Number of active COVID cases falls


By Laura Michell

The number of active coronavirus cases in Hume has fallen overnight.

Latest Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) data shows there are currently nine active cases of the virus in Hume, down from 14 yesterday.

The municipality has recorded 54 cases of COVID-19 in total.

There are three active cases in Whittlesea, which has recorded a total of 30 positive tests.

The new data comes as the Villa Maria aged care facility in Bundoora remains locked down after a resident returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test.

Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Annaliese van Diemen said DHHS treated inconclusive tests as a positive case, forcing the facility into lockdown.

“We don’t want to take any chances in aged care facilities,” she said.

Ms van Diemen said the department was carrying out testing and contact tracing at Villa Maria.

“At this point in time, we haven’t had any further positive tests in the Villa Maria outbreak,” she said.

No further cases of coronavirus have been linked to the outbreak at McDonald’s Fawkner store, which resulted in the closure of a Craigieburn McDonald’s last Friday after an employee, who is “an extended relative” of a Fawkner employee who tested positive for COVID-19, also contracted the virus.

McDonald’s also closed 12 other stores, including the Campbellfield store, on Sunday for deep cleaning after a delivery driver tested positive for COVID-19.