ACTIVE coronavirus cases in the embattled Colac Otway Shire have plateaued today, with cases remaining at 54 on Wednesday.
Active cases linked to Australian Lamb Colac have been recorded at 51, up one from yesterday's tally of 50.
There are 44 cases in Greater Geelong, 10 in Ballarat, 11 in Bendigo, 12 in Moorabool, three in Surf Coast Shire, eight in Golden Plains, seven in Horsham, six in Glenelg Shire, and one in Warrnambool, Southern Grampians and West Wimmera.
Colac Area Health tested a further 251 Colac residents yesterday, adding on to Monday's 786.
COVID-19 has affected several Colac workplaces, which have all taken action to protect staff, customers and businesses.
Tomorrow night, leaders from AKD, ALC, Colac Motor Group, SLM Law and Bulla will host a Q&A session via Zoom to share their experiences preventing and/or managing positive cases.
The session will be interactive with a quick overview followed by a Q&A session.
Meanwhile Colac Otway Shire Council are handing out free masks to the community's most vulnerable.
On Wednesday Western District Health Service chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald said, off the back of a positive case in Southern Grampians Shire, he had been unable to verify if the person resides in the area.
"We recognise there are some deficiencies with the DHHS COVID-19 system for notifying local communities of positive COVID-19 cases," he said.
"There are a number of reasons this occurs, which includes people being tested in a local government area outside of the LGA where they would normally reside. For example, a person that is tested while they are living in Melbourne, but lists their address as the Southern Grampians Shire.
"I understand this lack of clarity creates anxiety in the community and as we progress through the pandemic, we will be working with DHHS to improve communication to ensure that our community is well-informed about local COVID-19 cases.
"I want to reassure the community, that (as we have done in the past), where a case is detected through the WDHS drive thru clinic, we will be as transparent as we can be, while also respecting the privacy of those who test positive for the virus."
The Hamilton-based health service reported a positive case at its drive through clinic on Sunday.
The Horsham Rural City resident presented at the clinic the previous Thursday.
They did not enter the Hamilton Base Hospital and were referred to the Department of Health and Human Services contact tracing team. They did not exit their vehicle in Hamilton.
Moyne Health Services continues to screen residents, despite Moyne having zero cases in the municipality.
There were 295 new cases and nine deaths confirmed in Victoria on Wednesday morning.
Premier Daniel Andrews said more than 18,000 tests were conducted across the state yesterday, with 9304 confirmed cases on Wednesday.
There were nine further deaths, including two people aged in their 90s, five in their 80s, one in their 70s, and one in their 60s.
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