Fourth case of coronavirus recorded in Northern Grampians

A NEW case of coronavirus has been detected in the Northern Grampians Shire Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the Shire to four.

The case is one of five detected in Victoria since midnight on May 25.

Another case was detected at HammondCare aged care facility in Caulfield, and three were detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. 

The new case is the only active one across the Wimmera and Grampians regions. Overall a total of 14 cases have been recorded across the Wimmera region.

State-wide the total number of active cases as of May 26 was 56, and the total number of cases recorded in the state was 1610.

The Department of Health and Human Services stated that there have been 182 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

Currently eight people are in hospital, including three patients in intensive care. 1533 people have recovered.

Victoria's chief health officer Brett Sutton said that although restrictions were being eased, the community must remain vigilant. 

“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” he said.

“Restrictions around some activities have now been eased in Victoria in recognition of the current low rate of community transmission of this virus.

“While encouraging, we need to remain vigilant. It is increasingly important that we stay at home when unwell and get tested, wash our hands regularly, sneeze and cough into our elbow and maintain physical distancing. These are common sense actions to ensure we don’t create a second wave of this serious disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have eased their stringent regulations.

“Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency.

“We are also asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort and get tested if they have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

“People with even the mildest of symptoms of coronavirus including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell are encouraged to get tested.”