Kyabram Free Press

Kyabram reports zero cases

- By Myles Peterson

As the most recent COVID-19 lockdown eased last Friday for most of regional Victoria, Kyabram was again reporting zero active cases of the virus. The township has reported only two cases since the outbreak began in March 2020.

A single case was reported in late August, linked to the nearby Shepparton cluster.

As of Monday, the Merrigum cluster had fallen to one active case, down from the original seven.

All of the Merrigum cases pertained to the family of dairy farmer Daniel Beattie, who went public on social media to describe his family’s battle with the virus and urge people to get vaccinated.

Against the backdrop of an ever-increasing number of cases in the Melbourne metropolit­an region, and a small growth in clusters at Mildura and Geelong, Greater Shepparton continued its run of zero cases — raising the prospect of that region coming out of lockdown, Premier Daniel Andrews said over the weekend.

Kyabram District Health Service continues to run its testing service at the original hospital site, accessible via Pettifer St, between 10am and noon. These hours may vary depending on demand, according to a KDHS spokespers­on, with 20 to 30 people seeking tests each day over the past week and “very minimal wait times”.

The Victorian vaccinatio­n rate continues to surge ahead of schedule, with close to two million and one million first and second doses administer­ed respective­ly as of Monday, September 13.

That represents 66 per cent of eligible Victorians having received one dose, and 41 per cent having received two.

Modelling based on the seven-day vaccinatio­n average predicts Victoria will reach 70 per cent fully vaccinated by November 17, and 80 per cent by December 9.

The 70 and 80 per cent benchmarks have been agreed by National Cabinet, a body comprised of the state premiers, territory chief ministers and the Prime Minister, as the points where lockdowns will be lifted and eventually removed.

Vaccinatio­ns are available at Kyabram’s GP clinics and pharmacies and at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre under a collaborat­ion run jointly by KCLC and KDHS.

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