• Loddon Herald


FRUSTRATION and concern have emerged after a 10-day wait before a Loddon COVID exposure site was confirmed by the Health Department.

Serpentine Roadhouse was closed last Thursday afternoon and managers erected a sign saying it was a Tier One site.

Roadhouse owners Tasco told the Loddon Herald the company had been directed by the department to give no details of exposure.

It wasn’t until late Friday night that the roadhouse was listed as a Tier Two site with two exposure days from early the previous week at multiple times.

Concerned Loddon residents took to social media, frustrated that news of the Serpentine exposure site had not been confirmed earlier, hours after staff had been tested and the roadhouse re-opening that day after a being deep-cleaned.

The Serpentine scare has not been the only concern for Loddon residents in the last week with an exposure site at Lake Meran sending several local families into isolation.

Exposure sites in Kerang have also put residents in home quarantine.

The lag in confirmation of local exposure sites comes as Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said this week that listing of Tier Two sites would be phased out.

Loddon Mayor Neil Beattie said that with cases and exposure sites emerging in central and northern Victoria, residents should take additional care, check-in and become vaccinated.

“Close to 90 per cent of our residents have now had their first vaccination. This has been a tremendous effort and will bring our communities nearer to being able to again enjoy the local lifestyle we cherish,” Cr Beattie said. “The sooner the better for our people and businesses.”

Meanwhile, latest crime statistics show police issued 25 fines in the area in the year ended June 30 for violation of public health orders.

And Sgt Zac Bull said local police had been involved in duties across the state in recent weeks, from the protests in Melbourne to Operation Sentinel on the NSW border and assisting with the hotel quarantine program in Melbourne.


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