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COVID-19 update - 13 September

Monday, 13 September 2021

From: Professor Eugene Athan, Director of Barwon South West Public Health Unit 

COVID update

There are a total of 13 active cases in the region, including three new cases reported in today’s figures. One is a household contact of the Herne Hill case, while the others are household contacts of the Clifton Springs case.

Contact tracing interviews are continuing and any exposure sites will be listed on the Department of Health website.

A contract tracing team is investigating a positive case from outside our region that has resulted in additional exposure sites on 10 September.

  • Coles, Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre - 6am - 12pm (Tier 1 for staff and Tier 2 for customers)
  • Coffee Hit, Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre - 11am - 12pm (Tier 2)

The Geelong construction site listed as an exposure site is related to a confirmed Melbourne case.

There are three patients with COVID-19 in University Hospital Geelong, transferred as part of the state-wide streaming model to support metropolitan health services. Two are in a stable condition and one is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who is required to travel between Geelong and Melbourne for work is asked to be incredibly vigilant with hand hygiene precautions and mask-wearing, as well as keeping very aware of the latest exposure sites in their community. Everyone should follow this advice, but especially people who are living or working in areas known to have positive cases and exposure sites.

It’s been fantastic to see our vaccination rates continue to rise with steady but significant progress each week.

We’re actively exploring options that will address local postcodes with the lowest vaccination rates to ensure we can minimise some of the barriers to access that these communities might face.