It’s not even the standard contact tracing, we’re up to the more advanced, aggressive, comprehensive approach, that makes a big difference. If you can get in, work with community quickly, ask people to isolate, you’re more likely to have people in isolation, not only before they know their cases, before they know they’re infectious.
So far it suggests it wasn’t a big spreading event in Shepparton, which is great, but that extra caution and getting in fast should in fact allow the health department to close this down quite quickly…
We know from the department and the chief health officer yesterday, if we had these [outbreak management techniques] in place the week before, Kilmore and Shepparton wouldn’t even have happened, because that driver would’ve been asked to isolate as a contact of contacts.
This should give them reassurance that going ahead, with less restrictions, they’ll be able to be on top of outbreaks. Our numbers are really good. The last couple of days have been single digits. But most importantly there have been cases they have known about and in isolation already. That will give them confidence to take as big a step into step three.