It’s been more than three weeks since Moorabool recorded a fresh coronavirus case, so why is the shire still not officially COVID-free?

Today’s Health and Human Services figures show the municipality has one known active case – down from two yesterday.

Postcode data shows the infected person is in the 3340 Bacchus Marsh area.

So if surviving patients are recovering around 14-days after acute symptoms hit, what is going on…?

DHHS said it may be related to “clinical clearance criteria”.

This means a person will have officially ‘recovered’ if:

** They’ve had no symptoms for the previous 72 hours, and

** At least 10 days have passed since the onset of the acute illness, and

** There’s been a noted improvement in symptoms, and

** A risk assessment has been conducted by DHHS.

“Once a case has officially been cleared by the department and the relevant alterations are made to the case on the department’s database, a case will move out of the active category and only be reflected in the cumulative total for that Local Government Area,” a DHHS spokesperson said.

Moorabool has also seen its ‘all-time’ figures shift in strange ways as well.

From August 15 to 16, the shire jumped from a total of 26 cases since the pandemic began, to just 25.

It happened again on August 23 and 24, when Moorabool went from 34 all-time cases to 33 – and yet again on September 21 (from 40 to 39).

The Shire’s all-time figure has remained on 39 ever since.

The department said data was continually analysed and clarified as our contact tracing teams gathered more information.

“Our data reflects… the residential address provided when the case is notified,” the spokesperson said.

“This is not necessarily where the person was infected and may not be where the individual currently resides.”

** The City of Melton has also seen plenty of revised totals.

Between August 26 and 27, Melton fell from a total of 1047 cases to 1044 – and between September 16 and 17 from 1138 to 1132.  

Melton’s total number of coronavirus cases since the start of the year now sits on 1136.

It makes Melton the fifth worst-affected municipality in the state for all-time infections – behind Wyndham (2238), Brimbank (2036), Hume (1647) and Whittlesea (1197).

Today (Wednesday) Melton recorded 43 active cases – a huge fall from yesterday’s figure of 62.

Greater Geelong’;s figures have remained static with 366 all-time cases and two that are still active.

Ballarat, Golden Plains and the Hepburn Shire remain free of known coronavirus cases.

** Melbourne’s closely-watched 14-day COVID case average is down again, to 29.4.

Regional Victoria is down to 1.1 – with no new cases coming from an unknown source.

The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

** 18,713 people have recovered from the virus.

 ** DHHS said five new coronavirus deaths had been reported since yesterday (Tuesday) – and all were linked to aged care outbreaks.

The state death toll now stands at 771.

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Posted by Ballarat Community Health on Monday, 21 September 2020

** A total of 2,609,485 test results have been received which is an increase of 11,123 since yesterday.

With a population of 6.49 million, it means one in four of all Victorians have been tested for the virus.

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Posted by Djerriwarrh Health Services on Sunday, 20 September 2020

** Victoria Police have issued 83 fines to people breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions, including eight for failing to wear a face covering, seven at vehicle checkpoints and 20 for curfew breaches.

Vehicle checks are ramping up again – with 26,966 checked in the last 24 hours.

## 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 9am-4.30pm weekdays and 9am-12pm Sundays and public holidays. It is now closed on Saturdays.

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.

People wanting detailed information on the easing of restrictions in different parts of Victoria should go to https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps

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: www.lifeline.org.au

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