Regional Victoria has seen nine new cases since Thursday including one in east Wimmera and three in Ballarat.
COVID response commander Jeroen Weimar said the case in east Wimmera was an individual who is isolating closely and lives in a remote location.
"We have a good inquiry line around the source of the acquisition and should land that over the coming day or so,' he said.
"The link we believe is from workers from Ballarat that came in. We will follow that up in next day or so."
Ballarat now has nine active cases. All are spread across three households with the three new cases from known household primary contacts.
Mr Weimar said the state government had identified 187 primary close contacts from the Ballarat outbreak with two thirds already returning negative test results.
"There are now 30 exposure sites across Ballarat and we ask the community to continue to come forward and get tested," he said.
Reported yesterday: 510 new local cases and 1 new case acquired overseas (currently in HQ).— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) September 16, 2021
- 43,993 vaccines administered
- 55,476 test results received
- Sadly, 1 person with COVID-19 has died
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Geelong has also seen two new cases while two Melbourne cases have been identified in people who work at an office building in Geelong.
"This is another example to call out to employers on the clear guidelines as what constitutes essential work," Mr Weimar said. "Employers should consider the guidelines carefully before requiring staff to come to work. Work should be essential, not convenient."
Victoria records more than 500 cases since Thursday
THERE were 510 new cases recorded overnight and one further death.
Thursday also brought over 55,000 test results to Victorians as well as 43,993 vaccinations administered.
Victoria's active coronavirus case tally now sits at 4,697.
These numbers come as a person who visited East Wimmera Health Service's St Arnaud hospital campus has tested positive to COVID-19.
In a post on social media, the health service confirmed the person attended the hospital on Tuesday.
"EWHS wish to advise the community that an unwell patient presented to St Arnaud campus on Tuesday evening and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19," the post said.
"The person is now in isolation and EWHS is currently testing staff who were in contact with the patient."
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a series of "moderate" steps out of lockdown for Victoria.
From 11.59pm Friday night, there will also be some changes to COVID-Safe settings in regional Victoria.
The changes exclude the City of Ballarat which entered lockdown yesterday.
Mr Andrews announced that gyms and outdoor and indoor pools (excluding spas, saunas and steam rooms) will reopen with limits.
Hydrotherapy and swimming lessons can occur and tour buses can operate up to 10 people.
"They are small steps but they are safe steps to take. That's the view of the Chief Health Officer, and it's on that basis that we have endorsed this opening up," Mr Andrews said.
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