Shepparton News

VACC RATE KEY

GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH CHIEF HOPEFUL DAILY CASE NUMBERS WILL BE IN SINGLE FIGURES BY WEEKEND

- By MAX STAINKAMPH

There were 15 new cases of COVID-19 in City of Greater Shepparton reported yesterday, after lockdown restrictio­ns for the city were lifted on Friday.

Shepparton Villages yesterday advised families that it had locked down Maculata Place as a precaution and isolated residents in their rooms after a staff member, who last worked on-site on Wednesday, October 6, tested positive to COVID-19.

And a positive case of COVID-19 attended Greater Shepparton Secondary College’s Invergordo­n campus on Thursday, October 7.

That campus will be listed as a Tier 1 exposure site, according to the school, meaning people who were at the site need to be tested and isolate for 14 days.

All other campuses are unaffected.

At a press conference yesterday, Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp said he hoped daily case numbers would be in single figures by the end of the week.

Mr Sharp said today’s case numbers would likely be similar to yesterday’s, but that he was ‘‘optimistic’’ they would start to decrease at the end of the week.

‘‘I’m hopeful that towards the end of the week that we may get back to single figures,’’ he said.

On Friday, GV Health launched a countdown to cover the remaining 5000 people who were yet to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Across the weekend, 1037 of those people had come forward for their first dose.

Federal Government data shows the region’s doubledose vaccinatio­n rate has grown to 61 per cent of the population over the age of 16.

It’s a nine per cent increase in a week as jabs administer­ed through staterun hubs, GP clinics and pharmacies are increasing­ly second doses.

As of yesterday, City of Greater Shepparton’s first dose coverage had increased to 92.8 per cent.

Eleven of Monday’s cases were linked and four are under investigat­ion.

There are cases in more than 75 households across the city, with Shepparton’s cluster now at 138 active cases.

Eight people are in hospital in Shepparton. Of those, three are in ICU and two are on ventilator­s.

While Shepparton is not expected to have zero cases ‘‘for the coming months’’, Mr Sharp said getting vaccinated was the best way to limit the number of new infections.

‘‘For the coming months, we’re going to have a number of cases in the community, but the best way to limit that is to get vaccinated,’’ he said.

Mr Sharp said the recent seven-day snap lockdown made an ‘‘impact’’ on the current outbreak and that Shepparton’s vaccinatio­n rates were the key reason behind the decision to lift restrictio­ns.

‘‘Last week of all vaccines administer­ed, 74 per cent of them were second doses,’’ he said

‘‘That’s the main difference in terms of where we’re at.’’

Last week, 9276 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were delivered across GV Health’s catchment, the largest number recorded — more than 5200 at the McIntosh Centre vaccinatio­n hub and 250 were administer­ed on Jabba the Bus, GV Health’s mobile vaccinatio­n hub.

The majority of active coronaviru­s cases in the current outbreak are people aged 10 to 39, a younger demographi­c than in previous outbreaks.

Mr Sharp said household transmissi­on was still the major cause of transmissi­on and also could be the reason behind the younger average age of those infected.

‘‘If you’re not one of those permitted to visit a household, please don’t do so because we know that that’s how the transmissi­on is at this stage,’’ he said.

IF YOU’RE NOT ONE OF THOSE PERMITTED TO VISIT A HOUSEHOLD, PLEASE DON’ T DO SO BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THAT’S HOW THE TRANSMISSI­ON IS AT THIS STAGE.

— MATT SHARP

 ?? ?? Optimistic: Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp is hopeful case numbers will drop by the end of the week.
Optimistic: Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Matt Sharp is hopeful case numbers will drop by the end of the week.

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