COVID-19

COVID-19 test delays causing havoc in the Mitchell Shire

By Tricia Mifsud Mitchell Shire businesses are having to close doors and minimise trading hours due to shortages and delays in staff receiving COVID-19 test results. Despite lockdowns finishing, businesses are being affected by staff shortages...

Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre vaccination hub reopens

A MASS vaccination hub has returned to the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, PRACC, in South Morang to support the effort to deliver thousands of third doses in coming weeks. Northern Health will again...

COVID-19 continues to cause chaos

The new year has started with COVID-19 again causing chaos as the Omicron variant produces a surge in case numbers across Australia, affecting businesses and daily life across the region. It is estimated more than...

Demand soars for COVID-19 tests as restrictions change in Victoria

AS the State Government today announced tighter restrictions due a spike in COVID-19 cases, Kilmore District Health has reminded the Mitchell Shire community of its testing practices. The reminder comes after some people attended Kilmore...

Normal life by November: Everything you can do from this weekend and beyond

Victoria is expected to reach its vaccination targets early, resulting in a further easing of restrictions, starting Friday. Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday that, after 20 months of restrictions, life in Victoria will return...

“Doesn’t make sense”: Tooborac trudges through lockdowns despite only two cases since March 2020

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Businesses in small towns on the Mitchell Shire’s northern border are pleading for a more localised approach to COVID-19 restrictions in future, after trudging through extended lockdowns despite low cases. Tooborac, a town...

How to access health support from home if you test COVID positive in the...

Kilmore District Hospital, Northern Health and Seymour Health have launched or will launch in-home health support programs for residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not require hospitalisation. Kilmore District Hospital, KDH, launched...

Why is Mitchell Shire still locked down despite zero exposure sites?

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has called for answers on why Mitchell Shire remains in lockdown despite overall case numbers decreasing and no exposure sites offcially listed. As of yesterday the total case number for...

NCR readers reflect on lockdown as Melbourne’s lockdown breaks world record

FATIGUED, missing out, over it, bitter, grateful, happy, heartbreaking, done: these are some words Mitchell Shire residents have employed to describe their feelings about an extended local lockdown, as metropolitan Melbourne’s lockdown breaks the...

COVID disaster payments to end when full vaccination reaches 80 per cent

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the COVID-19 disaster payment scheme for workers who have lost income will end, state by state, when a full vaccination rate of 80 per cent is reached, regardless...