Victoria recorded one new local Covid case overnight, taking the total number of active cases to 68.
The recent case is a primary close contact linked to the Arcare Maidstone outbreak, but they are not a resident and they have been isolating throughout their infectious period.
“This case in quarantine is a good thing but it cannot be taken as mission accomplished,” health minister Martin Foley told reporters.
“There is still more work to do. There are more people to interview, there are more leads to explore.
“To track down those last few leads is the most important thing we can do.
“I stress that if you’ve got the slightest of symptoms, please come forward to the more than 200 test sites right around the state that can give you a very quick turnaround in your test results.”
In the case announced on Saturday, a number of exposure sites were established including Reservoir, Southbank, Docklands, North Melbourne, North Geelong, Thomastown, Thornbury, Craigieburn, Burnside, Hillside, Taylors Hill and Taylors Lakes.
High testing levels should be sustained to track any remote traces of the virus, authorities said. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Dan PeledSource:News Corp Australia
Victoria’s Covid commander Jeroen Weimar said it had been a “solid” 24 hours in response to the outbreak.
“It is so important that we sustain those high testing levels so we can be sure we’ve tracked any remote traces of this virus still circulating in our community,” he told reporters.
Professor Sutton also “hugely” encouraged everyone to be tested, even if they only had mild symptoms.
“We’re going through winter — there are lots of coughs and colds about. Please don’t assume that it’s not Covid,” he said.
“People have been surprised by their own positive results because they hadn’t been identified as a primary close contact, didn’t regard themselves at risk, didn’t regard themselves as having gone to an exposure site, but nonetheless ended up with Covid.
“Nobody wants to have inadvertently put others at risk because they’ve had Covid and not had that diagnosis.”