HAZELDENE'S is close to finishing a mammoth testing blitz triggered by a worker's positive COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this week.
Cases linked to the chicken farming business held steady at nine today, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.
An updated figure is expected tomorrow but it remains unclear whether more positive cases will be uncovered.
Hazeldene's understands 80 of 880 onsite workers' test results are yet to be returned.
That figure does not include employees at other sites, who were also tested.
Hazeldene's is expecting the remaining test results to be confirmed in coming days, chief executive Mark Heintz said.
"During this difficult time, we are very grateful for the support we have received from DHHS, Bendigo Health and the wider community," he said.
"DHHS has been very thorough and timely with a very difficult task.
"We now need to work together, to follow all guidelines to flatten the curve in Bendigo and the wider community."
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Mr Heintz said the company is doing everything possible to ensure its workers health, and that of the community.
"We will implement any directions made by the Department of Health, continue to monitor the situation closely and to implement new measures should they be required," he said.
The company is transitioning into reduced operations after an industry-wide edict from the state government, which is concerned about COVID-19's spread through Victoria's abattoirs and meat works.
"We understand how important the measures that the state government has put in place are," Mr Heitz said.
"While it is a challenging time frame, we are fully committed to meeting the requirements."
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