The Bethany Group’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Update

Thanks for visiting Bethany Kindergarten Services.  In line with the Premier of Victoria’s advice related to the Coronavirus (March 22), Bethany Kindergarten Services will be finishing up Term One at 5pm, Monday 23rd March 2020.

Our educators will be sending out to families ideas and activities to continue your child’s engagement in play based learning while at home, and will continue to update you on any further developments and advice received.

The BKS Central Support Office located in Hamlyn Heights is temporarily closed to the public. We continue to operate and can be contacted during business hours by phoning 5273 0200. Alternatively, you can email us at kindergartens@bethany.org.au

For the latest advice from the Department of Education related to COVID-19, please visit:  https://education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx#link87

What is COVID 019

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. While some people recover easily, others may get very sick, very quickly.

People with coronavirus may experience:

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

Preventative measures

There is evidence that the virus spreads from person to person but good hygiene, avoiding hand-to-face contact and social distancing can drastically reduce the risk of infection.

The wearing of face masks does little to prevent contracting the virus. However, face masks should be worn by those exhibiting symptoms of the virus to prevent further spreading.

The Bethany Group has advised all personnel to be vigilant in practising personal hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes practicing proper hand sanitising procedures and cough etiquette. We have been and will continue to provide our workplaces with hand sanitiser and disinfectant to facilitate a hygienic work environment and are supporting all personnel with cold-like symptoms to seek medical assistance.

Risk categories

Many people will suffer only mild symptoms, however, early indications are that there are some people within our community who are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. these include;

  • People with compromised immune systems (such as people who are currently being treated for cancer)
  • Elderly people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with chronic medical conditions
  • People who have returned from travel overseas within the past 14 days
  • People who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for Coronavirus

What to do if you are feeling unwell

If you begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness either during your period of isolation (self-quarantine), or in the 14 days since arriving home from international travel, you should seek immediate medical attention. 

Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your overseas travel before you arrive at the doctor’s office so they can prepare appropriate infection control measures. 

Alternatively contact the 24-hour hotline 1800 675 398.

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and tell the operator your recent travel history.

For more information

The Australian Government – Department of Health                       
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

The Victorian Department of Education and Training                      
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx