East Grampians Health Service has announced the temporarily cease to visitation effective immediately.
The acute and aged care facilities will be closed off to the public.
Chief executive Andrew Freeman said due to the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Grampians Region over the past three days, EGHS made the difficult decision to temporarily cease visitation to the acute and aged care facilities.
"We are communicating with residents of our aged care facilities families as of this morning around what we've communicated to our staff and will work through that and what it means for our acute visitors as well.
"We apologise, but we are really thinking of their safety.
"We are hoping it is only for a short again. Hopefully we get better idea in next week or two of where the numbers are going and if they're plateauing.
"We will be encouraging phone calls or Skype and certainly on compassionate grounds we will consider any visitation on a case by case scenario."
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