Shepparton News

Shepp targets eliminatio­n

AS VICTORIA PIVOTS TO VIRUS SUPPRESSIO­N, MATT SHARP SAYS ELIMINATIN­G IT REMAINS GV HEALTH’S GOAL

- By Max Stainkamph

Eliminatio­n of COVID-19 community transmissi­on is still the short-to-medium-term goal for Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton despite an admission from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews the number of cases in the state was set to go up, not down.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said eliminatio­n of coronaviru­s in the community was still the aim in Shepparton, although it wouldn’t be easy.

He expected it could take ‘‘a good few weeks’’ to completely eliminate the virus in Shepparton if it could be done at all.

Mr Andrews yesterday said the state would pivot from eliminatio­n to suppressio­n.

More than 4000 people will be tested today as school communitie­s in Shepparton face day 13 testing, but Mr Sharp said he didn’t know if that would cause a significan­t bump in case numbers.

Only students who were at Tier 1 exposure sites need to be tested, not entire families.

The testing will be staggered and heavily resourced, with students from Bourchier St Primary, St Mel’s Primary and Years 7-9 students at Greater Shepparton Secondary College’s McGuire and Wanganui campuses to be tested at any site from 8 am today.

From 1 pm, Years 10 to 12 students at Greater Shepparton Secondary College’s McGuire and Wanganui campuses and Notre Dame College students are encouraged to come forward.

Mr Sharp said updates on which sites were busy and which were less busy would be posted on his Facebook page.

He encouraged people to bring something to eat and drink as well as a book or iPad.

He also reminded people that receiving a negative test did not mean you were free from quarantine — the Department of Health would contact people directly about being released from quarantine.

Nine people with coronaviru­s have been transferre­d to Melbourne for care, while another two inpatients are at GV Health.

Mr Sharp said the outbreak in Shepparton was spread across 112 active cases in 45 households.

 ?? Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e ?? Challenge: GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp says although it will not be easy, eliminatio­n of COVID-19 is still the aim in Shepparton.
Picture: Rodney Braithwait­e Challenge: GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp says although it will not be easy, eliminatio­n of COVID-19 is still the aim in Shepparton.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia