Brimbank woman dies from COVID-19

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Tara Murray

A Brimbank woman in her 80s was one of two people to die from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

A man in his 20s from Hume also died.

Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson said the woman was admitted to hospital due to her COVID-19 symptoms in recent days.

It comes as 445 new cases were announced today.

Among the new cases were 14 cases in Brimbank and 16 in Melton.

It comes as a Sunshine West business was added to the exposure site list in the past 24 hours.

Williams Adams CAT has been named a tier two site on September 6 and 7 between 7am and 5pm.

Meanwhile, the state government announced a further investment of $22 million in mental health services.

The funding will help set up 20 pop-up community mental health services which are expected to add 93,000 additional hours of wellbeing checks and counselling.

No locations have been announced for the pop-up clinics.

Funding will also support the Triple P parenting program, LGBTIQ+ community organisations Switchboard, Thorne Harbour and Drummond Street Family Services, supporting the mental health workforce and Vichealth.

Orygen executive director Professor Patrick McGorry said the organisation was extremely grateful for this extra funding.

He said the system had been overwhelmed for a number of years.