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A spotlight on Shepparton

Some key info from Victoria’s COVID-19 Commander, Jeroen Weimar specific to the Shepparton outbreak:

Shepparton, now has 94 cases in total  across 37 different households.

The community turned out for more than 1,300 tests yesterday, which brings the total number of tests carried out in Shepparton during this outbreak to 23,000.

Mr Weimar says two of the school campus sites have been  downgraded to a tier 2 site, releasing a 1,000 people from being primary close contacts.

“We have been able to do that by the fantastic response we’ve seen to testing in the Shepparton area,” he says.

“We continue to see a big effort by Goulburn Valley Health. Over 500 staff are still furloughed and isolating at this point in time and my thanks to the wider health system for providing support.”

He says the Red Cross and its volunteers have prepared and delivered more than 600 food relief parcels over the weekend.

One positive case in Traralgon in Gippsland region

Mr Weimar says authorities understand the linkages of this case.

“This individual travelled to a funeral in Melbourne and we understand acquisition was there,” he says.

“There will be a small number of exposure sites. We are having conversations with them today.”

But he says there was only limited movement.

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