No new additional cases linked to the northern metropolitan outbreak have been discovered after more than 1,135 tests results were returned to the Department of Health and Human Services today.
Victoria’s Commander of Testing and Community Engagement Jeroen Weimar said the test results returned today have so far been negative, which was reassuring when taken in addition to the 2500 results from yesterday.
He said there was a huge response from the community to the call to get tested, with more than 13,000 people being tested in Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland and Nillumbik since 20 October.
1400 swabs taken today are already in the labs and testing will proceed throughout the evening.
“This testing enables us to get a very clear picture of how many cases there are and ensure there is a plan in place for everyone who tests positive along with the close contacts.
“There will at times no doubt be delays as more people come forward, but we are so appreciative of everyone making the effort, particularly during these colder spring days.”
There are currently 39 cases linked to the outbreak, including cases associated with East Preston Islamic College and Croxton Special School. DHHS continues to investigate links between the outbreak and other positive cases within the area.
Mr Weimar said a special paediatric pop up site had also been established to cater for the very specific needs to the Croxton Special School community.
“People have really embraced this call to action for which we are very grateful. We continue to meet with community and business leaders to ensure everyone has the information they need.”
He said the community’s actions showed a real willingness to do whatever was necessary to get on top of the virus and assist in managing its transmission.
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