The number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria reached 968 today, with seven recorded in Mitchell Shire, 14 in the City of Whittlesea and five in Macedon Ranges.

Calls for emergency care packs

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has called on the State Government to prioritise local people in the making of emergency care packs to assist those isolating as a result of COVID-19.

Ms Ryan is also calling for an expansion of the care packs which are presently only being distributed to people who are in mandatory self-isolation and who have no one else to assist them.

“There is a great opportunity here for the government to help keep local people in local jobs, while ensuring the most vulnerable are supported,” Ms Ryan said.

“I am concerned that now the government is instructing people over the age of 70 not to leave home, there are people across our community who will need a greater level of assistance.

“There are many people who require support who are not registered to receive home and community care services.

“There is an opportunity for state government to subcontract local restaurants and cafes which have been forced to close to make meals for people.

“If this work could be done locally, more pubs, restaurants and cafes would be able to keep staff employed through this very difficult time.”

Immunisations encouraged

 In the Macedon Ranges, immunisation session hours have been extended to ensure children can continue to be protected from infectious diseases.

Council’s director of assets and operations Shane Walden said keeping up with immunisations was always important, but was now vital due to the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

“We understand some people may not want to take their children to a clinic at this time, but following through with timely childhood immunisation is important,” he said.

“As a result, our immunisation service is adapting to ensure this can still happen.”

For information on clinic opening times and steps to take before and during appointments, visit: mrsc.vic.gov.au/immunisation.

Foodies, don’t despair

 In the City of Whittlesea, council has pooled together a food directory, telling residents which local businesses are doing take away and home delivery.

For more information visit: http://www.whittleseatourism.com.au/eat-d…/dining-nightlife/