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North East Staff To Assist Shepparton

NORTHEAST Health Wangaratta will increase testing rates amid the Shepparton outbreak with assistance from the defence force and extra staff on the ground.

The staff from Goulburn Valley Health have been overwhelmed with thousands of people showing up the last 2 days to get tested, with health officials forced to turn some away, prompted by 3 people testing positive to COVID-19.

The cases are linked to a Kilmore cluster, after a supplier from Melbourne travelled to the region, and later tested positive for the virus.

Staff from Wangaratta have been sent to Shepparton to assist with testing.

David Kidd, Director of Partnerships and Well-aging at Northeast Health says around 30 people are turning up for testing in Wangaratta per day and they are expecting a greater demand today.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 are being urged to get tested immediately.

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Northeast Health's clinical service executive director, Rebecca Weir, says they are providing around four staff at the screening clinics.

No new cases have emerged in Shepparton, Wangaratta or Benalla since the individual travelled from Kilmore, Benalla and Shepparton on September 30.

The Screening Clinic in Wangaratta has moved to Docker Street next to the hospital. The new drive-through facility is open every day from 8.30am to 5.30pm for pre-booked tests only. When attending your appointment you must remain in your vehicle at all times. If you are unable to attend your appointment in a vehicle please advise staff at the time of booking.

If you have any of these symptoms, however mild, get tested and stay at home
– Fever, chills or sweats

– Cough
– Sore throat
– Shortness of breath
– Runny nose
– Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

Call 1800 324 942 for an appointment

Outside of clinic opening times, calls are diverted to the Victorian Department of Health Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398.

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