At the heart of Victoria's coronavirus crisis, a growing number of deaths and positive cases are linked to aged care settings.
In regional Victoria, it is a different tale, for now.
Ararat's residential aged care facility Gorrinn Village have set up a 'COVID ward' in their community centre to prevent future COVID-19 outbreaks.
Gorrinn Village chief executive Robyn Woods-Geblers said, in a statement released on Tuesday, residents who tested positive would be cared for outside of the main facility if they did not need hospital care.
"A large number of aged care facilities in Melbourne have terrible outbreaks ... if it did occur here we have detailed plans in place to manage it," she said.
Mrs Woods-Geblers said the 'COVID ward' would be staffed by the same employees throughout the outbreak who have volunteered to do so.
"We are also setting up a house we own on the block for the isolation staff to stay in if they do not wish to go home between shifts," she said.
"Gorrinn Village does not use casual staff as I don't believe it is ethical - staff should have guaranteed hours with sick leave and annual leave."
Gorrin Village are not permitting visitors from lockdown areas and residents are allowed one visitor per day for a maximum of one hour.
"There are of course exceptions for end of life care and there is flexibility around visitors from areas other than Melbourne and regional areas in lockdown, on a case- by-case basis," Mrs Woods-Geblers said.
"All staff are under instruction to stay at home as much as possible when not working, to wear face masks in public ... to monitor the behaviour of others in their household and to leave Ararat only if essential."
East Grampians Health Services chief executive Andrew Freeman said the organisation was fortunate that most of their staff were permanent employees.
"We don't use agency staff at our health service and we try to restrict the movement around staff," he said.
"We are aware of staff who have secondary employment and we have had conversations with them about travelling."
Mr Freeman said staff have to wear face masks when they are in close contact with residents.
"The education team have worked closely with staff to constantly provide information around the wearing of personal protective equipment," he said.
"I think everyone is anxious at the moment ... I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling anxious about what has happened in Melbourne.
"COVID-19 is around and it's in the region, we need to be diligent in what we are doing."
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