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Since last weekend, 444 cases had been referred to police after people meant to be self-isolating couldn’t be contacted. He said 98 remained “under investigation”.
“There’s a range of reasons people can leave their homes, so it could be for medical supplies it could be for medical attention,” he said.
He said when police did conduct spot checks at people’s homes, some of the people couldn’t be contacted because they were later found to have been in the shower or out in the shed building.
Others had left home for approved reasons such as medical reasons or to escape family violence.
Since April, police said DHHS has provided the force with 30,000 people to check in on.
The two most common reasons why people may have been classified as not being home was due to incorrect or outdated address details or they’d left their home for a permitted reason.
Mr Nugent also praised the tireless work of police who were out of the roads every day dealing with COVID-19 matters while also maintaining responses to other jobs including family violence and road trauma.
He thanked the community too for showing their support with some residents dropping off hot coffees to those officers working in trying conditions.
“Our members are out there at 2am in the morning, 3am in the morning, out on the Ballarat Road, the Calder, freezing cold, it’s a constant battle,” he said.