A BENDIGO principal has welcomed new measures to support year 12 students who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ONE person is in hospital in Bendigo being treated for COVID-19.
Bendigo Health has confirmed the person is not in the intensive care unit.
It comes as Victoria announces 450 new COVID-19 cases, and 11 deaths.
THE effects of COVID-19 on year 12 students will be reflected in each of their individual final scores.
The state government declared extra support for vulnerable students after another 450 COVID-19 cases were announced on Friday.
Eleven more people have died from COVID-19 since Thursday, including a woman in her 50s.
Others included two men in their 70s, three women in their 80s and two in their 90s. Seven of these deaths were connected to aged care.
The state government announced individual consideration for all students completing their Victorian Certificate of Education on Friday.
Every student will be individually assessed about the adverse effects of coronavirus, which will be reflected in their ATAR ranking.
Consideration will take into account factors such as school closure, illness and extra family responsibilities.
Education Minister James Merlino said the change put students across the state on a level playing field.
"At an individual student level, we're looking at, and we're asking teachers: 'Where do you rank your students now? Where would they be if it had not been for COVID-19?," he said.
"That's why the message for individual students is you will be individually assessed. You will be at no disadvantage when you step into the VCE exams at the end of the year."
Meanwhile, Premier Daniel Andrews said about 1000 of 1150 people doorknocked on Thursday were found at home.
Mr Andrews said 60 teams visiting 1150 homes was the biggest single day effort yet.
He said joint Australian Defence Force and Department of Health and Human Services teams had conducted more than 5000 home visits since July 22.
More than 1500 cases have been confirmed in healthcare workers.
Another 66 cases are considered "mystery cases" where health authorities could not find the source of infection.
About 1550 cases are connected with aged care.
A total of 7637 COVID-19 cases are currently active.
Friday's case count is slightly below Thursday's which stood at 471.
It's significantly lower than Victoria's highest case count of 725, reported on Wednesday.
It comes after Greater Bendigo reported its highest ever single-day case growth on Thursday.
New Greater Bendigo cases made up nearly one third of COVID-19 cases in regional Victoria.
An additional 10 cases were confirmed, bring the local government area's active total to 39.
Two major outbreaks have been confirmed in Greater Bendigo, but health authorities warned last week community transmission was taking place.
At least nine cases are linked to Hazeldene's Chicken Farm in Lockwood.
Eleven are linked to St Joseph's Primary School in Quarry Hill.
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