First Moira COVID-19 case

By James Bennett

Moira Shire has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Although no details have been provided regarding prior movements and where the person is from within the municipality, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case about 1 pm yesterday.

But NCN Health chief executive Jacque Phillips said there had been no confirmed cases at NCN Health.

"Any confirmed cases and close contacts are notified and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services,” Ms Phillips said.

"NCN Health is taking advice from the Department of Health and Human Services and we are making preparations to protect the health and safety of staff, residents, patients, clients and the community.

"We are responding to new advice from Commonwealth and state governments and working closely with a range of health services and experts."

Greater Shepparton also yesterday reported its third case in a matter of days. 

A case was also confirmed in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District on Sunday but its location was not revealed.

In a statement released by DHHS, it said the total number in the state had risen to 411 but only 41 of those cases were spread across regional Victoria.

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

"Currently 12 people are in hospital, including two patients in intensive care. One hundred and thirteen people have recovered.

"More than 25 000 Victorians have been tested to date.”  

DHHS went on to say it closely monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and advised anyone who has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive to self-isolate for 14 days.

MHLD said in a statement yesterday there was no confirmed cases since Sunday.

Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica reminded the local community to stay vigilant during these unknown times. 

"As this situation is unprecedented, we are all needing to be flexible and responsible – we are meeting daily to review any new information that comes to hand and make decisions accordingly," he said.

"Everyone has a role to play in protecting yourself and your family and there is no better way than to start with your personal health and if you are felling unwell, please stay at home."

If anyone suspects they have coronavirus please call the hotline on 1800 675 398. If visiting a hospital or GP, please ring before attending.