Virus cases fall across the west


By Alesha Capone

The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyndham continues to fall, despite the municipality topping the statewide case count.

There were 24 active COVID-19 cases recorded in Wyndham today, down from 31 a week earlier.

Victoria has recorded seven new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

The overall total has increased by six due to one case being reclassified.

There have been five new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday, of which four occurred prior to yesterday.

Three of today’s seven new cases are linked to known outbreaks and cases. All three are linked to Shepparton.

The other four cases are under investigation.

Of today’s seven new cases, three are in Greater Shepparton, two are in Wyndham, and there are single cases in Moreland and Whitehorse.

The 14 mystery cases detected in the last fortnight (September 28 – October 11) are located in the following postcodes: 3015, 3019, 3024, 3025 (two cases), 3027, 3037, 3046, 3073, 3130, 3147, 3173, 3175 and 3184.

The Department of Health and Human Services has advised that a person with the virus shopped at Manor Lakes Central, including at the Coles store, between 11am and noon on October 6.

Anyone who attended the centre during this timeframe, and who displays any COVID-19 symptoms, is urged to get tested immediately.

Organisations include IPC Health and cohealth issued congratulations to municipalities in Melbourne’s north and west last Thursday after zero new cases of the virus were reported in Wyndham, Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Moreland for the first time since March.

In July, 32 suburbs across these areas were put into lockdown, ahead of other regions across Melbourne.

“To have gone from 10 hotspot postcodes in lockdown across the north and west to now having zero new cases in all eight [local government areas] in that region is remarkable,” cohealth chief executive Nicole Bartholomeusz said.

cohealth credited this success to community health providers’ using local expertise and knowledge, developing tailored health information and providing support to residents, making it possible for them to comply with pandemic regulations.

cohealth last week carried out its 25,000 COVID test, since testing commenced from its nine sites operating in Melbourne’s north and west, earlier this year.

A consortium of community health organisations consisting of cohealth, IPC Health, DPV, EACH and Star Health have also rolled mobile Rapid Response Testing teams to factories, schools and meat-packing facilities.