At least seven schools have since become exposure sites, and up to 20,000 people have been required to isolate in the regional city, causing chaos in local workplaces and delays. Supermarket food delivery.
“The most important thing is that people who have been in isolation for 14 days are getting out as quickly and quickly as possible for their own well-being,” said Shepparton independent MP Susanna Shedd.
Ms Shedd said she was meeting with health officials to discuss community needs and resource allocation late Monday.
About 500 Goulburn Valley Health workers have been asked to isolate in the latest outbreak and the military was called in to assist with testing last week.
Burrell said local businesses were struggling with much of their workforce in isolation.
“The economy needs workers ASAP,” he said. “There are some key people in the silos and production has had to slow down.”
Community groups in Shepparton have united to deliver hundreds of boxes of food to people unable to leave their homes – especially after many supermarket workers were asked to isolate food and were unable to deliver food.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said plans are in place to ensure that everyone who needs a day 13 test gets a test “in a timely manner”.
Some people are already receiving tests on Day 13, but Thursday and Friday are likely to be the busiest days of the week, said Matt Sharp, CEO of Goulburn Valley Health.
He said that work is in full swing on preparations for the tests, and they will likely yield more positive cases. So far, more than 21,000 people in Shepparton have been tested for the coronavirus.
But Sharpe said local data suggests people have been waiting on average more than two days from the onset of symptoms to get tested.
At least six patients infected with COVID-19 required to be transferred from Shepparton for treatment as their condition deteriorated while ‘few people’ received treatment locally.
“People who contracted the Delta type got really well,” Sharp said.
The looming 13 day tests in Shepparton come after Wharparilla Lodge was listed in the Echuca Community for the Aged last week as an exposure site.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it’s good news that neither residents or staff at the aged care facility have tested positive afterward, although the quarantine period will remain.
“They still need to go through this quarantine period. They can still test positive,” he said. “But it seems to be under control and obviously no transmission has been detected yet.”
Professor Sutton said authorities would consider easing restrictions on regional sites where there has been no transmission and where they are not at risk.
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