Max Stainkamph is within the chair and hoping – praying – alongside all of you we get some excellent news on the COVID entrance in the present day.

I am going to even be sprinkling in some tales about what’s taking place within the Shepparton area.

Recapping in the present day’s headlines as lockdown is anticipated to carry

I will be sticking round till we get official affirmation on lockdown lifting tonight, however to recap in the present day’s main tales: 

  • Lockdown is anticipated to carry at midnight tonight
  • A 16-year-old boy has been discovered after a search at Mt Main in the present day
  • Schoolchildren from grades three and up must put on masks at college, whereas preps to grade two will probably be inspired to. Some college students will probably be again at college on Monday assuming lockdown does carry.
  • Shepparton has launched a vaccination marketing campaign counting down the final 5000 individuals eligibly for a vaccination who’re but to obtain a jab

UPDATE, 6.15 pm: Signing off for the day

Effectively, there we go. Lockdown is lifting from midnight, with the most effective days of spring to date on the playing cards tomorrow. 

I am signing off. We can’t have rolling protection tomorrow, so take care and we’ll see you quickly. 

UPDATE, 5.55 pm: Lockdown will carry at midnight tonight

Chief Well being Officer Brett Sutton has confirmed Shepparton’s lockdown will finish at midnight tonight. 

“Whereas there are nonetheless instances in Better Shepparton, public well being officers are assured each the lockdown and the dedication of the group have slowed the potential development,” he stated. 

Masks nonetheless must be worn indoors, you continue to cannot socialise inside a house and extra. 

Journey to locked-down areas or elements of Melbourne just isn’t permitted apart from for restricted causes. 

In the event you discover signs of coronavirus, get examined instantly. 

“The individuals of Better Shepparton have risen to the problem of lockdown as soon as once more and their laborious work has helped sluggish the expansion in instances,” Mr Sutton stated. 

UPDATE,  5.00 pm: Lockdown anticipated to carry at midnight tonight

Chief correspondent Darren Linton has been in contact, and he is been informed Shepparton’s lockdown would carry at midnight. 

We’re unsure when this info will probably be made public, but when individuals in Shepparton are being informed then we will anticipate official phrase cannot be far off. 

In the meantime, observe on from our different main story in the present day, a teenager has been discovered secure within the Mt Main space.

The 16-year-old went lacking from his house within the Shepparton rural space final evening, sparking a police search that concerned the police helicopter and different police looking out on the bottom.

The search centred across the Mt Main space at Dookie for a lot of the day, with the boy discovered about 3pm.

Police looking out Mt Main for a lacking 16-year-old boy earlier in the present day.

UPDATE, 4.35 pm: Your questions answered* about if lockdown is extending

(That is now old-fashioned! We’re anticipating lockdown to carry tonight, however this can be a good little perception into my mind after hours of ready)

Social media’s filled with a whole lot of questions in regards to the lockdown state of affairs, which continues to be very unclear. As of 4.30pm, there’s nonetheless been no announcement, so I’ve tried to clear it up with what I do know from following the state of affairs all day. 

Q: When are we getting out of lockdown?
A: We do not know!

Q: Why have not they introduced if we’re getting out of lockdown but?
A: We do not know! 🙂 

Q: Should not they’ve introduced it by now?
A: I imply I would have thought so? I assumed they’d do it on the press convention this morning

Q: Is it unhealthy they have not introduced something but?
A: I genuinely have no idea what this delay means. 

Q: That is very annoying
A: This is not a query, however sure. Sure it’s. 

Q: If they do not make an announcement by midnight are we free?
A: Um… look, legally I believe so? I do not know. There’ll (absolutely?) be an announcement at some stage. I would prefer it to be quickly so I can go house (by which I imply transfer to the sofa and sign off)

Q. Are we out of lockdown but?
A. Nope! 

UPDATE, 4.00 pm: South Australia picks up constructive case, nonetheless no announcement

Shepparton continues to be ready on an announcement about its lockdown. We have had no phrase since Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton earlier in the present day stated he had to take a look at the information earlier than deciding to carry lockdowns in Moorabool and Shepparton. He did not appear to point a time that announcement would come. 

It is, uh, just a little irritating. We’ll clearly convey you the newest the second we all know extra. 

Over west, South Australia has picked up a constructive case after a truck driver from NSW, who examined damaging earlier than leaving, has examined constructive. He would not seem to have been infectious in the neighborhood for lengthy. 

UPDATE, 3.30 pm: A sprinkling of non-coronavirus tales

Whereas we sit and twiddle our thumbs in wait of a lockdown announcement, be at liberty to take a look at among the tales throughout the web sites, as a result of oh boy are a few of them crackers.

Particularly, this cracking story about Worldwide Egg Day, which is in the present day! The Information‘ John Lewis went out to Zanker’s Farm and Mundoona for a yarn about chooks and eggs.

Actually, I am going to learn something John writes, however that is particular, as is that this story about an egg-ceptional reward to FoodShare. 

UPDATE, 3.00 pm: Ready, ready, ready… as Dan cops effective

Is Better Shepparton leaving lockdown in 9 hours? We do not know. Genuinely no clue. Eager readers of the weblog will know I prefer to play a reasonably straight bat, however goodness gracious me this can be a bit foolish. 

For these simply becoming a member of us, Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton earlier in the present day stated he had to take a look at the information earlier than deciding to carry lockdowns in Moorabool and Shepparton. He did not appear to point a time that announcement would come. 

Technically if that announcement by no means turns up I believe we’re out of lockdown? I do not know. 

In the meantime, Daniel Andrews has copped two $200 fines for not sporting a masks exterior parliament this week. 

Earlier Mr Andrews stated he would pay the fines for the “oversight”.

“Everybody must observe the foundations and I’m sorry it occurred.”

UPDATE, 2.00 pm: Patrols alongside the border to cease, nonetheless no lockdown announcement

Victoria Police will cease patrolling the Victoria-NSW border resulting from up to date well being recommendation. 

The presence alongside the river will lower over the weekend and formally cease subsequent Tuesday. 

Assets will probably be diverted to stopping individuals transferring from regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne. 

We nonetheless haven’t any lockdown announcement, though Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has jumped into the Shepp Information feedback part on Fb. 

She’s stated Shepparton not being added to the border bubble is an indication town will not depart lockdown. 

“Given we have been the one LGA not returned to the border bubble I believe that solutions the query about whether or not our lockdown will finish or be prolonged,” she stated.

We’ll have to attend and see if she’s proper. I’ll have lunch, however will bounce again in if something actually main occurs. 

UPDATE, 1.25 pm: Vaccines dose numbers for Shepparton

By the tip of this week the GV Native Public Well being Unit will move the milestone of 120,000 administered doses of coronavirus vaccines – with 70,000 of them on the McIntosh Centre. 

Over 3000 doses have been administered within the first 4 days of this week, and over 60 per cent of these have been second doses, growing the variety of individuals in the neighborhood who’re double dosed and have important safety from COVID-19. 

Over 1000 vaccine doses have been administered on Jabba the Bus so far, whereas a major variety of individuals will probably be getting their second dose on the McIntosh Centre on Saturday.

A reminder the vaccine hub is open on Sunday to walk-ins for first dose of Moderna and second dose of Pfizer (so long as the primary dose was three weeks or extra in the past). 

UPDATE, 1.15 pm: Help coming for Rumbalara employees

The VACCHO van, which my colleague Rosa Ritchie wrote about final week, is making its technique to Shepparton on October 18.

Rumbalara chief govt Felicia Dean stated it will assist the fatigued employees at Rumbalara, with the van full staffed and provided. 

She stated the van can be a “worth add” to the laborious work already being carried out by the organisation. 

UPDATE, 1.10 pm: All transmission household-to-household

GV Well being chief govt Matt Sharp is now taking questions. He stated all transmission over the previous “two or three days” has been household-to-household transmission.

“That is our largest problem,” he stated.

“Folks actually need to observe the instructions – don’t go and go to family and friends members.

“As soon as we see one case in a family the chances are the entire family will probably be contaminated.” 

He stated there can be a visual countdown from 5000 to zero to permit town to look at the ultimate numbers come down.

Mr Sharp stated GV Well being and the group as a complete had to consider how we will get to these elements of group the place individuals who – for no matter motive – have not come ahead to be vaccinated. 

UPDATE, 1.05 pm: Second ‘Jabba’ on the best way, 3000 jabs delivered

GV Well being chief govt Matt Sharp stated a second cell vaccine hub can be launched in coming weeks, following the footsteps of Jabba the Bus. 

He stated 3000 doses of vaccines had been delivered in Shepparton up to now week, with one other walk-up session on Sunday. 

Shepparton mayor Kim O’Keefe stated it was important to get vaccinated. 

She stated “we wish to see our companies again open” and see the again of lockdowns, with vaccines one of the best ways to fight rising case numbers. 

“I am lacking my household and pals and lacking having individuals at my house however we have to preserve doing the fitting factor,” she stated. 

GV Well being will probably be launching a marketing campaign with a count-down on billboards, radio, newspapers and on social media to maintain monitor of how near the objective of 5000 jabs town can get. 

Rumbalara chief govt Felicia Dean stated 10 members of the Indigenous group had examined constructive and inspired individuals to return ahead and be vaccinated.

She stated employees on the centre have been blissful to reply any questions in regards to the virus or the vaccine course of.

Enterprise chamber president John Anderson, who’s a pharmacist, has praised the work carried out by medical practices and pharmacies. 

“It is a possibility the place we will have people who find themselves cautious, reluctant or hesitant to return in and have rapid entry to a pharmacist,” he stated.

“We want the state to open once more … we want companies to thrive and faculties to be working.”

He stated we have been “so shut” to the place Shepparton wanted to be. 

UPDATE, 12.50 pm: Goulburn Valley vaccination drive launching

Shifting away from this immensely irritating Spring St press convention, which I’ve coated under, and again to Shepparton.

GV Well being chief govt Matt Sharp is talking alongside Shepparton mayor Kim O’Keefe and some others, I imagine. 

They’re encouraging individuals to “get the jab carried out”, to encourage the ultimate 5000 eligible individuals in Shepparton to return ahead and get vaccinated. 

As of October 3, Shepparton’s first dose price is 89 per cent and second dose is at 52 per cent. Nevertheless, 103 COVID instances are nonetheless energetic in the neighborhood.

Mr Sharp stated testing charges proceed to be “fairly good”, however he inspired anybody with signs to return ahead right away.  

He stated there solely seven per cent of the ten,000 new instances added in Victoria over the previous week had been absolutely vaccinated and stated it was “vitally essential” for anybody who was eligible however hadn’t had the jab. 

He urged the roughly 5000 individuals in Shepparton who have been but to get the jab to take action, at a GP clinic, pharmacy, on Jabba the Bus or on the McIntosh Centre hub. 

UPDATE, 12.25 pm: No announcement on lockdown, but

It seems we cannot be getting an announcement on Shepparton’s lockdown at this press convention, which is a large blow to companies who would wish to arrange ought to lockdown carry from midnight. 

To reiterate, college students from grade three and up will probably be required to put on masks at college when in-person educating resumes. 

College students from prep to grade two will probably be strongly inspired to put on them, however it will not be obligatory. 

There 

UPDATE, 12.10 pm: Masks modifications, modifications to frame bubble

CHO Brett Sutton has stated 6000 doses have been distributed to Shepparton this week and flagged Moderna walk-ups throughout the state.

Some native authorities areas together with Benalla, Bendigo, Beloke, Lodden and in NSW Hay, Edward River, Lockhard, Murrumbidgee and Wagga Wagga are actually within the border bubble, that means no permits are required. Better Shepparton has missed out. 

At midnight tonight, masks may be eliminated for the consumption of alcohol open air. Schoolchildren from grade three and above have to put on masks, whereas preps to grade two are advisable to put on masks. 

STILL no announcement on lockdown in Shepp, and Brett Sutton’s simply stepped away from the lectern? Are we not discovering out about lockdown right here? What is going on on? 

UPDATE, 12.08 pm: Instances throughout regional Victoria

Regional Victoria recorded 113 new instances, 13 new instances in Better Shepparton. Six of them are linked, seven below investigation.

Six extra in Moorabool, seven in Mildura, 10 in Ballarat, 11 in Baw Baw, 18 in Geelong

Most instances are once more within the northern suburbs of Melbourne, whereas greater than 500 instances have been within the west. Instances are rising within the south-east and the east. 

UPDATE, 12.00 pm: Loss of life in Shepparton kind coronavirus

A lady in her 70s from Shepparton has died of COVID-19, Treasurer Tim Pallas has introduced. 

It is one in all 5 deaths in the present day. 

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas did not say if she had died in Shepparton. As of Wednesday GV Well being stated no-one had been transferred to Melbourne with coronavirus. 

Mr Pallas is now speaking a few house purchaser scheme. No announcement has been made but on Shepparton’s lockdown, which is mildly annoying. 

UPDATE, 11.57 am: Press convention lastly begins

We have no Dan Andrews at in the present day’s press convention however Shepparton and Moorabool Shire Council areas are anticipated to search out out about their lockdowns ending or extending.

Queensland has recorded zero new instances and Greg Hunt is speaking about vaccines, with a 3rd dose advisable for people who find themselves immunocompromised. I am going to convey you extra on this in a while, as a result of the massive ticket merchandise is Tim Pallas and Brett Sutton. 

It is beginning now.

UPDATE, 11.40 am: Police search continues for teenager, case numbers for Shepparton

The seek for a lacking teenager at Mt Main is constant. 

Seven police plus the police helicopter are at present looking out the world. 

See the complete story (exterior the paywall) right here. 

We have additionally had an unconfirmed report Shepparton’s numbers are at 13 for in the present day. 

Additionally we’ll get a convention in 10 minutes. 

UPDATE, 11.05 am: NSW information 646 instances of COVID-19, nonetheless no time for Vic

Throughout the border, NSW has recorded 646 new instances of coronavirus up to now 24 hours, whereas 11 individuals have died within the state. 

The state’s seven-day common is now at 637 because it prepares to loosen restrictions from Monday. 

Aaaand we nonetheless do not know when the Victorian press convention will probably be. 

UPDATE, 10.45: Mitchell Shire, Melbourne to stay Commonwealth hotspots

Nope, we nonetheless have not heard something about what time Victoria’s press convention will probably be. Sure, I am additionally feverishly pacing round, ready for it to begin. 

Companies in Seymour could have extra aid after Mitchell Shire and all Melbourne LGAs have been prolonged as Commonwealth hotspots for at the least the subsequent week, that means they’re nonetheless eligible for funds. 

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly stated it was resulting from “continued incidence of instances in the neighborhood, and motion of energetic instances poses an publicity threat to individuals in these areas”.

Reporter Monique Preston is out at Mt Main, however we have not heard any extra about lacking teenager Danny.

Police are in attendance and a helicopter is over the mountain, however that is all the data I’ve. I am going to preserve you within the loop once we hear extra. 

UPDATE: 9:50 am: Police trying to find lacking teenager at Mt Main

Police are conducting a search close to Mt Main for a Shepparton teenager who went lacking Thursday evening.

Police are looking out on the bottom and the police helicopter can also be in search of 16-year-old Danny now within the Mt Main space.

Folks within the rural Shepparton, Dookie and Mt Main areas are being requested to verify any exterior constructing for {the teenager}.

Danny was final seen in Shepparton final evening at roughly 11.45pm, however police and household are involved for him because the disappearance is out of character.

He’s of Asian look, round 178cm tall with a slim construct and black shoulder size hair. He was final seen sporting a inexperienced jacket, black short-sleeve polo shirt, black tracksuit pants and black canvas sneakers.

Danny is thought to frequent the Shepparton space.

Anybody with any info on his whereabouts ought to contact the Shepparton police station on 5820 5777.

UPDATE: 8.50 am: Victoria information 1838 new instances of coronavirus

Victoria has recorded 1838 new instances of COVID-19 within the final 24 hours. 

5 individuals died throughout the state. 

Greater than 77,000 assessments have been obtained and greater than 36,000 vaccine doses administered throughout the state.

As we speak’s tally break’s the state’s personal report of essentially the most instances in a single day, which it set earlier this week at 1763. 

There are actually greater than 16,500 instances energetic throughout Victoria. 

UPDATE, 8.45 am: Vaccines, vaccines, vaccines!

We’re anticipating extra instances in the present day, however crucially we’re anticipating some information on the Shepparton entrance for vaccines and for lockdown ending. 

The choice on lockdown ending will probably be made by the Division of Well being in Melbourne, and will probably be introduced at this morning’s press convention, which we do not but have a time for. 

Whereas town is sitting at roughly 90 per cent first dose protection, GV Well being is attempting to push that quantity as excessive as potential earlier than the state begins correctly re-opening below the roadmap. 

GV Well being’s vaccine hub is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and 9am to 9pm on Tuesdays. 

The hub will even be open from 9am to 4pm this Sunday for a walk-up Moderna hub. 

Jabba the Bus will even be out and about over coming weeks. 

Our outbreak is at present at 90 energetic instances, throughout 45 completely different households.