“This timeframe allows for the department to ensure the community is aware of the situation and for residents to get tested and get their results back before determining what the next steps are,” Victoria’s commander of testing and community engagement, Jeroen Weimar, said.
“We’re asking all these residents to come forward for asymptomatic testing at the dedicated testing station on site.”
The East Preston Islamic College has been closed for deep cleaning after it was revealed a student who was supposed to be self-isolating as they were a close contact of a positive case had attended school due to a misunderstanding.
“The college has taken positive steps to manage this situation and is working closely with us. It has been closed for deep cleaning,” Mr Weimar said.
“We need everyone working together to tackle this virus, and that’s exactly what the school community is doing. Staff and students who are close contacts – and their households – have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days.
“Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected.”
The Dallas Brooks Primary School has also been closed for deep cleaning.
A text message was sent to residents in the northern suburbs, urging them to get tested if they experienced any symptoms.
Pop-up testing sites and a community outreach program will be launched today.
Banyule Community Health and Himilo Community Connect will doorknock the area on Thursday to alert residents to the outbreak and provide information about testing and supports like financial assistance for missing work.
“We’re asking everyone who lives in this area or who has loved ones linked to these suburbs to please get tested if they have symptoms and to share this information within their families and broader community,” Mr Weimar said.