Shepparton News

16,000 PLUS NEED TESTING

14-DAY STAY AT HOME AS SHEPPARTON COVID-19 CLUSTER GROWS TO 36 CASES

- By Monique Preston

More than 16,000 people are in isolation as the Shepparton COVID-19 cluster grows to 36 cases.

Those who have tested positive, come from more than 10 households, with the majority of them being “younger”, according to GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp, although he did say there was a mix of adults and children infected.

Mr Sharp said the COVID-19 case at Notre Dame College had meant that thousands more people would need to isolate and be tested than the 10,000 to 11,000 people GV Health anticipate­d on Sunday after Greater Shepparton Secondary College was named among the exposure sites.

Yesterday, the focus was on certain classes from Notre Dame getting priority tested at the testing centre at the Shepparton Sports Precinct,

but he would not be drawn on which year levels were being focused on.

Mr Sharp said authoritie­s needed the priority groups to come forward to help authoritie­s understand how the virus was moving.

Other groups from the school will be able to be tested in the coming days, however a stop and stay order applies for the whole school from Sunday night, meaning students, teachers and those in their households must stay at home.

With four drive-through testing sites in Shepparton and Mooroopna, as well as the walk-up site outside GV Health, Mr Sharp said he estimated about 3500 people would be able to be tested daily in Shepparton at GV Healthrun testing sites.

He estimated 8000 or 9000 people had already been tested since Friday.

GV Health has requested further resources to boost the capabiliti­es of its existing testing sites in Shepparton.

With so much of Shepparton’s population having to isolate, GV Health has had to furlough 270 staff, with more expected to be impacted in coming days.

To allow for staffing changes, GV Health has temporaril­y ceased some of its ambulatory services, including community health and dental, to free up staff from those areas to be redeployed to primary areas such as the emergency department.

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Virus bites: Matt Sharp says there is a mix of adults and children infected in Shepparton.

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