Shepparton News

Play until final siren

IT’S THE PREMIERSHI­P QUARTER, SHARP SAYS

- By Rosa Ritchie

The only premiershi­p match that will be played in Shepparton this year, tragically, is against the COVID-19 outbreak.

It’s now the third quarter and only by keeping tight control of the game will the community secure a victory.

That’s the latest advice from Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp.

“As people who have played netball or footy know — the third quarter is the premiershi­p quarter,” Mr Sharp said on Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s important we don’t throw out the good work that’s been done across the community in the last two or three weeks.

“We need to keep working really hard both individual­ly and collective­ly, as a team and a community, to really break the back of it and come out with a victory in the end.”

Mr Sharp said it was everyone’s responsibi­lity to get tested at the first sign of symptoms, monitor exposure sites, practise hand hygiene, wear masks and get vaccinated if eligible.

“That’s what’s going to get us through to the final siren,” he said.

The GV Health chief said there were 83 active cases of COVID-19 in Shepparton, and no new cases had been detected in the 24 hours prior to Wednesday.

The single positive case from Tuesday was a known household contact of a previous positive case.

This downward trend in Shepparton was ‘‘really encouragin­g’’, Mr Sharp said, and a total of 61 positive cases had been cleared over the duration of the outbreak.

But Mr Sharp warned COVID-19 was still active in the community and he reminded people that symptoms of the Delta strain included nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea as well as cold and flu symptoms.

There are 500 to 550 close contacts connected to the Shepparton outbreak who remain in monitored isolation.

GV Health had four inpatients with COVID-19 as of Wednesday afternoon, and there were ‘‘over 10’’ at certain times over recent days.

Two testing sites will continue to operate for the foreseeabl­e future, at Shepparton Showground­s and the Acute Respirator­y Clinic at GV Health.

They are performing a combined average of up to 270 test per day.

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