Benalla Ensign

Rose City still seeing minimal COVID-19 cases

- By Simon Ruppert

Benalla Rural City recorded one new COVID-19 case in the 24 hours to midday on Tuesday, October 19.

The number of active cases has fluctuated in the past week as new cases are added and other cases removed, as people recover.

As of yesterday Benalla had six active cases and another eight who had recovered.

As the state and country reopens it is likely cases will continue to appear.

The best way to protect yourself, your family and your community is to be vaccinated.

In Victoria there are 695 people in hospital, 75 per cent of those have no vaccinatio­n, and 15 per cent are partially vaccinated. Just 10 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Statistics also show that the unvaccinat­ed are much more likely to end up in intensive care.

At present there are 157 people in Victoria in intensive care with COVID-19, 101 of which are on a ventilator.

The vast majority of people in intensive care (87 per cent) are completely unvaccinat­ed, another 11 per cent are partially vaccinated and only two per cent are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine hesitancy in the Rose City is not as high as other places with 95 per cent of the population already having had at least one vaccine - and 75.3 per cent fully vaccinated.

The Department of Health and Human Services still has no active exposure sites listed for Benalla Rural City.

If you would like to book a vaccinatio­n you can do so at a local pharmacy or clinic.

 ?? ?? Prizes: A number of local businesses donated prizes to the exhibition
Prizes: A number of local businesses donated prizes to the exhibition

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