The Victorian health department's refusal to say whether positive cases of COVID-19 are in the region is unacceptable and damages the public's faith in the system, member for Benambra Bill Tilley said.
Mr Tilley's comments come after the Department of Health and Human Services announced a Wodonga resident had tested positive to COVID-19, but would not say if the person was a returned traveller or was currently in the region.
Albury Wodonga Health and Central Medical Group both said the case did not come through their facilities.
Last week, DHHS' daily statistics showed a Wangaratta resident had tested positive to COVID-19.
North East Health confirmed the test did not come from them.
The next day DHHS removed the case from the statistics without explanation.
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Mr Tilley said the community needed to know if a Wodonga resident on the Border had tested positive, or whether the person was hundreds of kilometres away but with a Wodonga address.
He said the NSW Health Department were able to provide a simple description, so Victoria should as well.
Last week, NSW Health said a Junee resident in Sydney had tested positive.
"We deserve to have the basic details and this current practice is just unacceptable," he said. "The role of DHHS is to protect the community and to offer scant details just feeds fear and misinformation that ends up in a social media lynching.
"In stark contrast to NSW Health it appears the Victorian Government thrives on being secretive and sneaky.
"It damages their own credibility and the public's faith in the system."
For months DHHS have declined to provide location information citing privacy concerns. DHHS was contacted for comment.