Fifty new cases in Albury-Wodonga and two deaths were announced on Friday, as Victoria's COVID commander ventured to the Border for the opening of the newest and biggest testing clinic.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District revealed a fully vaccinated woman in her 90s died at Mercy Place - the sixth death linked to the aged care facility's outbreak - while a single dose vaccinated woman in her 80s died at Southern Cross Care in Albury.
Chief executive Jill Ludford extended her condolences to the families, friends and community.
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"Deaths of COVID-19 are tragic and as we will learn to live with COVID we will really increase our protection through vaccination," she said.
Albury recorded 28 cases, Wodonga had 22, Wangaratta had three and Federation council had one new case.
Eight patients were in hospital with COVID-19.
The Albury Wodonga Health Community COVID Consult Clinic was caring for 270 COVID-positive individuals from across the border region, with the decrease due to many people being discharged from the service.
Albury Wodonga Health said most of the active cases in Wodonga and Wangaratta were household contacts, but in both Wodonga and Wangaratta, there were unlinked cases or cases with an unknown source, so it was important that anyone with even mild symptoms comes forward for testing.
The Lakeside testing clinic at Wodonga's Gateway Lakes was officially opened on Friday.
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