Pos­i­tive case in Moira Shire

The Cobram Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By James Ben­nett

Moira Shire has its first con­firmed case of COVID-19.

Although no de­tails have been provided re­gard­ing prior move­ments and where the per­son is from within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, the Department of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices con­firmed the case about 1 pm yes­ter­day.

But NCN Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Jacque Phillips said there had been no con­firmed cases at NCN Health.

‘‘Any con­firmed cases and close con­tacts are no­ti­fied and mon­i­tored by the Department of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices,’’ Ms Phillips said.

‘‘NCN Health is tak­ing ad­vice from the Department of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices and we are mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to pro­tect the health and safety of staff, res­i­dents, pa­tients, clients and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We are re­spond­ing to new ad­vice from Com­mon­wealth and state gov­ern­ments and work­ing closely with a range of health ser­vices and ex­perts.’’

Greater Shep­par­ton also yes­ter­day re­ported its third case in a mat­ter of days.

A case was also con­firmed in the Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­trict on Sun­day but its lo­ca­tion was not re­vealed.

In a state­ment re­leased by DHHS, it said the to­tal num­ber in the state had risen to 411 but only 41 of those cases were spread across re­gional Vic­to­ria.

‘‘At the present time, there are six con­firmed cases of COVID19 in Vic­to­ria that may have been ac­quired through com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion,’’ it said.

‘‘Cur­rently 12 peo­ple are in hospi­tal, in­clud­ing two pa­tients in in­ten­sive care. One hun­dred and thir­teen peo­ple have re­cov­ered.

‘‘More than 25 000 Victorians have been tested to date.’’

DHHS went on to say it closely mon­i­tors all close con­tacts of con­firmed cases and ad­vised any­one who has come into close contact with some­one who has tested pos­i­tive to self­iso­late for 14 days.

MHLD said in a state­ment yes­ter­day there was no con­firmed cases since Sun­day.

Moira Shire Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica re­minded the lo­cal com­mu­nity to stay vig­i­lant dur­ing these un­known times.

‘‘As this sit­u­a­tion is un­prece­dented, we are all need­ing to be flex­i­ble and re­spon­si­ble — we are meet­ing daily to re­view any new in­for­ma­tion that comes to hand and make de­ci­sions ac­cord­ingly,’’ he said. ‘‘Ev­ery­one has a role to play in pro­tect­ing your­self and your fam­ily and there is no bet­ter way than to start with your personal health and if you are felling un­well, please stay at home.’’

If any­one sus­pects they have coro­n­avirus please call the hot­line on 1800 675 398. If visit­ing a hospi­tal or GP, please ring be­fore at­tend­ing.

❝NCN Health is tak­ing ad­vice from the Department of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices and we are mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to pro­tect the health and safety of staff, res­i­dents, pa­tients, clients and the com­mu­nity.❞

— Jacque Phillips

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