Speaking at a community forum, health authorities have confirmed there are no exposure sites in Warracknabeal, following two confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The two cases are staying at the Warracknabeal Caravan Park on Lyle Street and it is due to their "effective quarantine" that there are no exposure sites listed in the area.
This includes within the communal facilities of the caravan park itself, however the communal facilities were deep cleaned as a precaution.
Those at the park are encouraged to be tested, although Grampians Health Unit's Dr Aaron Bloch emphasised that this was not mandated.
"It's an opportunity, they are encouraged to get tested," he said.
A pop-up testing clinic in Warracknabeal has been deemed unnecessary due to the lack of exposure sites, Yarriambiack chief exeuctive Jessie Holmes said.
Warracknabeal residents are encouraged to visit testing sites in Horsham if they feel symptoms.
If anyone is unable to travel to Horsham they are encouraged to contact their local GP or other health authorities to arrange testing.
Dr Bloch said although he couldn't reveal much information about the individual cases out of respect for their privacy, they "relate to construction".
Dr Bloch praised the individuals involved for isolating immediately and getting in touch with health authorities.
"Because of their effective isolation there aren't any exposure sites of note," Dr Bloch said.
"It's really a mighty effort on their behalf."
Yarriambiack chief exeuctive Jessie Holmes concurred.
"The two cases have done everything right, they've followed the protocols to a tee. They've been in touch with us, they've been in touch with the Department of Health," Ms Holmes said.
"I cannot stress enough they've done everything required of them, which has meant there are no exposure sites across Warracknabeal."
COVID-19 has reached the Wimmera with two positive cases in Warracknabeal reported late on Friday.
The two cases have been quarantining since being informed they were primary close contacts of a previous positive case.
In order to provide answers to any questions members of the public may have, Grampians Public Health Unit member Dr Aaron Bloch will be available for questions at 2pm, Saturday 25 September for a Zoom webinar, the details of which are as follows:
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2pm.
Topic: Yarriambiack COVID-19 Update
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86250772772
"This news is a timely reminder that COVID is not far away from anyone in Victoria, and that we all need to adhere to the Chief Health Officer's requirements for rural Victoria," a Rural Northwest Health spokesperson said in a statement.
This advice includes:
- . No gatherings in homes, no visitors to homes
- . Keeping physical distance when out and about
- . Wearing a mask at all times indoors and outside
- . Being mindful and careful to check-in using QR codes whenever you can
- . Attending to hand hygiene by using hand sanitiser regularly
Rural Northwest Health implored residents to get tested with even the slightest of symptom: headache, fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue, lethargy, sniffle, off colour.
Testing locations in the Wimmera include:
Wimmera Health Care Group Covid Testing Clinic
Reid Street, Horsham every day of the week between 9am-12pm
Horsham Respiratory Clinic
9am-5pm Monday to Friday and weekends 10-12pm
More to come.
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