Pop-up testing site established in Kilmore

A new pop-up testing site has been set up in Kilmore in response to a COVID-19 outbreak at Oddfellows Cafe in recent days.

The outbreak is linked to the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak, which now has 28 cases linked to it.

The outbreak comes after a man from metropolitan Melbourne on a work permit visited the cafe for breakfast on Wednesday, September 30.

Two people in Mitchell Shire have since tested positive to COVID-19, including one Oddfellows Cafe staff member.

Testing is available at The Kilmore and District Hospital’s drive-through testing site from 9am to 7pm and a pop-up site at the Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall from 4pm to 7pm today and 10am to 6pm tomorrow, October 7.

Hours for Thursday to Sunday at the hall are to be confirmed.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton said anyone who visited the cafe between Wednesday, September 30 and Saturday, October 3 are considered as potential close contacts and should come in for testing even if they do not show any symptoms.

“We have a shared responsibility to do what we can to stop this outbreak from getting any bigger,” he said.

“And if you have a permitted reason to travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional Victoria, please remember the current restrictions in Melbourne follow you into regional Victoria. That means take away only from cafes and restaurants.”

Victoria recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, with the 14-day average of new cases in regional Victoria now 0.3 and in Melbourne now 10.6.