Today, the first case of a Wangaratta resident has been confirmed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services but was not tested by Northeast Health Wangaratta.
The confirmed Wangaratta case is not known to us at Northeast Health Wangaratta and may have been tested outside of Wangaratta or at a GP clinic.
Northeast Health Wangaratta can confirm two cases, who were tested at the Northeast Health Wangaratta COVID-19 Screening Clinic, have returned a positive result to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These two are not residents of the Rural City of Wangaratta and have recently travelled overseas.
The two outside of Wangaratta do not require hospital care are currently self-isolating outside of the Rural City of Wangaratta.
Close contacts of the confirmed cases are notified and monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services. Any public exposure sites are contacted and provided with advice about the transmission risks and any cleaning that may be required.
The Northeast Health Wangaratta COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Screening Clinic has to date conducted 533 screening calls. There have been 243 patients who have been tested.
Please call the Northeast Health Wangaratta COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hotline on 1800 324 942 if you have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath and have returned from overseas or been in contact with a confirmed case.
To date, more than 27790 Victorians have been tested for COVID-19. 769 total confirmed cases have tested positive in Victoria. 139 have been in regional Victoria. 193 have recovered. Unfortunately, 4 people have died in Victoria to date.
Everyone is encouraged to follow social distancing practices and maintain good hand hygiene. Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to self-isolate and seek advice. The majority of cases have their acquisition overseas. Just over a quarter have acquired COVID-19 by contact with a confirmed case. The best place to access the latest information is dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus