Rising numbers ‘frustrating’
SHEPPARTON RECORDS 21 NEW CASES OF COVID-19, BRINGING OUTBREAK TO 161, WITH NINE IN HOSPITAL
GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp says he is frustrated at household-to-household COVID19 transmission continuing despite weeks of asking people to stop unauthorised visits to homes.
Shepparton’s outbreak is at 161 cases, with nine people in hospital and two in intensive care. One person is on a ventilator.
Twenty-one new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Shepparton yesterday.
GV Health’s countdown to ‘‘get the jab done’’ has had 1753 people come forward for their first dose, with 3247 in the city still to receive their first dose.
Mr Sharp said hospitalisations due to coronavirus were draining on other systems across the network such as specialist and dental care.
“We’ve seen the same trend of transmission, household-tohousehold, and we’re encouraging people not to visit other people’s houses except for a very limited number of reasons,” he said.
“If you know someone who is still heading over to other people’s houses, maybe have a quiet conversation with them.’’
Mr Sharp said it was ‘‘frustrating’’ to continue to see case numbers rising.
“Not only does it put you at risk of catching coronavirus, but as more people test positive it puts more pressure on our hospital system,” he said.
Mr Sharp said an increase in positive cases increased the number of people presenting to hospital with COVID-19, and it put pressure on helping people who presented with non-coronavirus symptoms and required GV Health to redeploy staff and resources.
He said other health departments across Melbourne and regional Victoria were just as stretched as GV Health, which made it more difficult to organise assistance.
Verney Rd School and Greater Shepparton Secondary College recorded positive cases this week, with Verney Rd shut down on Wednesday and the GSSC Invergordon Campus expected to be listed as a Tier 1 site.
Mr Sharp said it was no surprise schools had become exposure sites, with a staggered return to in-person learning following Shepparton leaving lockdown last week.
He said Shepparton’s case numbers were expected to be similar today, and added contact tracing teams were doing work ‘‘as quick as they could’’ to track the virus.