Yarrawonga Health is confident further testing will bring the town's current COVID-19 outbreak under control, after case numbers have increased over the last few weeks.
There have been 70 new cases of COVID recorded in Yarrawonga since Wednesday last week.
Chief executive Elaine Mallows said the outbreak was concerning due to the rapid increase in cases, from a background of quite low numbers.
"However, I am very reassured by the
strong community response," she said.
"If the community continue to get tested should they have symptoms
or have been exposed, I am confident that we will together limit the overall impact of this
Ms Mallows said Yarrawonga Health had this week redeployed staff from its community services to respond to the outbreak.
"This will continue for as long as it is required," she said.
"In addition to our own redeployed staff, I am very thankful for staffing support from Northeast Health Wangaratta and Dorevitch pathology.
Seven Yarrawonga Health staff are
currently furloughed due to isolation requirements.
Ms Mallows said encouraged residents to get tested at the mildest of symptoms, but acknowledged some wait times had initially been "lengthy".
We understand that there is high demand for testing, we appreciate your patience and
understanding, as the demand for testing is significant," she said.
"We are doing what we can to add testing
capacity to ensure that as many people as possible can be tested locally.
"I am pleased to report that we have been able to manage demand for testing, with currently short waiting times.
Where: Yarrawonga Fire Brigade Running Track, Woods Rd, Yarrawonga
When: From 8:30am until capacity is reached
Where: Mulwala Hall, 71 Melbourne st - via back entrance
When: 10:00am - 3:00pm (this Tuesday & Wednesday)
Where: Vincent Road, Wangaratta
When: 8:30am - 3:30pm (7 Days)
Phone: 58710777 for an appointment
When: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Lakeside Clinic Lemke Rd, Gateway Island, Wodonga
When: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Where: Corowa Hospital, Redlands Road
When 10:00am - 3:00pm
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