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COVID testing increases at Echuca Regional Health after long weekend

By Anna McGuinness

COVID-19 testing at Echuca Regional Health has increased since the long weekend, which saw an influx of tourists to the area.

ERH emergency department nurse unit manager Craig Frew said the health service saw an increase in the number of people presenting for testing on Tuesday, "including several members of the same family".

Despite there being more people out and about in the twin towns, the total number of presentations to the emergency department at ERH were similar to previous weekends.

However, there was a small increase compared to the early days of the pandemic when numbers were very low.

There are currently no active cases of coronavirus in the region. The four people previously diagnosed in Campaspe Shire and two people in Gannawarra Shire have all recovered, and there have been no reported cases in the Murray River Council area since the start of the pandemic.

Despite few new cases recorded this week, Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton urged people to remain vigilant.

“Recording zero cases [on Monday] is encouraging, but this pandemic is far from over and now is not the time for complacency,” he said.

“Thanks to Victorians playing their part, staying at home and getting tested, we have made some great progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus.”

Professor Sutton said it was "critically important" for those who attended the Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne on Saturday to get tested if they developed any symptoms — no matter how mild.

Yesterday slight changes to visitor restrictions at ERH came into effect in line with government directions.

Patients in the high dependency unit, medical, surgical or rehabilitation wards are now allowed up to two visits per day, provided the total time for these visits is no longer than two hours and the total number of visitors is no more than two.

Children under the age of 16 are discouraged from visiting.

Visiting hours remain between 4 pm and 8 pm for all inpatient wards.

More details on the changes can be found on the ERH Facebook page.

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