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Australia North East Victoria records numerous new COVID cases

08:55  24 september  2021
08:55  24 september  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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COVID-19 has trickled into North East Victoria with several new cases recorded across the region.

Albury Wodonga Health confirmed there are three positive cases in Wodonga. 

One is a close contact of a COVID-positive person from outside the region, the other two cases are close contacts of the first case. 

Wilson St Store in Wodonga has been identified as a tier two exposure site on Tuesday September 21 between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Woolworths in White Box Rise is also expected to be listed as a tier two exposure site but details have not been updated on the Department of Health's website.

Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the cases are "under control". 

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"The Albury Wodonga area has obviously seen a few cases, but they are known contacts and being managed in quarantine during their infectious period."  

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Across the Murray River, Albury has also recorded one new case of COVID-19 bringing the Local Government Area's total number of active cases to five.

A spokesperson from Murrumbidgee Local Health District said the new case was a household contact of a previously identified case in Albury. 

They have been in isolation and it is unlikely there will be any exposure sites as a result. 

The additional case comes just days after the town emerged from a seven-day lockdown and was downgraded to a red zone by the Victorian Government.

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Shepparton records new cases

Meanwhile, two people have tested positive to COVID-19 in Greater Shepparton. 

Goulburn Valley Health's Chief Executive Matt Sharp says one of the cases has a Shepparton address and the other resides in the Campaspe Shire but is currently in the town.

The new cases are believed to be acquired from a transport driver and is not linked to the previous outbreak.

GV Health understands they were infectious in the community from Wednesday September 15. 

Contact tracing is underway and exposure sites are expected to be identified.

A total of three new cases have been recorded in the Campaspe Shire, including the person currently in Shepparton.

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A second person has tested positive to COVID-19 in Wangaratta, who is a household contact of the previous case that attended Northeast Health Wangaratta's Emergency Department on Monday night. 

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Northeast Health Wangaratta said the new case had been isolating since Tuesday but it expected a small number of additional exposure sites to be added.

Numerkah Cobram Nathalia Health Chief Executive Jacque Phillips says one new case has been recorded in the Moira Shire but it is under review and the person is being re-tested today.

The Mitchell Shire has also recorded nine new cases of COVID-19. 

Mr Sutton said as more people got vaccinated there was less of a need to lockdown regional communities. 

"Every day that passes with more and more regional Victorians getting vaccinated is again a great defence against the need for a lockdown," he said. 

"The great majority of people who have been close contacts are also vaccinated and have that protect so we'll be more and more confident as time goes by that a few cases in some regional areas will not necessarily require a lockdown."

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