There has been a slight easing in COVID-19 restrictions as Whittlesea entered the first step of Victoria's roadmap to reopening on Monday.

THERE is one active case of COVID-19 in Macedon Ranges Shire after a Woodend Coles worker tested positive to the virus last week.

After weeks no active cases, the one active case takes the shire’s total to 10 cases since the pandemic began.

Macedon Ranges’ neighbouring municipalities sit much higher, with Mitchell having 12 active cases and Hume 222.

The Coles team member is self-isolating and the store will continue to trade, according to a statement released by Coles on the weekend.

“A number of team members who worked in close contact have also been asked to self-isolate and Coles will continue to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to finalise contact tracing,” the statement said.

“Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 hygiene practices for supermarkets, and an additional deep clean of the store was arranged.

“Consistent with prior practice developed with the Department of Health, the store can continue to trade and the risk of transmission for customers and team members is very low.”

Monday’s data from the Department of Health and Human Services revealed since Sunday there were 168 new cases of COVID-19 in Victoria.

There are currently 3967 cases state-wide, 2392 of which are from metropolitan Melbourne and 293 from regional Victoria.

Mitchell Shire and greater Melbourne will continue under stage three restrictions, giving residents living in the areas only four reasons to leave home; shopping for food or essential items, care and caregiving, exercise, and work or study if it can’t be completed at home.

Regional Victoria, including Macedon Ranges, remains at stage two restrictions.