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New coronavirus cases in Greater Geelong, Colac-Otway

Updated: Jul 29

JESSICA COATES and TAMARA McDONALD, Geelong Advertiser


Colac-Otway Mayor Jason Schram has called on the State Government to lock down the shire’s schools and aged care facilities as the local health authority performs a testing blitz.


Colac-Otway Mayor Jason Schram has called on the State Government to lock down the shire’s schools and aged care facilities as the local health authority performs a testing blitz.


It comes as four new coronavirus cases were recorded in the G21 region as Victoria recorded its worst daily increase of the pandemic on Monday with 532 new daily cases.


Three new cases were reported for the Colac-Otway Shire, which had 51 cases, with all but one active.


More than 47 confirmed infections have been linked to an outbreak at the Australian Lamb Company, with a number of other businesses also forced to shut up shop.



Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Monday reclassified all 750 abattoir workers as close contacts, despite advice two days earlier informing workers they weren’t required to isolate.


It’s understood employees attended supermarkets, local pubs and other venues for 48 hours after the first case was confirmed on July 17.





Cr Schram said the initial health advice and a slow State Government response could have a devastating impact on the tight knit community and its local economy.


“The decision could be potentially disastrous,” he said.


“But the way the Colac community has been proactive in self-isolating would hold us in good stead. It would’ve potentially saved lives.”

Cr Schram said the ADF had been a “massive help” in taking the pressure off Colac Area Health amid increased testing.


Testing with the ADF at Colac. Covid cases surging in Colac.


“We’re calling for stage three restrictions to apply to our schools and aged care facilities,” Cr Schram said. “We don’t want this getting into our nursing homes when they’re our most vulnerable residents.”


He said the first round of social distancing restrictions had a “major impact” on local businesses and many were still struggling to recover.


“We understand the State Government is overwhelmed right now, but this was frustrating at the start on a number of levels,” he said. “It took strong conversations in the media to even get a phone call.”


Meanwhile, one new case was added to Greater Geelong’s total tally, but one case was removed from the active total, which remained steady at 31.


Surf Coast and Golden Plains remained stable with four and five active cases respectively.

Victoria reported recorded six further fatalities, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 77.


The closure of Grovedale West Primary, prompted by a second coronavirus case at the school, was extended and it students remained off campus yesterday.


The school first closed for a day last Monday, and then reopened for two days, after a student was diagnosed with coronavirus. It’s understood that the student did not attend school while infectious.


But the primary school was again closed on Thursday for an initial period of 72 hours after a second student was diagnosed with coronavirus.


Grovedale West Primary remains closed after the second case of coronavirus was identified. Picture: Peter Ristevski


The student attended school while infectious, and the Education Department said the two cases were not related.


Principal Gretta Lynch last week told families all students and staff must stay at home while contact tracing occurred. At the weekend she informed families the school would remain closed on Monday, and teachers would continue to connect with students for home learning.


An education department spokeswoman said cleaning at the school had been completed and the school community would be informed once DHHS has completed contact tracing and the school is able to reopen.


Covenant College Geelong announced it would temporarily return to online learning after a student was exposed to a positive case.


A letter to parents from Covenant College principal Sue Cox said the campus would close today (TUES) while the school conducted a deep clean.


Ms Cox anticipated a return to campus on Wednesday.


Goodstart Grovedale early learning centre on Pioneer Road reopened on Monday, after it received clearance from the DHHS following an educator testing positive to coronavirus last Monday.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton on Monday reclassified all 750 abattoir workers as close contacts, despite advice two days earlier informing workers they weren’t required to isolate.


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