The City of Melton has recorded a single new COVID19 case today (Friday), while no new cases have been reported in Moorabool or Ballarat.

Wyndham, Golden Plains and Hepburn also have no new coronavirus cases.

Melton has now recorded 1096 known cases since the pandemic began, with 121 still considered active. That is down from 132 yesterday.

Moorabool has seen 40 known cases, with eight considered active – down from 10 on Thursday.

The City of Ballarat has seen an all-time total of 61 cases, with three currently active (down from 4).

The City of Wyndham is still the worst-affected Local Government Area in the State with a total of 2138 cases since the start of the year and 234 still considered active (down from 270).

The neighbouring City of Greater Geelong has seen two new cases overnight – taking the all-time total to 362.

It continues to be the worst-affected council area in regional Victoria and has 38 active cases (unchanged from yesterday).

** There have been 213 cases linked to Werribee’s BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community.

Statewide, 1121 cases are related to aged care.

All but one of the 15 fatalities recorded in the last day have also been linked to aged care.

It takes the State death toll to 591.

** Healthcare workers account for 3241 cases, with 337 still active.

** Across Victoria, there are now 2295 active cases – and of those, 361 patients are in hospital including 20 in intensive care.

So far 16,370 people have recovered from the virus.

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** At Djerriwarrh Health Services, the number of COVID patients admitted to the Hospital in the Home program has dropped off dramatically.

The Bacchus Marsh-Melton hospital service is supporting 22 people – down from 56 a week ago.

DjHS has also carried out 433 tests in the last week (compared to 1500 a month ago) and a total of 21,705 since the pandemic began.

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Posted by Djerriwarrh Health Services on Wednesday, 2 September 2020

** Victoria Police have issued 163 fines in the last day for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

Of those, 21 were for failing to wear a face covering and 55 were for breaches of the 8pm-5am metropolitan curfew.

Police and defence force personnel have inspected 19,289 vehicles at checkpoints, issuing 27 fines.

The number of spot checks on homes, businesses and public places continues to fall, with 3293 carried out over the last 24 hours.  A total of 378,635 have been carried out since late March.

In one case, police said three men were found hiding in a shed at a property in Wyndham after police were called to a noise complaint.

One of the males stated he was visiting friends at this address and did not live there.

** Meanwhile, officers continue to arrest people organizing anti-lockdown protests.

Police executed a search warrant in Taylors Hill this morning after an ongoing investigation into the organisation and encouragement of protest activity in the CBD this Saturday.
As a result of the search warrant, police seized several devices including a mobile phone and laptops, as well as five samurai swords.
A 27-year-old man has been charged with incitement, possession of prohibited weapons and two counts of resisting police.
He has been bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates Court on 5 May 2021.

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

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open the new hours of 9am-4.30pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

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

In Ballarat, you can get tested at UFS Lucas (bookings 4311 1571), but only if you have symptoms.

You can also get a test at Ballarat’s Senior Citizens Centre, 16 Little Bridge St, 9am-2pm 7-days (1800 054 172).

Interstate truckers or people awaiting surgery can get tested at Australian Clinical Labs, 110 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat, but they will need a GP referral.

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

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

You can anonymously report people doing the wrong thing by calling 1800 675 398 (option 4) and police will follow up.

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14 (24 hours), via text on 0477 13 11 14 or via online chat:

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