A community health door-knocking program started on Thursday morning with more than 89 houses approached and 31 tests conducted as additional pop-up testing sites were promised for the Hume, Banyule and Darebin areas in the coming days.
Testing sites continued to operate across Broadmeadows, Coolaroo, Craigieburn, Heidelberg, Greensborough, Preston and Fawkner.
So called ‘Rapid Response Testing Teams,’ and engagement teams, have also provided testing and information at ‘The Mall’ and Malahang Reserve with more than 80 people attending.
The department also sent text messages to residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs including Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg urging those who were experiencing symptoms to be tested.
The department is also testing a number of secondary close contacts at Sirius College and Ilim College.
They are connected to separate close contacts who will be tested again over this weekend.
Victoria’s commander of testing and community engagement, Jeroen Weimar, said East Preston Islamic College had “taken positive steps to manage this situation and is working closely with us. It has been closed for deep cleaning.”
“Staff and students who are close contacts – and their households – have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days,” Mr Weimar.
“We have a number of people who are self-isolating either at home or as part of the Covid-19 Accommodation program and are being monitored by Austin Health and Banyule Community Health.
“I am so grateful to our community leaders for working with us to keep people safe. I have held several sessions over the last two days to listen and act on the advice from leading community members. We are all Victorians working together to keep this virus away from our families.”