The following COVID-19 information was received by 3BA at 3.30pm Saturday the 11th of September from Ballarat Health Services. We will continue to update you as further information comes to hand.
There is a confirmed positive case of the Delta strain of COVID-19 in our region.
There is also increasing detection of COVID-19 in the Ballarat wastewater.
We urgently need to respond as a community to ensure any infections in our community are detected and contained quickly.
The Delta strain appears to be about twice as infectious as previous strains and can spread more easily and more rapidly even before someone knows they have it.
Positive case in Daylesford
There is one new COVID-19 case in the Central Highlands region and this has generated several exposure sites. This person is isolating at home in Daylesford. The case has been linked to the outbreak in Melbourne.
Contact tracing is underway to determine the risk to the community, and their close contacts are being identified and directed to quarantine in accordance with Department of Health protocols.
If you live in – or have visited - the Daylesford region in the past 5 days, please check the list of COVID-19 exposure sites immediately and follow the instructions on the website.
Exposure sites may continue to be identified over coming days, so please check this website regularly for updates.
Positive wastewater detection in Ballarat
There have also been repeat unexpected wastewater detections in the Ballarat South area from samples collected in recent days.
Anyone who lives, works or has visited the following suburbs is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and to get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.
Alfredton, Bakery Hill, Ballarat Central, Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Black Hill, Bonshaw, Brown Hill, Buninyong, Canadian, Cardigan, Delacombe, Eureka, Golden Point, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Lucas, Mount Clear, Mount Helen, Mount Pleasant, Nerrina, Newington, Redan, Sebastopol, Smythes Creek, Soldiers Hill, Warrenheip, Wendouree.
More information about wastewater testing is available at: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/wastewater-testing
Testing by appointment
It is extremely important that anyone - with even the mildest of symptoms - gets tested for COVID-19. Only leave home to get tested, then return home and isolate until you receive their results.
Testing appointments can be made at:
- Daylesford: Daylesford Health (17 Hospital Street) on 03 5321 6654
- Kyneton: Kyneton Health (7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive) on 03 5422 9900
- Ballarat: UFS Respiratory clinic (15 Errard Street North) on 03 4311 1571.
Pop-up drive through testing
A pop-up drive through testing site will be set up in Daylesford at Victoria Park from 3.00pm - 7.00pm this afternoon (Saturday 11th September) and 9.00am - 7.00pm tomorrow (Sunday 12th September). Located at Ballan-Daylesford Road Daylesford, no appointment required.
In order to support an increase in demand for testing in Ballarat, a temporary pop up clinic will once again be established tomorrow (Sunday 12th September) at Marty Busch Reserve, Sebastopol. Entry via Charlotte Street, open from 1.00pm to 6.00pm on Sunday and from 9.00am to 6.00pm from Monday.
Our Rapid Response Testing Team (RRTT) is stood up-or-down in accordance with local testing demand. Ballarat Health Services continues to work with local health care providers to ensure adequate locally testing is available.
Up to date information on testing is available at: www.bhs.org.au/news-and-events/covid-19-information/testing-for-covid-19/
Our strongest line of defence against COVID-19 is vaccination. Tomorrow is Super Sunday for year 12 students at our mass vaccination clinic. Appointments are still available for vaccination across Ballarat, we urge all residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Our community is reminded to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the restrictions put in place by the Victorian Government. For more information on current restrictions, visit: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus