New COVID count goes beyond state

By Alesha Capone

A total of 1,248 Wyndham residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today, the highest number of any municipality in the state.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), 1,349 residents of the municipality of Casey in southeast Melbourne have been diagnosed with the virus, along with 977 residents of Hume, 911 residents of Brimbank and 886 residents of the Great Geelong.

Currently, 7,559 members of the Wyndham community are infected with the virus.

DHHS figures show that there are 700 new cases of coronavirus today located in postcode 3029 (Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina).

There are 459 new cases in postcode 3030 (Werribee, Point Cook and Werribee South).

There are also 203 new cases in ZIP code 3024 (Wyndham Vale, Manor Lakes, Mambourine and Mount Cottrell), 43 new cases in Williams Landing (ZIP code 3027) and six new cases in Little River (ZIP code 3211).

In the past 24 hours, a total of 20,326 cases of COVID have been reported by PCR (polymerase chain reaction test) and 16,843 “probable” cases via RAT (rapid antigen tests) across Victoria.

Twenty-five Victorians died from the virus during the period.

More than 950 people are hospitalized with the virus, including 69 people in intensive care.

To date, 38 cases of COVID have been linked to an outbreak in Diamond Valley Pork and Baxters Pork Laverton North.

Another 29 cases have been linked to an outbreak in the emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital.

Children aged 5 to 11 can now be vaccinated against the virus in Victoria.

IPC Health will open a new vaccination center for this age group, in partnership with Western Health, on Monday January 17 at the Dianella Community Center in Tarneit.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to Friday and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Reservations can be made through the Victorian Coronavirus hotline at 1 800 675 398 or the Book your vaccination appointment page.

Details: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/grants-primary-care-vaccinations

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