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Victoria has recorded just one new COVID19 case today (Friday) – and it appears to have been in the City of Melton.

The municipality now has an all-time total of 1152 cases, including seven that are currently active.

Moorabool has had no known active cases for almost a month now, but its total since the pandemic began has been revised down to 38.

Revised figures have also seen the City of Ballarat’s all-time figure go to 58. It had also seen no active cases since September.

The neighbouring City of Wyndham remains the worst-affected Council with 2265 cases – 15 of them currently active.

Geelong, Golden Plains and Hepburn all have no known active cases at the moment.

Health and Human Services said COVID19 viral fragments – which are not infectious – have been discovered in wastewater at Ararat, where there have been no known cases for months.  East Grampians Health Services has ramped up its COVID19 testing as a result.

Authorities are also acting quickly on a northern suburbs outbreak which has hit 28 people from six households.

DHHS said locals in Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg who had even the mildest of symptoms were encouraged to get tested.

** Victoria has recorded a total number of 20,330 coronavirus cases so far this year. A hundred cases are currently active – 98 of them in the metropolitan area and two in Shepparton.

There have been no new deaths from COVID19 reported since yesterday. The Victorian death toll stands at 817.

Eight people are in hospital, while 19,346 have recovered from the illness.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 5.5 and regional Victoria is 0.3.

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

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## 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.

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

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

You can also use the Call-to-Test Service if you are unable to leave your home. Contact via the COVID19 hotline: 1800 675 398.

People wanting detailed information on the easing of restrictions in different parts of Victoria should go to

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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Main image: Mia Parsons and Tersia Horrocks from the Australian Defence Force help co-ordinate COVID19 testing in country Victoria. Photo Dustin Anderson ADF

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