A SECOND case of COVID-19 has been confirmed by the department of health for the Campaspe region.
This takes the total number of cases in Victoria to 1085 – an increase of 49 from yesterday.
The total number of cases includes 577 men and 504 women. Cases range in age from babies to their early 90s.
The case notifications are made according to someone’s registered place of residence, not where the infection was acquired, and it is not known where in the shire the case is registered to.
Currently 37 people are in hospital – including seven patients in intensive care – and 476 people have recovered.
The Department of Health and Human Services follows up and monitors all close contacts of confirmed cases and provides them with information and support. All close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days.
There are only four reasons for Victorians to leave their home: food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton today stressed the importance for Victorians to get a flu vaccine ahead of the coming influenza season.
“Influenza is a serious illness that kills many Victorians each year. With COVID-19 now also circulating in the state, a widespread influenza outbreak would be a devastating double-whammy for our health services to cope with,” he said.
“The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year and I encourage everyone to get their annual flu shot from now.”
“It is also important that workplaces that are still operating continue to offer their usual employee influenza immunisation programs.”
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for public information on COVID-19, which is 1800 675 398.
Large numbers of calls can result in some delays and we ask Victorians for their patience as we work to manage the volume.
For more information visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus