Four COVID-19 cases in Mitchell

There are four active cases of COVID-19 in the Mitchell Shire, taking its total to 14 cases since the pandemic hit Australia.

Victoria is experiencing a steady increase in active cases, particularly in sections of metropolitan Melbourne.

Yesterday there were 75 new cases across the state, with the latest cases ‘overwhelmingly concentrated’ in 10 Melbourne suburbs identified as community transmission hotspots.

The nearest hotspots to the Mitchell Shire are Broadmeadows and Fawkner.

According to data published yesterday, Mitchell’s neighbouring municipality, Hume, has 54 active cases, taking its total cases to 139, the highest for a local government area in the state.

The City of Whittlesea, with 16 active cases, taking its total to 58 cases.

There has been a known outbreak in Wollert, with a total of 10 cases, including one close contact of an existing case who attended a social gathering where the outbreak originated.

Macedon Ranges Shire Council has no active cases, with its total remaining at nine cases.

Priority suburbs include Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham, with Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows identified as the current focus of testing.

The State Government’s community engagement team will be in Epping this week, speaking with residents in shopping areas and going door-to-door with the latest COVID-19 health advice.

Epping is not listed as a hotspot, but the State Government has expanded its community engagement program to provide information in a bid to help stop the spread of coronavirus.