The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in central Victoria remains relatively steady, the latest Department of Health and Human Services data shows.
In total, there were 27 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in eight municipalities of the region as of Monday, the same as Sunday.
The total number of confirmed cases in Greater Bendigo has been revised to nine, down from 10.
Speaking about the expanded testing criteria, Bendigo Health chief executive officer Peter Faulkner said the absence of a rise in Bendigo was testament to the steps being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
"What we've learned from it, I suppose, is that locally our rate of positive diagnosis has maintained a fairly constant position, and I think that is a credit to the initiatives and the personal responsibility that everybody needs to take in ensuring social distancing, good hygiene, cleaning of hands and staying at home," Mr Faulkner said.
"I'm sure we'll all get a bit of cabin fever but staying at home is the way to break the chain."
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The only increase in the last few days has been in Loddon Shire, which went from one confirmed case on Friday to three on Saturday.
Mount Alexander still has six cases and Macedon Ranges has five.
There are two confirmed cases in Campaspe Shire, one each in Central Goldfields and Gannawarra, and zero in Buloke Shire.
Numbers of total confirmed cases can change with revision, due to the nature of the information from which the DHHS draws its figures.
As of Monday, there were 1158 cases across Victoria, up 23 from the previous day.
Of these, DHHS says 88 might have been acquired through community transmission.
There were also two more deaths: that of a man in his 50s and a woman in her 80s.
Their deaths take the number of Victorians who have lost their lives to coronavirus to 10.
Forty-five people are in hospital, among them 11 in intensive care, while 620 people have recovered.
Victoria has expanded its testing criteria to cover those whose employment and contact with the broader public may place them at higher risk of exposure to viruses circulating in the community.
This means anyone who has worked in childcare and early education, primary schools or secondary schools in the past 14 days who presents with fever or acute respiratory infection will be tested.
Firefighters who also act as emergency medical responders and people aged 65 and over will also now be tested if they have clinical symptoms of the disease.
So far, more than 57,000 tests have been conducted in Victoria.
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