Mr Weimar said that although Victoria’s position during the eruption “was not shaky”, there was “grumbling transmission” in the western suburbs where they needed to concentrate all their efforts.
He said there are larger family units incurring COVID-19 in Melbourne’s north and west suburbs, while outbreaks in Shepparton and at Royal Melbourne hospital have been “clearly defined”.
“COVID cases … are happening around us,” he said. “They are more prevalent, we have exposure sites in Brighton as well as in Melton, so people need to have a habit of just controlling these exposure targets.”
Foley said the western suburbs of Melbourne had a major outbreak because several essential workers lived in these LGAs.
“Then there are other issues about a very small number of people – they are not just limited to the western suburbs – who do not follow the rules, and that puts everyone in danger,” he said.
In response to a shift from NSW to set a target date for a return to classroom teaching on Friday, Foley said he was “eager” to see schools reopened while still working to get VCE students back in the classrooms.
He said the only constraint holding the state government back from planning reopening of schools was the issue of security of vaccination supply.
“This particular outbreak has been disproportionately large in younger people, so you have to make sure that when we reopen schools, it happens safely,” he said.
“We are making all of these decisions (including on lockdown) based on the most up-to-date advice, and at the moment with another six days to go, it’s too early to make that call.”
Foley said he thought new recommendations on reopening schools would come to the National Cabinet this afternoon.
Victorian health authorities encourage grandparents to care for their grandchildren only if they are vulnerable or if their parents are licensed workers, as the state outbreak is at a ‘crossroads’.
The advice is part of the chief health manager’s instructions on staying at home, which are published on the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s website.
The executive order states that children can only be cared for by a person who is not a parent or guardian if the children are vulnerable and need home care, if their caregiver is a licensed worker, or if their guardian needs to provide necessary goods or walk for health care services.
Weimar said the orders were an “update” in which the public should consider all ways to reduce social contact and not visit other family members during the outbreak.
“I think we’re at a crossroads as a community, we have to say, ‘Is this just too hard,’ and we just want to let it go, or are we struggling and getting those numbers down again,” he said. .
“If your nan takes care of your child every Tuesday and it’s a normal thing, you can consider it part of your normal household activity and think it’s okay, but at this point it’s not.
“It is really stupid, but we are trying to do everything we can to reduce this contact now, because the issues we are talking about in the west – and it can happen in any other part of our city or county – are still being pursued. of them by the tiny little stock exchanges. ”
There are now 9,000 Pfizer first-dose appointments available in Victoria through mid-September, with more than 100,000 AstraZeneca doses available until the end of September.
Weimar said 86 percent of those over 70 had received at least one vaccine, with 80 percent of those over 60 having a sting. About 75 percent of those 50 years or older have received at least one vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine
Foley said Victoria now needs all the vaccine supply “we can get our hands on” at the request of people between the ages of 18 and 39, and he would make that clear to the federal government.
He also noted that private elderly carers were required to be vaccinated before September 17 under a requirement from the federal government.
It comes after a fully vaccinated employee at Wharparilla Lodge in Echuca tested positive for the virus overnight.
The female employee worked in late August 20, and Mr Weimar noted that they believe it was a “short” exposure period. There are now 40 employees on the deadline from the elderly care center.
Distribute the 79 new COVID cases announced today by group:
- 10 cases related to Shepparton;
- A new case in the Royal Melbourne Hospital cluster;
- Nine new cases linked to Broadmeadows;
- Six new cases are linked to the Carlton-Brunswick cluster;
- Two new cases in the Caroline Springs outbreak;
- 46 new cases in the western suburbs of Melbourne, of which 12 in the Wyndham and 11 in Newport;
- A new case in Geelong;
- Two new cases in the city of Monash; and
- Two other cases are still under investigation.
A new authorization system will be established for those traveling to Victoria from abroad, where international arrivals will be tested again on day 17.
A test on Day 21 would also be highly recommended, Foley said after talks in the National Cabinet and the Australian Health Protection Committee.
More than 50,500 test results were returned Thursday, while 33,611 vaccination doses were administered nationwide.
The numbers come as several venues emerged in major regional cities along the NSW border, including Echuca, Kyabram and Shepparton.
The Sir Ian McLennan Center in Mooroopna, near Shepparton, has been added as a new tier-1 site.
Independent MP for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed said that with hundreds of hospital staff in the region extended due to exposure points and a major local supermarket closed on Friday, many “vulnerable” people have been left stranded.
Ms Sheed said the issue of getting food and pantry goods for people in Shepparton and Mooroopna was exacerbated by the fact that many drivers in the supermarket – more than 40 from a Shepparton depot – also had to insulate.
“A whole bunch of things that are really practical, everyday things that have pretty much stopped,” she told me 3AW Breakfast.
“There is a whole vulnerable group in our society of disadvantaged people who really need food aid,” she said. “And even though there are a lot of organizations working in that space, one of the problems we have is that so many of our volunteers are also locked inside.”
New exposure sites were also listed overnight in Port Melbourne, Hoppers Crossing, Yarraville, Geelong, Tarneit, Sunshine, Vermont South.
Borgcraft in Altona was also added as a tier-1 spot.
Meanwhile, Barwon Health confirmed late Thursday night that it was working with the Department of Health to investigate new exposure sites in a supermarket and a kebab shop in the city, “with contact tracking underway”.
More on the way