Victoria records 450 new cases as exposure sites detected in regions

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Victoria has recorded 450 new local cases of COVID-19 after several regional towns were added to the Health Department’s exposure site list overnight.

Seventy-five of the new locally acquired cases have been linked to known outbreaks.

There were 39,148 vaccinations administered across the state on Friday, with more than 42,000 COVID-19 test results received.

A medical clinic and two cafes in the spa town of Daylesford, 114 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, have been listed as exposure sites, while confirmed COVID-19 cases visited sites in Lorne and Geelong.

A staff member at Cliffy’s Emporium in Daylesford tested positive for coronavirus after working a shift on September 7, with the cafe now listed as a tier-1 site.

“As you can imagine, it’s an awful situation for the staff member and the team to be in,” the hospitality business said on Facebook.

Cliffy’s Emporium in Daylesford said a staff member had tested positive to COVID-19.

Springs Medical Daylesford has been listed as a tier-1 exposure sites by the Health Department, while Pancho Cafe in the town’s main shopping strip is considered tier two.

Nearby Beppe Kitchen + Bar – which has the same owners as Cliffy’s Emporium – confirmed a positive case also worked at its store on September 7, but it has not been listed as an exposure site.

The Stribling Reserve construction site in Lorne was added as a tier-1 exposure site late on Friday, with workers or visitors to the site on September 6 between 11.45 and 4.15pm required to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.

New tier-2 sites include Geelong Soul Pattinson Pharmacy, Total Tools Geelong and Sydney Tools North Geelong.

Forty per cent of Victorians are now fully vaccinated against the virus, and 64.5 per cent of people have received at least one dose.

There are 127 people with COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals, with 33 people in intensive case. According to Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, 90 per cent of those hospitalised with the virus are unvaccinated, while 10 per cent have had one jab.

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