There’s zero mystery cases
THE LACK OF UNLINKED CASES IN THE SHEPPARTON OUTBREAK IS PROMISING, BRETT SUTTON SAYS
Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton says the lack of mystery COVID-19 cases emerging in Shepparton is a positive sign that the outbreak is contained and coming under control.
‘‘It’s just good news that all cases are linked in Shepparton and that the public health response can wrap around those close contacts, of which there are thousands,’’ he said.
Shepparton added another nine cases yesterday, taking the total number during this outbreak to 103.
New exposure sites continue to emerge daily, with Chemist Warehouse at Riverside Plaza, Kialla added as a Tier 2 exposure site on August 24 from 1.54 pm to 2.24 pm.
The Australia Post Business Centre on Benalla Rd, Shepparton is listed as Tier 2 from 12.10 pm to 12.50 pm on August 24 and from 11 am to 12 am on August 26.
The Chemist Warehouse on
Wyndham St, Shepparton was also added for August 24 between 1.08 pm and 1.28 pm and Woolworths, High St, Shepparton on August 23 from 12.56 pm to 1.26 pm.
As Tier 2 sites, anyone who attended during these periods needs to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Mr Sutton said while Shepparton remained an active outbreak area, consideration would be given over the next few days to easing restrictions in regional areas where there was less risk.
‘‘There is no immediate determination, but we would clearly look to whatever options we can in releasing restrictions for places where we don’t see transmission and we don’t think they’re too substantially at risk because of the movement of people or because of exposure sites.’’
He again urged anyone who’d been at Shepparton’s Sky Salon Hairdressing to come forward for testing, and said he believed there were still people at that exposure site who hadn’t been tested.
Mr Sutton said Victoria was in a much better position than it might have been and the trajectory of cases was relatively f lat.
‘‘A huge effort is required for the Delta variant and it only needs us to drop our guard,’’ he said.
‘‘Most of the outbreak is under control, but there are areas that still have mystery cases.’’
The situation in Echuca is also positive with no cases emerging from potential exposure at an aged care facility.
‘‘Those early tests of staff and residents is really good news, that there hasn’t been anyone tested positive, they still need to go through that quarantine period and they could still test positive, but it looks under control and clearly there’s been no transmission detected yet.’’