Health Care

Testing continues after COVID-19 case in Kilmore

The rolling 14-day case average for Metropolitan Melbourne remains in single digits, sitting at 9.7 for the fortnight to 7 October, the Department of Health said on Thursday.

The number reflects the total number of mystery cases recorded between September 22 and October 5. The other five cases remain under investigation. "To date, 809 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria", it added.

REGIONAL Victoria could soon take more "small steps" forward according to Premier Daniel Andrews. Therefore, we didn't have to sub-divide regional Victoria into lots of different zones.

"It's not the detection of a positive case that's the problem - that's exactly what we need", he said on Thursday.

There are now 31 cases linked to a butcher shop at Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne's east, causing concern for health authorities.

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It also included, "Testing is continuing in response to the Chadstone Shopping Center outbreak and a related outbreak at the Oddfellows Cafe in Kilmore".

Under usual guidelines someone would not be considered a close contact and required to self-isolate unless they had more than 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or had been in the same room for more than two hours.

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the past 14 days is 12 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero for regional Victoria.

The metric is key as officials in the second-most-populous state are reluctant to ease mobility restrictions until the rolling average in the two-week window falls below five.

However the State Government has said officials will also consider the "narrative" surrounding case numbers, such as how many are connected to contained outbreaks.

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