Positive test for Gannawarra resident

By Riverine Herald

CORONAVIRUS is moving closer to Echuca-Moama, with a case confirmed in Gannawarra shire.

It is one of 67 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria, bringing the total number to 296.

A case has also been confirmed in Greater Shepparton.

The new cases include 42 men and 25 women, with people aged from late teens to early eighties.

At the present time, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

Currently six people are recovering in hospital, and 70 people have recovered. More than 22,900 Victorians have been tested to date.

Of the total 296 cases, there have been 256 in metropolitan Melbourne and 25 in regional Victoria. A number of cases remain under investigation.

Multiple cases have occurred in the regional local government areas of Greater Geelong (8) Ballarat (3), Surf Coast (2), Warrnambool (2) and Macedon Ranges (2).

Latrobe, Yarriambiack, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Moorabool, Mitchell, Mildura and Greater Shepparton have all recorded one case.

The Department of Health and Human Services follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support. All close contacts must self-isolate for 14-days.

While most Victorians are voluntarily complying with requests to isolate, Police have strong powers to enforce the direction if it’s required

Under the State of Emergency people who don’t comply with a directive could receive a fine of up to $20,000.

Companies face fines of up to $100,000.

For the virus to spread, extended close personal contact is most likely required. Close personal contact is at least 15 minutes face-to-face or more than two hours in the same room.