COVID-19 UPDATE PAGE
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.
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.
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.