With a new normal setting in for Melton locals, Bacchus Marsh residents are enjoying freedoms with a stage two lock down instead of stage three.

The Melton Council area overnight has recorded three new COVID19 cases bringing the total since the pandemic began to 91. The number of active cases has dropped to 19, down from 21 yesterday.

The neigbouring City of Wyndham has seen an increase of 22 cases, bringing the total to 211. Of those, 133 are still active.

Ballarat and Hepburn have recorded no change.

Moorabool continues to buck the state trend with no new cases – but the shire is still subject to stage two restrictions. It means locals are unable to travel to Melton or other metro areas unless it’s for one of the four approved activities.

Police have been active in the Moorabool Shire today, blocking the Western Freeway at Hopetoun Park and stationing Police for ID checks at Coles Bacchus Marsh.

Last week Moorabool Councillor Dudzik called for a drive thru testing for station for Bacchus Marsh. We asked you what you think via a poll on our Facebook page. So far we’ve seen 560 respondents, with 362 wanting an extra Bacchus Marsh testing facility and 198 saying no.

One of the main differences with the current lockdown is the rate of community transmission. There are currently 477 community transmission cases under investigation.

All up, Victoria currently has 2,273 cases – with 932 active.

Two of the new cases recorded in Victoria overnight were emergency department staff at the Sunshine Hospital.

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Author: Dev