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Seven new cases

STATE Government data just released shows seven new COVID cases in the Loddon Shire.

There are currently 42 active cases.

Seventeen of the active cases are in the Bridgewater postcode.

Meanwhile, the Government has announced a coordinated Pandemic Code Brown will be implemented across all public metropolitan and major regional hospitals, putting in place a formal emergency management structure to make the best use of hospital resources as Victoria battles the global Omicron outbreak.

The Department of Health is calling a co-ordinated Pandemic Code Brown – with affected public hospitals activating their Code Brown plans by midday on Wednesday, 19 January.

Changes health services can implement include configuring services to free up more staff, including the delivery of outpatient services outside the hospital, and the rapid offload of ambulance patients at emergency departments to get paramedics back on the road as soon as possible. Hospitals may also choose to redeploy staff to work in areas of highest clinical priority.

In addition to hospitals in Metropolitan Melbourne, the Code Brown will be implemented at Barwon Health, Grampians Health, Bendigo Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Albury Wodonga Health and Latrobe Regional Hospital.

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