State records more than 1400 new COVID-19 cases in one day

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Victoria has recorded 1438 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours in a huge jump from the 950 confirmed for the day before. It is the second successive day case numbers have been above 900 new cases. There were also five coronavirus-related deaths in Victoria on Wednesday along with 65,497 test results received and 34,323 vaccinations administered. Victoria’s active case tally now sits at 11,018. READ MORE: Victoria is also shaking up its response to COVID-19 as the current outbreak’s breaks infection records. Contact tracers have begun texting links to online forms to help triage cases before their first phone call to many of those who test positive for the virus. The announcement was made on the same day that Victorian authorities confirmed a record 950 confirmed cases in one day. COVID Response Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said contact tracers were changing the way they work to deal with the high volume of cases and close contacts. “We need to focus on the actions of highest value to ensure that people who are positive know that quickly, and connect them to the support they need,” she told reporters. “In areas with higher case numbers, we have started providing a text message with the confirmation of your confirmed positive result, so we can provide triage.” The text message will ask a number of questions to help contact tracers prioritise higher-risk cases, including whether the person is looking after people at home, if they need support and if they are vaccinated. A short phone interview may occur depending on the results from the text. Contract tracers will interview household contacts but may not interview “every single primary close contact,” Ms Matson says. “Should case numbers increase further, although it is in our collective will and efforts to contain them, we will adapt the approach again and again and refine it based on risk.” The Stawell Times-News has removed the paywall from our stories relating to health warnings and safety of the community. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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Victoria has recorded 1438 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours in a huge jump from the 950 confirmed for the day before.

It is the second successive day case numbers have been above 900 new cases.

There were also five coronavirus-related deaths in Victoria on Wednesday along with 65,497 test results received and 34,323 vaccinations administered.

Victoria’s active case tally now sits at 11,018.

Victoria is also shaking up its response to COVID-19 as the current outbreak’s breaks infection records.

Contact tracers have begun texting links to online forms to help triage cases before their first phone call to many of those who test positive for the virus.

The announcement was made on the same day that Victorian authorities confirmed a record 950 confirmed cases in one day.

COVID Response Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said contact tracers were changing the way they work to deal with the high volume of cases and close contacts.

“We need to focus on the actions of highest value to ensure that people who are positive know that quickly, and connect them to the support they need,” she told reporters.

“In areas with higher case numbers, we have started providing a text message with the confirmation of your confirmed positive result, so we can provide triage.”

The text message will ask a number of questions to help contact tracers prioritise higher-risk cases, including whether the person is looking after people at home, if they need support and if they are vaccinated.

A short phone interview may occur depending on the results from the text.

Contract tracers will interview household contacts but may not interview “every single primary close contact,” Ms Matson says.

“Should case numbers increase further, although it is in our collective will and efforts to contain them, we will adapt the approach again and again and refine it based on risk.”

The Stawell Times-News has removed the paywall from our stories relating to health warnings and safety of the community. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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