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GV Health patient tests positive for COVID-19

By Morgan Dyer

An inpatient at Goulburn Valley Health has tested positive for COVID-19.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said the patient would continue to be treated by the hospital's clinical team yesterday afternoon.

“This person is being treated and cared for in isolation with the required precautions being adhered to,” Mr Sharp said.

It is unknown what the patient was originally being treated for but Mr Sharp said the Department of Health and Human Services would conduct follow-up contact tracing and other management requirements.

The inpatient is not believed to be from Greater Shepparton with recent figures from DHHS showing the region's COVID-19 cases remain at three.

All of these cases recently returned from overseas and are now recovering at home in self-isolation.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Moira Shire rose to six over the weekend - three of which were tested at GV Health and had recently returned from overseas, according to Mr Sharp.

Two of the patients were assessed in GV Health Acute Respiratory Clinic while the third was assessed by their GP with swabs sent to GV Health’s Pathology service.

Mr Sharp said everyone was responsible for limiting the spread of virus.

“I cannot stress how important it is for people to follow the directions from the Victorian Government and health care clinicians regarding what is required when people are self-isolating, in quarantine and the importance of social distancing,” Mr Sharp said.

The number of cases in Victoria had risen to 769 people yesterday.

Four Victorians have died from the virus.

The cases include 419 men and 346 women who are aged from three to 88.

It is believed 21 of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria may have been acquired through community transmission.

More than 39 000 Victorians have been tested to date.

For information visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or phone the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

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