The Melton council area has recorded 16 fresh COVID19 cases today (Saturday), while Moorabool has seen no new cases and Ballarat 1 new case. Of these, Melton LGA has 351 active, Moorabool 11 and Ballarat also on 11 active cases.

Neighbouring Wyndham remains the worst affected Local Government Area with 1,133 total cases, for which 676 are active.

Golden Plains has 10 active cases out of 15 total cases.

Hepburn is showing us how its done and is currently still sitting on 2.

## Victoria has recorded 397 fresh COVID19 cases today (Saturday) with 37 linked to known outbreaks and 360 under investigation.

Three people have died: a man and woman in their 80s and a woman in her 90s. It takes the state death toil to 116.

Aged care patients now account for 1008 of Victoria’s 10,000-plus cases since the pandemic began.

Currently there are 379 people in hospital including 41 in intensive care – and of those, 24 are on ventilators.

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Posted by Eyewatch – Moorabool Police Service Area on Thursday, 30 July 2020

## Victoria Police have issued 168 fines to people breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions in the last day – including 18 at road checkpoints.

Officers said that in one case a man travelled from Melbourne to Ballarat twice to “get some fresh air”, while in another breach a man was found driving from Bentleigh East to Sunbury for his favourite takeaway food.

Police also fined a man who went from Thornbury to Werribee to get a haircut from his favourite barber.

On top of that,31 infringement notices were given to people failing to wear a face covering. Officers said that in most cases, they had refused masks police had offered them

From 11.59pm tomorrow (Sunday) all regional Victorians over the age of 12 must wear a face covering outside the home.

## Across Victoria, 1461 Australian Defence Force personnel are helping with activities to control the pandemic.

Of those, 263 are helping Health and Human Services with contact tracing, 177 are helping with COVID19 testing,  158 are at police checkpoints – including one on the Western Freeway at Hopetoun Park.

Another 164 are in other logistics roles, including helping the Police Assistance Line call centre in Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat.

## The State Government has also reported a 25 per cent fall in the number of patients turning up to hospital emergency departments over the last three months, compared to the same period in 2019.

The average wait time was 12 minutes.

The decrease in casualty unit and elective surgery patients also led to a decrease in hospitalization generally – with 408,837 Victorians staying overnight – down 84,435 on last year.

State hospital and ambulance data also shows the crews are dealing with an average of 191 potential COVID19 cases a day.

The Andrews Government has also reported 66,906 ambulance callouts for the quarter – down 11 per cent on last year.

## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

Until 28 July 2021, Worksafe must be notified on 13 23 60 when employers or self-employed people become aware of a confirmed diagnosis in the workplace.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000.

There is also a clinic at Ballarat Senior Citizens Centre, 16 Little Bridge Street – open 9am-2pm 7-days. Bookings: 1800 154 172.

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

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