Numurkah Leader
Seven COVID-19 cases confirmed in Moira

THE Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that, as of yesterday afternoon, there were seven Moira Shire residents confirmed to have COVID-19.

NCN Health told the Leader that although none of the cases were diagnosed at NCN Health facilities, it was reasonable to assume that some were residents in NCN Health communities.

A statement from NCN Health said that the five most recent cases  may have been tested at a GP clinic, at GV Health’s Acute Respiratory Clinic (ARC), an NCN Health facility or other location. 

As of yesterday morning, Greater Shepparton also had six confirmed cases - which represented a doubling of the three confirmed cases it reported on Monday.

One inpatient at Goulburn Valley health was among that number. 

Mirroring the situation of the first confirmed case, as reported in last week’s Leader, the second Moira Shire case was confirmed at Yarrawonga Health in a person who had recently returned from overseas and was following mandatory isolation requirements.

All confirmed cases and close contacts are notified and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services. It is understood these people have been self-isolating and are now in quarantine.

NCN Health CEO, Jacque Phillips said it is incredibly important that people in our communities follow the directions from the Victorian Government and health care clinicians when self-isolating and in quarantine. 

“Social distancing is everyone’s responsibility for limiting the spread of coronavirus,” she said.

“It is important that people stay at home when they can, only go out for essential items, practice social distancing (keeping 1.5m apart from others), avoid social gatherings and follow good hygiene – wash hands regularly, and cough or sneeze into your elbow.