Horsham Rural City mayor Mark Radford has joined calls for people to keep adhering to social distancing restrictions in the wake of the new cases detected in the past two days.
In a statement, Cr Radford acknowledged the growing anxiety in the municipality, and said being kind to others and following instructions were the most important things people could do.
"Our community has been diligent in following the instructions from our health officials and, as the threat comes again, we need to follow those well-rehearsed practises from the last five months," he said.
- Keep washing our hands and using the available hand sanitiser
- Making intentional efforts to keep our distance from one another
- Taking the opportunity to be tested if we have symptoms and
- Follow the directions and restrictions that have been placed on all of us.
"We need to trust those people who are making decisions on our behalf. Many of our local businesses are now back trading, under restrictions, and appreciate our support.
"Working from home is a challenge for many people. We have heroes working in aged care, medical facilities and law enforcement, and, our school teachers need an extra dollop of praise for what they are doing for our young people."
A Horsham Rural City Council spokesman said businesses could collect thermometers provided by the state government for free from the Civic Centre on Roberts Avenue. He said the council was receiving another delivery of these on Friday.
Update 5pm: Northern Grampians Shire mayor Murray Emerson said the news was disheartening.
"It is very disappointing to hear that there is another within the shire," Cr Emerson said.
"While we hope there will be no more cases, that is unexpected."
Cr Emerson said the council will keep a close eye on the matter.
The Northern Grampians Shire chief executive Liana Thompson said the latest case was regrettable.
"It is unfortunate to hear there may be a case in our region and I encourage everyone to continue to be careful, be safe, and be kind to one another," Ms Thompson said.
"It is important we don't let our guard down. We must keep up with increased hygiene and social distancing. We are not immune because we happen to live in the beautiful Northern Grampians Shire."
Earlier: THE Horsham and Northern Grampians municipalities have each recorded one new case of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
It is the second consecutive day of new cases for Horsham, and the first recorded case in the Northern Grampians since March 28.
Horsham recorded two cases on Wednesday. There are now three active cases in the council area, bringing the total to six since the pandemic began.
There are no new recorded cases in Ararat, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack or Hindmarsh, the latter of which has never recorded a case of coronavirus.
Altogether, there have been 311 cases in regional Victoria across the pandemic, not all of which are still active.
Notes from the Department of Health and Human Services:
- Residential location is the residential address provided when the case is notified.
- This is not where they were infected and may not be where the case currently resides.
- Numbers are correct as of 11.59pm last night but are subject to change as cases are followed up and data is analysed.
- The last column shows the number of current active cases in an LGA. Active cases are defined as someone who has tested positive, is currently in isolation and being monitored by the Department and who has not yet recovered.
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