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REGIONAL Victoria has recorded 219 confirmed cases of coronavirus — including four active cases.

There is currently one active case each in Ballarat, Moorabool, Macedon Ranges and Wellington.

Yesterday, a staff member at a Bacchus Marsh aged care facility tested positive for coronavirus, taking Moorabool’s total cases to 2.

The staff member at Grant Lodge, part of Djerriwarrh Health Services, was asymptomatic but was tested on Saturday as part of Victoria’s expanded screening program.

There have been 219 confirmed cases of coronavirus in regional Victoria, which is made up of the 48 shires, rural cities and cities listed below.

Statewide, the total number of cases is 1467, up 13 from yesterday (1454).

Eight of the 13 new cases are staff from a Melbourne meat processing facility that has now closed due to an outbreak of cases.

The new confirmed cases, along with an existing case that has now been linked to the outbreak, take the total number of cases in this cluster to 71. The department is working closely with the company, which agreed to close their facility for 14 days as a precaution to ensure all required steps are taken — including thorough contact tracing, identifying all close contacts, widespread testing and precautionary cleaning.

The death toll remains unchanged at 18. The last death reported was on Tuesday last week: a woman in her 80s who was in hospital.

There have been 1209 cases in metropolitan Melbourne.

Of the total 1467 cases — 778 men and 689 women — of coronavirus in Victoria, 8 people are in hospital — including six in intensive care — and 1327 people had recovered.

There are 153 confirmed cases that may have been acquired through community transmission.

People with coronavirus are aged from babies to their early nineties.

More than 176,500 tests have been completed with many more samples still being processed as part of Victoria’s testing blitz.

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“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” Victoria’s chief health officer, Professor Brett Sutton, said yesterday.

“Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency.”

Three of today’s new cases stem from testing in the community as part of a Victorian Government blitz that will help inform decisions about potentially slowly lifting restrictions ahead of the State of Emergency being reviewed on May 11. These cases are under further investigation.

“Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus during these two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the state,” Prof Sutton said.

“We’ve more than doubled the number of daily tests we’re conducting since the introduction of this blitz and these results will be reflected in coming days.

“The main aim of this increase in testing is to improve access and actively search for cases, allowing us to gain a better picture of this virus and make informed decisions for Victoria.

“We are asking Victorians to again play their part and get tested if they have symptoms, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

“People with common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell — however mild — are encouraged to get tested.”

ONLY FOUR REASONS TO GO OUT

There are only four reasons for Victorians to leave their home: food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

Police have strong powers to enforce these directions and can issue on the spot fines, including up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses.

Under the State of Emergency people who don’t comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.

Police have issued fines over several group gatherings in private residences, including to three men who were attending a birthday party in Romsey.

Four men and one woman were also fined for gathering in public at the Winchelsea football oval.

A man in his 20s intercepted driving along the Great Ocean Rd was fined, after he claimed he was travelling from Hawthorn to Shepparton.

And a Mildura man was spoken to by police five times in five hours for allegedly breaching restrictions.

The man, 20, was bailed to appear at Mildura Magistrates’ Court on July 15.

Case breakdowns by shire, rural city and cities in this guide are updated as the state Department of Health and Human Services releases latest data.

The totals below were correct as of 11.59pm Wednesday.

SHIRES

Alpine 0

Bass Coast 4

Baw Baw 5

Buloke 0

Campaspe 2

Central Goldfields 1

Colac Otway 0

Corangamite 1

East Gippsland 1

Gannawarra 1

Glenelg 1

Golden Plains 1

Hepburn 2

Hindmarsh 0

Indigo 0

Loddon 3

Macedon Ranges 8 (1 active case)

Mansfield 3

Mitchell 9

Moira 11

Mount Alexander 6

Moorabool 2 (1 active case)

Moyne 1

Murrindindi 1

Northern Grampians 3

Pyrenees 0

Southern Grampians 2

South Gippsland 5

Strathbogie 2

Surf Coast 10

Towong 0

Wellington 11 (1 active case)

West Wimmera 1

Yarriambiack 1

BOROUGH

Queenscliffe 0

RURAL CITIES

Ararat 1

Benalla 3

Horsham 3

Mildura 5

Swan Hill 3

Wangaratta 2

Wodonga 1

CITIES

Ballarat 9 (1 active case)

Bendigo (Greater) 9

Geelong (Greater) 63

Latrobe 7

Shepparton (Greater) 10

Warrnambool 5

PERIURBAN SHIRES AND CITIES*

Cardinia (Shire of) 16 (3 active cases)

Casey (City of) 56 (4 active cases)

Hume (City of) 41 (5 active cases)

Melton (City of) 26 (6 active cases)

Mornington Peninsula (Shire of) 60 (1 active case)

Nillumbik (Shire of) 25 (3 active cases)

Whittlesea (City of) 26 (4 active cases)

Wyndham (City of) 46 (14 active cases)

Yarra Ranges (Shire of) 22 (1 active case)

*Note: The Department of Health and Human Services does not include cases in these municipalities in the regional total.

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There are 22 coronavirus testing clinics in regional Victoria, and 12 in metropolitan Melbourne. A full list is below.

VICTORIAN CORONAVIRUS TESTING CLINICS

Source: Department of Health and Human Services

Assessment centres have been established at a number of Victorian hospitals. You don’t need to call ahead (unless stated otherwise below) if you attend one of the following clinics:

REGIONAL

Bacchus Marsh — Djerriwarrh Health Services

Ballarat Base Hospital

Benalla Health

Bendigo Hospital

Cowes — Phillip Island Health Hub

Echuca Hospital

Geelong — Barwon Health North and University Hospital Geelong; please call (03) 4215 4445 prior to attending

Hamilton — Western District Health Services

Horsham — Wimmera Health Care Group

Kyneton – Central Highlands Rural Health

Maryborough District Health Service

Melton — Djerriwarrh Health Services

Mildura — Sunraysia Community Health Services

Portland District Health

Shepparton Hospital

Stawell Regional Health

Swan Hill District Health

Wangaratta Hospital

Warrnambool — South West Healthcare

Wodonga — Albury Wodonga Health, Wodonga Campus

Wonthaggi Hospital

METROPOLITAN

Berwick — Casey Hospital

Box Hill Hospital

Clayton — Monash Medical Centre

Dandenong Hospital

Epping — Northern Hospital

Fitzroy — St Vincent’s Hospital

Frankston Hospital

Heidelberg — Austin Hospital

Melbourne — Alfred hospital

Parkville — The Royal Children’s Hospital

Parkville — The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Sunshine Hospital

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