Border Cases Trend Down As Riverina Teacher Shortage Continues

MLHD records <30 new cases

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Murrumbidgee Health have warned locals of further outbreaks across Christmas, despite the recent downward trend in daily case numbers.

Less than 30 cases were recorded across Albury-Wodonga as of 8pm Monday, with a handful spread across the Riverina region.

Chief executive of MLHD Jill Ludford said 97% of those aged 16 and over in the area had received their first dose and 88.8% were fully vaccinated.

"That is extraordinary, wow, we may even get to the 100," she said.

Ms Ludford warned border residents to expect more smaller outbreaks in the coming weeks.

"As we see start everyone from Victoria and Sydney driving around, as we start to prepare for Christmas, our communities should expect to see small numbers of COVID cases in their regions," she said.

"We're still very used to the messaging around elimination, where whenever there's a new case we try to track every movement and every venue. But now we're actually into living with COVID and it's all about how we can add layers of protection to how we can keep ourselves safe and to lessen the transmission in our communities."

As schools, churches and other businesses battle with closures and cleaning following outbreaks, there remains a concern surrounding the teacher shortage in the area.

New figures show 80% of Riverina schools had vacant teaching positions in October, amid outbreaks across both NSW and Victoria.

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9 November 2021

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