CHEIF Health Officer Brett Sutton has confirmed COVID-19 fragments have been detected in wastewater around Bendigo.
He said repeated unexpected detections were found in areas that include parts of Huntly, Epsom, Strathdale, Kangaroo Flat and Maiden Gully between October 7 and 12.
"The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus," Professor Sutton said.
"Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop."
BENDIGO has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, data from the Department of Health says.
The department's data showed the new cases were listed in the 3555 and 3515 postcodes.
The department confirmed there were 33 active coronavirus cases in Greater Bendigo.
The Macedon Ranges Shire recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
Campaspe and Mount Alexander shires both recorded one case each.
Zero new coronavirus cases were recorded in the Gannawarra shire.
REGIONAL Victoria's outbreak spread is largely "stable", chief medical officer Brett Sutton says.
Those cases accounted for around eight per cent of the total 1571 confirmed on Tuesday.
"But we have seen more cases, including some increased cases in Baw Baw, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton and Mildura," Dr Sutton said.
"We've also seen a handful of cases in Swan Hill, very likely linked to Mildura, so we're asking everyone in Swan Hill, be alert to symptoms and get tested."
The Mitchell Shire will come out of lockdown tonight and have the same restrictions as the rest of regional Victoria.
The limited reasons to leave home and the 15km travel radius will no longer apply in Mitchell Shire.
The shire bordering Greater Bendigo near Heathcote has seen a high number of cases.
The Department of Health said yesterday that there were 113 people with the virus.
Health minister Martin Foley said the changes have been made possible because of the high rates of vaccinations in Mitchell Shire and the public's hard work.
"Whether it's unlinked cases, cases whilst infectious in the community, they've all stabilised," he said.
"The public health team is confident that the outbreak is now understood and is being well managed."
ANOTHER 1,571 people have been added to the list of those diagnosed with COVID-19 in Victoria.
Sadly, there were 13 more deaths.
Tuesday also bought just under 80,000 test results to Victorians as well as 38,072 vaccinations being administered.
Victoria's active coronavirus case tally now sits at 19,861.
It comes as two new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Greater Bendigo on Tuesday according to data from the Department of Health.
Reported yesterday: 1,571 new local cases and 1 case acquired overseas.— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) October 12, 2021
- 38,072 vaccines administered
- 79,200 test results received
- Sadly, 13 people with COVID-19 have died
More later: https://t.co/OCCFTAchah#COVID19Vic#COVID19VicDatapic.twitter.com/sAvebf8lrc
The department's data showed six new cases were listed in the 3550 postcode, while there were two new cases in the 3556 postcode.
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There were also single cases in the 3551 and 3555 postcodes.
The department confirmed there were 31 active coronavirus cases in Greater Bendigo.
The Macedon Ranges Shire recorded one new COVID-19 case on Tuesday.
Zero new coronavirus cases were recorded in the Mount Alexander, Campaspe, and Gannawarra shires.
Bendigo Health confirmed one person with COVID-19 is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit.
The patient is one of seven currently in hospital on Tuesday with the other six being treated in the respiratory ward.
There are 23 COVID-19 patients being monitored through the Hospital in the Home program.
There were 503 people tested for the virus through Bendigo Health on Monday.
Another 906 coronavirus vaccinations were administered in Greater Bendigo.
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