Shepparton News

TWO NEW COVID CASES IN SHEPP

AS CLUSTER GROWS TO SEVEN, GV HEALTH CHIEF EXPECTS CASES TO RISE, RENEWS CALL FOR TESTING

- By MAX STAINKAMPH

Two new cases of coronaviru­s were identified in Shepparton yesterday as the city’s latest cluster grew to seven.

One of the two cases was linked to existing cases, while the other case is being investigat­ed.

Anyone with even the mildest of symptoms is being urged to get tested.

Several new exposure sites were listed for Shepparton yesterday, including a Tier 1 exposure site for staff at Revolver Burger Company on Benalla Rd.

The store is a Tier 2 site for customers who attended between September 22 and September 25.

Shepparton Marketplac­e was listed, but only as a Tier 3 site, meaning testing is only required if you shopped there between September 22 and September 25 and develop symptoms.

Victoria recorded a record 867 new cases yesterday, while another 149 cases were added to Monday’s total after a software glitch at a pathology lab meant they hadn’t been counted in the total.

Four coronaviru­s deaths were recorded.

Testing is available at two sites in Shepparton, the walk-in clinic at Graham St at Goulburn Valley Health and the drive-through clinic at Shepparton Showground­s.

Graham St is open from 8 am to 4 pm and the showground­s from 8.45 am to 4.45 pm.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said on ABC Goulburn Murray yesterday he expected more cases to come forward due to how fast the Delta variant moved.

He urged people to get tested at the first sign of symptoms.

Shepparton’s new cases were two of 28 cases in regional Victoria, with 12 identified in the Latrobe Valley and five in Mitchell Shire.

Due to the revised figures, Monday’s and yesterday’s case numbers in Victoria were higher than those in NSW.

NSW recorded 863 cases of coronaviru­s yesterday, with seven deaths.

Victoria will hit its 80 per cent first dose vaccine coverage milestone today, granting a limited number of freedoms to metropolit­an and regional residents.

Goulburn Valley Health’s local public health unit catchment area has now delivered 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses since March 1.

The catchment area includes Greater Shepparton, Moira, Benalla, Strathbogi­e, Mitchell, Mansfield and Murrindind­i shires, and parts of Campaspe.

About 100,000 of the vaccine doses have been administer­ed at the GV Health vaccinatio­n hub in Shepparton and at five public health areas across the catchment area, while another 100,000 have been administer­ed by GPs and pharmacies across the area, including at Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperativ­e.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said it was a ‘‘major milestone’’ for the Goulburn

Valley’s vaccinatio­n program.

‘‘I would like to thank the staff at all vaccinatio­n sites that helped administer the 200,000 doses, as well as to say thank you to all members of the community who have been vaccinated to date,’’ he said.

GV Health COVID-19 response executive Alicia Cunningham also thanked people for getting the jab.

‘‘The simple act of getting vaccinated ensures individual­s and the community are protected from serious illness and hospitalis­ation due to COVID-19,’’ she said.

‘‘We are all looking forward to summer when more people are fully vaccinated and we can enjoy eased restrictio­ns.’’

In the Shepparton local government area, 84.8 per cent of residents have received a first dose and 47 per cent are double dosed.

Murray Primary Health Network chief executive Matt Jones said GPs and pharmacist­s across the Goulburn Valley region continued to support their local communitie­s with vaccinatio­n options closer to home.

‘‘For many people in regional areas, their regular GP or pharmacist is a trusted source of health informatio­n,’’ he said.

‘‘As we progress towards meeting the vaccinatio­n milestones that will enable us to ease more restrictio­ns in regional Victoria, accessing vaccinatio­n appointmen­ts quicker, easier and closer to home is vital.’’

To find your closest vaccine provider, go to https://covidvacci­ne.healthdire­ct.gov.au or to book an appointmen­t at a staterun hub, go to https:/ /portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/

 ?? Picture: Megan Fisher ?? Up for test: COVID-19 testing was done across Shepparton yesterday as the city recorded two additional cases.
Picture: Megan Fisher Up for test: COVID-19 testing was done across Shepparton yesterday as the city recorded two additional cases.
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