they can be carried.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE THE PERMIT – WE WILL DO THAT FOR YOU AND ISSUE IT TO YOU TO CARRY.

Information:

As with all of these lockdown events, there is lots of media attention and many sources of information.  Some of it is reliable – some of it is not.  The links below should assist for up to date information as it is published:

Summary:

  • Please continue to monitor the situation.
  • If you have visited one of the exposure sites in the times mentioned follow the advice of the Health Department provided on the website.
  • If you are in Shepparton then get tested when it is appropriate to do so (there is a priority for those connected to the listed schools)
  • Unless you are being directed to isolate as a result of visiting an exposure site or you have tested positive then you are able to come to work as normal.
  • Permits will be required for all staff from Tuesday onwards and will be provided to you on Monday.

Stay safe everyone.  These are frustrating and trying times and I’m sure you are all fed up with it all but all we can do is follow the advice and take the directed cautions.  We are fortunate that we are able to continue to operate and we must do what we can to ensure that that can continue.

End of update.

 

 

 

UPDATE 5:00pm Friday 20th August 2021

For employees of J. Furphy & Sons, including Furphy Engineering and Furphy Galvanizing.

There are now more positive COVID cases in Shepparton.  It seems that the time in the community whilst infectious for the first case has been significant and that we can therefore expect to see a number of exposure sites being listed as the contact tracing process is progressed.  So the exposure site listing is likely to be the thing to monitor over the next 24 – 48 hours to see if any of the sites and times affect you.   There is only one site listed at the moment in addition to the schools but this will change.

As with all of these lockdown events, there is lots of media attention and many sources of information.  Some of it is reliable – some of it is not.  The links below should assist for up to date information as it is published:

  • Exposure site link   This is the official page listing the exposure sites and explains the different requirements of Tier 1, vs 2, vs 3.
  • Matt Sharp – CEO GV Health FB page   Facebook page of the GV Health CEO.  Probably the most accurate and up-to-date source of reliable information.

Please continue to monitor the situation.   If you have visited one of the exposure sites in the times mentioned follow the advice of the Health Department provided on the website.

Please advise your supervisors if you are required to isolate as a result of an exposure so that they can plan accordingly.

Stay safe everyone.

End of update.

 

UPDATE 1:11pm Friday 20th August 2021

For employees of J. Furphy & Sons, including Furphy Engineering and Furphy Galvanizing.

There has been a positive COVID case detected in the St Mels Primary School community.  This means that any family with a child at St Mels in their household are now tier 1 or tier 2 contacts and are directed by the Dept of Health to Isolate immediately until further notice.

If this affects you (if you have a child at St Mels in your household) you need to follow the advice of the Dept of Health which will be provided to you.  We understand this to be:

  • Collect your child
  • Go home and isolate until further notice.

Further details will be available as we understand them.

This advice also applies to households with students at Greater Shepparton Secondary College (Wanganui, Mooroopna, and McGuire campuses).

At this stage, these are the only schools that we are aware of which require all household members to isolate until further notice.  While many schools may be shutting – only the above schools are requiring all household members to isolate at this stage.  This may change over the next 24 hours.

Those employees who do not have children at one of the abovementioned schools are unaffected by these measures.  We will continue to provide relevant updates over the weekend.

Stay safe.  This is a good reminder that vaccination is going to be advantageous to our ongoing ability to operate.  I would strongly encourage you to book in and get vaxxed if you haven’t already.

End of update.

 

 

NSW Lockdown UPDATE 7pm Saturday 14th August 2021

For employees of Albury Galvanizing.

 

The NSW Government has scheduled a 7 day snap statewide lockdown for the state of NSW beginning at 5pm this afternoon.

Rules around what restrictions apply in relation to authorised workers can be found here:

Our businesses are classified as essential providers for a number of reasons as they relate to the guidelines.

Consequently, work will continue on our sites with all of the required precautions as part of our COVID safe requirements.

If you have any questions please direct these to your supervisor or division General Manager.

Staff members are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

End of update.

 

 

UPDATE midday  Thursday 27th May 2021

For employees of the Furphy Group including J. Furphy & Sons, Furphy Engineering, Furphy Galvanizing, Geelong Galvanizing and Albury Galvanizing.

The Victorian Government has scheduled a 7 day snap statewide lockdown for the state of Victoria beginning at midnight tonight.

Rules around what restrictions are not yet published but we expect them to be similar to restrictions from earlier this year which can be found here:

Our businesses are classified as essential providers for a number of reasons as they relate to the guidelines.

Consequently, work will continue on our sites with all of the required precautions as part of our COVID safe requirements. Of note it will be mandatory to wear masks at all times during this period.

If you have any questions please direct these to your supervisor or division General Manager.

Staff members are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

End of update.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 2:30 PM Friday 12th February 2021

For employees of the Furphy Group including J. Furphy & Sons, Furphy Engineering, Furphy Galvanizing, Geelong Galvanizing and Albury Galvanizing.

The Victorian Government has scheduled a 5 day snap statewide lockdown for the state of Victoria beginning at midnight tonight.

Rules around what restrictions are in place can be found here:

These restrictions are similar but not identical to the restrictions that we faced as part of the lockdown last year.

Our businesses are classified as essential providers for a number of reasons as they relate to the guidelines.

Consequently, work will continue on our sites with all of the required precautions as part of our COVID safe requirements. Of note it will be mandatory to wear masks at all times during this period.

If you have any questions please direct these to your supervisor or division General Manager.

End of update.

 


UPDATE 4:30 PM Thurs 15th Oct 2020

Numbers as we understand them at present:

  • 1800 tests conducted between 8am yesterday and 8am today
  • 580 negatives returned
  • still only 3 positives at this stage
  • 2500 tests to be completed today (target)
  • More testing locations have been made available

These are promising results.  As more tests get returned (we are being told 24 hour turnaround time) the picture will get clearer.

UPDATE 9:15 PM Wed 14th Oct 2020

Latest advice from GV Health available here: https://www.facebook.com/Matt-Sharp-GV-Health-Chief-Executive-313708065997484

  • Includes further details of the new drive-through testing locations available from tomorrow.
  • Also an additional location of concern – Kalkallo Caltex on 30 Sept between 7pm and 9pm
  • So far 411 close contacts have been identified from the contact tracing conducted to date along with 70 secondary cases.
Good luck to those staff who are required to get tested – let’s hope you can get it done tomorrow as soon as possible and best of luck with the results.  For the rest of us we need to remain vigilant and be prepared for further advice regarding contact tracing.  We, along with other businesses in the community, are taking an active interest in the number of resources being made available to ensure that testing rates can be dramatically increased asap.

End of update

 

UPDATE 11:45 am Wed 14th Oct 2020

There has now been some clarification about the locations.  A number are deemed high risk and the others are deemed of concern.  They are listed below in the latest GV Health update from their FB page.

The difference is:  – those who have visited the high risk locations need to test AND quarantine for 14 days regardless of result.  Those who have visited the areas of concern do NOT need to quarantine following a negative test.

All who have visited any of the sites at the appropriate times need to get tested.  As do any people who have symptoms.

For those concerned about getting tested as a result of being in a High Risk location and therefore missing 14 days work and missing pay – you will be paid.  Do not worry about missing out on payment – we will ensure you will be paid.

UPDATED advice from GV Health FB page 11:45am  https://www.facebook.com/GoulburnValleyHealth 
This is a stressful time for our community.
We understand that currently there is some confusion around getting tested.
Please see the below information – we hope it clears up any questions you may have.
HIGH RISK LOCATIONS IN SHEPPARTON:
📍 Central Tyre Service, Welsford Street Shepparton on Wednesday 30 September to Tuesday 13 October 2020
📍 Mooroopna Golf Club Members Bar Sunday 4 October and Sunday 11 October 2020
📍 Bombshell Hairdressing, Fryers Street Shepparton on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 9:30am
📍 Thai Orchid Restaurant, Nixon Street Shepparton on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 7:00pm
📍 Shepparton Market Place Medical Centre Midland Highway Shepparton Thursday 8 October 2020 from 9:15am to 10:15am
For the above locations you should get tested even if you do not have any symptoms – if you have visited any of the above locations during the listed days/times and feel completely fine, you must still be tested. If you have visited any of the above locations during the listed days/times you must self-isolate for 14 days, even if you don’t have any symptoms as symptoms may develop during this time and then you will need to get tested.
LOCATIONS OF CONCERN IN SHEPPARTON:
📍 Bunnings Warehouse Shepparton Benalla Road Shepparton Wednesday 30 September 2020
📍 McDonalds Shepparton North Numurkah Road Shepparton Saturday 3 October 2020
📍 Lemon Tree Café Fryers Street Shepparton Wednesday 7 October to Monday 12 October 2020
📍 Mooroopna Golf Club Pro Shop Sunday 11 October 2020
If you have visited any of the above locations during the listed days/times you should get tested and stay at home while you await your results, even if you do not have any symptoms – if you have visited any of the above locations during the listed days/times and feel completely fine, you must still be tested. What separates the ‘locations of concern’ and the ‘high risk locations’ is that if you have visited a high risk location you must self-isolate for 14 days – if you have visited a location of concern, you only have to self-isolate until you get a negative results. If you visit a location of concern and return a negative result, you must remain vigilant for symptoms and be retested immediately if any symptoms develop.
Please be mindful that this is an evolving situation and health advice can change.
We will endeavour to have the latest information available to our community as quickly as we can.
Thank you to everyone for their understanding, patience and co-operation during this challenging time.

 

End – information below is superseded by above.

UPDATE 11:00 am Wed 14th Oct 2020 – Bunnings date now the 30th Sept (not Oct 2nd).  No need to quarantine after a negative test.

After some clarification we have confirmed that:

  • people who get tested (due to being symptomatic or having visited one of the listed sites at the corresponding time) do NOT need to quarantine for 14 days after a negative test.  If negative they do not need to isolate.
  • The date for the Bunnings visits has been confirmed as 30th Sept rather than 2nd October as originally published.

Keep an eye on Facebook.  The GV Health FB page seems to be best but it is a fluid situation so keep an eye out and we will be endeavouring to keep current information updated on this site.

Wednesday 14th October 2020 – Advice for J. Furphy & Sons staff:

To staff members and subcontractors of J. Furphy & Sons – inc Furphy Engineering and Furphy Galvanizing

It is apparent that there are new cases of Covid-19 in Shepparton connected to the Chadstone cluster.  As of this morning there are three active cases and further testing capacity in town is being established.  This is unfortunate but it simply is what we have to deal with.

Below is the advice from GV Health regarding the outbreak and locations of high risk.  If you have any symptoms DO NOT come to work and go and get tested.  If you have visited the locations listed at the times listed DO NOT come to work and go and get tested.

We have been operating with COVID Safe procedures at work for some time now.  It is critical that we continue to be vigilant in adhering to the plan to stop the spread and ensure it stays out of our families.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to discuss these with your supervisor or manager.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued diligence in managing the challenge that we are all faced with in operating the business in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic.    Thank you.

Adam Furphy

Managing Director

DHHS/GV HEALTH ADVICE as at 8:30 am Wed 14th October 2020

New Positive Cases ~
There are three new cases of people that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Shepparton region that are considered to be active cases. These three cases are linked to the Chadstone Outbreak.
These people are self-isolating at home and are being monitored.
GV Health is undertaking contact tracing now and into tomorrow, with further information to be provided as soon as it is available.
This is an evolving outbreak and further information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
High risk locations: Shepparton
📍 Central Tyre Service, Welsford Street Shepparton – Wednesday 30 September to Tuesday 13 October
📍 Bunnings Warehouse, Midland Highway Shepparton – Wednesday 30 September
📍 McDonalds Shepparton North, 175 Midland Highway Shepparton – Saturday 3 October
📍 Mooroopna Golf Club – Members Bar, Sunday 4 October and Pro Shop and Members Bar Sunday 11 October
📍 Shepparton Market Place Medical Centre, Midland Highway Shepparton – Thursday 8 October (9:15am – 10:15am)
📍 Lemon Tree Café, Fryers Street Shepparton – Wednesday October 7 – Monday October 12
📍 Thai Orchard Restaurant, Nixon Street Shepparton – Wednesday 7 October (7.00pm  onwards)
📍 Bombshell Hairdressing, Fryers Street Shepparton – Wednesday 7 October (9.30am onwards)
If you have visited one of these sites, even if you have no symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must get tested and follow advice. Please call the GV Health hotline on 1800 313 070 between 8am and 8pm for further instructions.
Please do the right thing and do not place your family members, friends and the broader community at risk.
Getting Tested – Updated ~ Acute Respiratory Clinic & Pop-Up Testing
GV Health is providing two sites in Shepparton wo sites are available for COVID-19 testing in Shepparton –
* Acute Respiratory Clinic at Graham Street, Shepparton is open seven days per week from 9:00am to 5:30pm.
* The McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds Corner of Midland Hwy and Thompson Street from 12:30pm
Further information regarding COVID-19 ~
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or by calling 1800 675 398.