Ivanhoe rallies around first COVID case as half of population in isolation

Ivanhoe’s first official COVID-19 case has thanked the neighborhood for its “overwhelming” kindness since she examined optimistic.

Natalie Scadding mentioned she felt extraordinarily fearful and responsible when she obtained her take a look at outcome.

“I used to be very emotional, given it is a small neighborhood,” the 31-year-old mentioned.

“I used to be very nervous about opinions, I used to be nervous about backlash, I used to be very nervous about blame as soon as I’d posted a standing to say that I used to be optimistic.”

But as a substitute of anger she was met with compassion.

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More 100 residents are in isolation.(ABC TV)

Health authorities nonetheless haven’t traced the supply of the an infection which has pressured greater than 50 per cent of the city’s population into isolation. 

Ms Scadding believes it needed to have come from outdoors the neighborhood and that she contracted the illness from a quantity of out-of-town guests who attended a soccer presentation on October 30 on the RSL. 

Having not left city herself for a month earlier than contracting COVID, she believes “it was positively introduced into the neighborhood”.

The population of Ivanhoe is around 200 and the virus was not detected in the neighborhood for six days after the perform.

It is the rationale greater than 5 per cent of the population was contaminated in a single day.

“It wasn’t till Wednesday at 3am that I awoke feeling very in poor health,” Ms Scadding mentioned.

“To be sincere with you, I assumed it was a bout of gastro to start with, and as these signs started to subside, it truthfully felt extra like sinusitis or tonsillitis.

“Because we’re such a small neighborhood and we have not had some other instances, I do not assume anyone actually anticipated it.”

There are 15 lively instances of COVID-19 in Ivanhoe.

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The service station quickly ran out of milk, bread and meat following the first instances.(ABC TV)

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Central Darling Shire administrator Bob Stewart mentioned 10 camper vans had been being despatched to permit folks to isolate and frozen meals had been stockpiled.

“At the second there’s 400 frozen meals being shipped in from the Far West Health Service,” he mentioned.

“Distribution is going on down there, nevertheless the shop continues to be nicely stocked and contemporary produce is coming in by way of the shop — that is being monitored by the native emergency administration committee.”

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