Shepparton News

Shepp cluster grows

TWO LOCALS TAKEN TO MELBOURNE HOSPITALS

- By Monique Preston

Two people from the Shepparton area are in Melbourne hospitals with COVID-19.

Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp said the pair had presented to hospital in Shepparton but had been transferre­d to Melbourne hospitals.

He said no patients were in hospital at GV Health with COVID-19.

While the official number of new COVID-19 cases locally in the Shepparton cluster reported yesterday was 18, Mr Sharp said another five or six people had tested positive yesterday morning and would be added to today’s official count.

A further two cases linked to the Shepparton cluster were also recorded at the Royal Melbourne Hospital overnight Wednesday, with a total of 67 cases now in the cluster overall.

The Shepparton cluster now includes four confirmed cases in Merrigum, which were included in the figures announced yesterday.

With more people still testing positive in the community, Mr Sharp encouraged people who had been at any of the schools listed as exposure sites to be tested if they had not already done so.

These schools are Bourchier Street Primary School, St Mel’s Primary School, Notre Dame College, all campuses of Greater Shepparton Secondary College, Orrvale Primary School and Mooroopna Primary School.

He also urged anyone else with even the mildest symptoms to get tested.

Mr Sharp said the data from the schools was being used to understand transmissi­on chains, especially within the schools.

Some of the school sites classified as Tier 1 exposure sites may be able to be reversed to Tier 2, with people released from home quarantine, if GV Health is confident they are low-risk.

Mr Sharp said the only way they could get that confidence would be if enough people got tested.

Yesterday afternoon, Mr Sharp said he expected some exposure sites could be reclassifi­ed within 24 to 48 hours.

‘‘First and foremost, our considerat­ion with that is safety first,’’ he said.

‘‘We don’t want to be releasing someone from quarantine unless we’re 100 per cent confident that’s the right thing to do.’’

Mr Sharp said well over 3000 people had been vaccinated at Shepparton’s vaccinatio­n hub at the McIntosh Centre since the first Shepparton case of the outbreak was announced last Friday and he encouraged more people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

 ?? Picture: Megan Fisher ?? Get tested: Matt Sharp is urging people, especially those associated with school exposure sites, to get tested for COVID-19.
Picture: Megan Fisher Get tested: Matt Sharp is urging people, especially those associated with school exposure sites, to get tested for COVID-19.

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