On Sunday the 5th of April, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that the state will support hospital workers and paramedics on the front line of Victoria’s coronavirus response by covering the cost of their hotel accommodation, if they need to self-isolate.
The program will allow healthcare workers to keep their families, housemates or other vulnerable cohorts safe, with no extra financial burden.
Andrews says, “Victoria’s hospital workforce and paramedics are heroes – we know they’re at greater risk because of their work but they shouldn’t have to fork out for a second place just to protect their families, loved ones or housemates.”
The program is available for both clinical and non-clinical staff at public and private hospital who directly engage with patients, as well as patient transport staff.
Free accommodation for frontline health workers who need to self-isolate builds on the hotel room quarantine for newly arrived or returned international travellers for 14 days.
The Department of Health and Human Services is assessing a range of hotels and apartments buildings in both metro and regional Victoria who can provide accommodation best suited for those healthcare workers who need to self-isolate.
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