Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Update

Friday, January 21, 2022


Hi everyone

Thanks to Deputy Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Philippa Blencowe, and Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention and Control, Dr. Stephen Guy for taking the time to provide the latest information on COVID-19 including the Eastern Health response.

For those who haven’t caught up on this LiveStream, head to Workplace to watch a replay.

Topics covered include the workforce redevelopment, furlough requirements and the early predictions on what the coming weeks may hold.

To submit topics for future Lunchtime Livestreams, email

Our latest numbers

  • There are 97 COVID positive inpatients at Box Hill Hospital; 83 in acute wards, 7 in 1East, 3 in Women’s & Children’s and 4 in ICU
  • There are 5,736 patients enrolled in the Eastern Health COVID-19 Community Pathways program, with 2,186 to be assessed and 38 COVID positive in Hospital in the Home
  • We have 271 staff unavailable to work due to furlough requirements.
  • The Residential In-Reach team are currently supporting 14 RACFs with COVID-19 Outbreaks with 172 positive COVID residents

COVID Vaccination Booster

The best way to protect yourself, your family and the community from the impacts of COVID-19 is to get the vaccination

Places are now available for staff to get their booster at one our clinics; simply call the Staff Vaccination Hotline number on 8396 8292 (Mon-Fri between 8 am and 4.30 pm) to book your shot.
Importantly, if you have received your booster NOT at one of our facilities, please fill in the Offsite Booster Declaration.

For more info, head to Workplace or the Staff Hub.

Demand Management Plan

As previously communicated, Ward 7.2 at Box Hill Hospital is now taking COVID-positive patients.

In-line with our demand management plan, this triggers preparation to occur for ward 2 North at Maroondah Hospital to be the next location to take COVID+ patients
Thank you to those who have been a part of the implementation of this plan and we continue to review the latest demand in any upcoming changes.

Visitor Restrictions

As per Guidance for the Pandemic Order, our entry screening requirements have changed.

Any unvaccinated visitors will require negative Rapid Antigen Test result to enter with a supplied N95 mask.

This information has also been updated on the Eastern Health website.