Kyabram Free Press

One COVID case in Ky, six in Merrigum

- By Myles Peterson

The Department of Health and Human Services reported a single case of COVID-19 for the Kyabram region last Friday, August 27, the first since 2020 and only the second local case since the pandemic began.

The reported detection followed the listing of three COVID-19 Tier 2 sites last Thursday night at Woolworths on Union St and Bakers Delight and Fitzgerald's Farm Fresh Meats on Allan St.

Six new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Merrigum, which relate to local dairy farmers the Beattie family. Daniel Beattie went public with his family’s condition on social media and later spoke to state and local media.

Nine new cases were detected in Shepparton on

Monday, and all of those cases were in quarantine.

“The comparativ­ely large number of cases in quarantine today is really a good sign and there will be more, I'm sure, identified in that category,” Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton said at yesterday’s press conference.

There has been no transmissi­on detected within the Echuca aged care facility where a Covid-positive person worked during their infectious period.

Of the 76 locally acquired cases on Monday in Victoria, 45 have been linked to known cases and outbreaks and 31 cases are under investigat­ion.

The total number of active cases in Victoria stood at 841.

In terms of the age rang, it is still a predominan­tly young cohort — 182 are aged nine or under, 125 are 10 to 19 years of age, 177 are aged 20 to 29 and 158 are between the ages of 30 and 39.

On Monday, there were more than 32,000 doses of vaccine delivered, and more than 50,000 test results received.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said there was a 20 per cent increase in vaccinatio­ns over the past weekend, and that state vaccinatio­n clinics were some of the best in the country.

Mr Andrews said reaching targets of 70 and 80 per cent vaccinatio­n would be "very meaningful" and he was committed to easing restrictio­ns when the benchmarks were met. Yesterday, Victoria stood at 35 per cent of eligible people having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Lockdown rules are being reexamined with the potential for an easing of restrictio­ns in rural communitie­s; however, Kyabram’s proximity to the Shepparton outbreak and its single local case may see it excluded in the short term.

❝The comparativ­ely large number of cases in quarantine today is really a good sign.❞ — Brett Sutton

 ??  ?? Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and Premier Daniel Andrews.
Picture:
AAP Image/david Crosling
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton and Premier Daniel Andrews. Picture: AAP Image/david Crosling

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