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Positive cases in Moira Shire now at seven

By James Bennett

The number of people in Moira Shire who have tested positive for COVID-19 has risen to seven, while Berrigan Shire has reported its first case.

Two of the confirmed cases are in the Yarrawonga Health district, while NCN Health would not say if there are any confirmed cases within its district.

The location of the Berrigan Shire confirmed case in unknown.

The Federation Shire sits at six cases.

No information has been provided about where in the council areas the patients reside or their recent movements.

Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said it proves all areas across the country are vulnerable to confirmed cases.

“It's a timely reminder that the Berrigan Shire isn't immune to COVID-19 pandemic that's going on nationally and worldwide,” he said.

“It is so important we adhere to what experts are saying, if you don't need to go outside, don't.

“The message we need to follow is simple and as long as we keep safe, don't unnecessarily travel and continue to self-distance we can slow down the spread to our community.

“For the person who tested positive in our community, I wish you a safe and speedy recovery at home.”

Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica said coronavirus fears have forced many changes to council services.

“Our customer service centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga are now closed for the foreseeable future, however you can still easily contact us in several ways – request a service or pay a bill via our website www.moira.vic.gov.au, email us at [email protected] or give us a call on 5871 9222.

“Unfortunately, council buildings, reserves and infrastructure have had to close including the sports stadium in Cobram, the Numurkah Aquatic and Fitness Centre, the Yarrawonga splash park, recreation reserves, playgrounds, skate parks and public barbecues.

“Three of our smaller transfer stations have also closed for the foreseeable future – Tungamah, Yabba and Strathmerton.

“In addition, for the health and safety of staff and the community cash payments will not be accepted at the remaining transfer stations, it is EFTPOS only until further notice.

“The latest advice is we have potentially months of restrictions as we head towards winter, so if we all play our part we will be better placed to recover from the health and economic impacts that are now unfolding globally and locally.”

For more information about the coronavirus, visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au