Benalla Ensign

FOUR CASES

- By Simon Ruppert

It is the news many in the Rose City felt was inevitable, COVID-19 has returned to Benalla.

However, it would appear panic is unnecessar­y with no exposure sites listed in the 3672 postcode area.

A local cafe posted that it had temporaril­y closed after a staff member tested positive.

This does not mean it is an exposure site. It may well end up listed as one, however, at this stage it is not.

While rumours of exposure sites have been circulatin­g around social media you can get accurate informatio­n from www.coronaviru­s.vic.gov.au/ case-alerts-public-exposure-sites

A spokespers­on for DHHS told The Ensign on Tuesday that if no public exposure sites were listed on that website, there were no sites of concern in Benalla.

That is subject to change as contact tracing continues.

It is important people only get COVID-19 advice and informatio­n from official sources such as this.

Since the Victorian Government moved away from complete regional lockdowns in favour of closing Local Government Areas, cases have continued to pop up in the regions.

It was only Friday evening (October 1) that the Greater Shepparton City council area entered a five-day lockdown after a small cluster appeared.

However, it was still a shock when the department released its official case numbers on Saturday, October 2, and Benalla was included with one new case.

In the next 72 hours that figure would jump to four active cases in the Rose City.

Authoritie­s and residents in Benalla will now be crossing fingers that these cases have not spread, and a lockdown can be avoided.

As of Tuesday, October 5, it looks like it is contained.

The way Benalla can protect itself is for residents to continue to socially distance, continue to check into public areas, wear masks and keep up good hygiene practices.

Benalla is already in the strongest position of any LGA in Indi to fight COVID-19 having the highest vaccinatio­n rates in the electorate.

The figures released since Saturday show regional Victoria is still seeing much smaller numbers of cases then metropolit­an areas.

They also confirmed that the vast majority of hospitalis­ations are unvaccinat­ed people.

Of the COVID-19 cases in hospital Saturday, 73.5 per cent were unvaccinat­ed, 21.5 per cent were partially vaccinated and five per cent were fully vaccinated.

 ?? ?? It’s here: Benalla Rural City recorded its first case of COVID-19 in more than 12 months on Saturday That figure had jumped to four by Tuesday at midday.
It’s here: Benalla Rural City recorded its first case of COVID-19 in more than 12 months on Saturday That figure had jumped to four by Tuesday at midday.

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