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The coronavirus outbreak at Chadstone shopping centre linked to The Butcher Club has grown to include Fergusson Plarre bakehouse.

The coronavirus outbreak at Chadstone shopping centre linked to The Butcher Club has grown to include a nearby bakery.

The cafe manager at Ferguson Plarre bakehouse tested positive to COVID-19 after staff voluntarily underwent asymptomatic testing due to the bakery being in close proximity to the infected butcher.

The employee last worked at the bakehouse yesterday.

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"The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the team at Ferguson Plarre to ensure all close contacts of the person are self-isolating while awaiting test results," a Chadstone shopping centre statement read.

In a statement provided to 9News, Fergusson Plarre said Chadstone staff members were close contacts of other employees who worked at the Oakleigh bakery.

Both stores have been deep cleaned, with the bakehouse working with DHHS.

"We are a family business and so the news that one of our own has a confirmed case of coronavirus is really difficult," CEO Steve Plarre said.

"First and foremost, we want to support them through their recovery, the wider team, and of course, our customers, as we work through this together.

"Please rest assured we have taken, and are taking, every precaution prescribed by the Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) to control what we can in the Ferguson Plarre environment.

"I'm proud of our teams and customers, and the way everyone has adapted to the situation, but am obviously saddened by the news that despite everyone's best efforts, a Ferguson Plarre team member has tested positive.

"Our focus now is to support our affected individual and continue to work with DHHS to deep clean the two stores, communicate with our customers and uphold our strict hygiene and safety standards across all parts of our business."

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The stores have closed and will reopen when it is safe to do so.

The Chadstone bakery has been added to the health department's high risk locations between October 5-7, 5.30am-2.30pm.

Victoria recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths today - the same figures as yesterday.

Of Victoria's new cases, nine were from Melbourne and one infection was from the Mitchell Shire linked to the Kilmore cluster.

A "low positive" case - which may turn out to be a false positive - in Mildura was still included in active cases out of an "abundance of caution".

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The new Kilmore infection is believed to be a "casual contact" of Oddfellows Café.

There were also additional cases linked to United Aged Care in Preston and the Frankston outbreak.

Another staff member has also been diagnosed with coronavirus at Box Hill Hospital.

"They are challenging but we are throwing everything at them," Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.

The state's active cases have dropped to 195 infections – the first time Victoria's active virus cases have dropped below 200 since June 26.

There are 17 Victorians in hospital, including one patient in intensive care.

A total of 15,585 tests were conducted yesterday.

"That is a very strong number," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

Mr Andrews reminded Victorians the two-week grace period for wearing bandanas, scarves and face shields will also come to end on Sunday at 11.59pm.

"They will no longer be seen as sufficient," he said.

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"All Victorians must wear a fitted face mask when they leave their home."

You can get up-to-date information from the Federal Government's Coronavirus Australia app, available on the App Store, Google Play and the Government's WhatsApp channel.

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Source: 9News

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