The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has congratulated the Gippsland community for their efforts in lobbying the State Government to achieve greater transparency on COVID-19 reporting across each Local Government Area.
Ms Bath said her electoral office had been inundated with constituents seeking clarity around the number of active and resolved cases of COVID-19 as reported by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) daily.
The number of positive tests in Gippsland since the beginning of the pandemic is 33 (Baw Baw 5, Bass Coast 4, East Gippsland 1, Latrobe 7, South Gippsland 5 and Wellington 11. The last positive was one in Wellington Shire on April 28. The region is believed to have only one “active” case.
“Specifically, Gippslanders wanted reporting of ‘active’ and ‘recovered’ cases in their own LGA to gain a clear picture of the risks in their area,” said Ms Bath.
“The daily update data was considered confusing and misleading, which left people frustrated and questioning the process of recovery.
“My constituents were seeking reassurance and hope that the sacrifices being made were making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
Ms Bath said she made urgent representations to the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos, almost a month ago asking the Minister to improve the daily reporting of regional COVID-19 and address Gippslanders concerns.
“While Minister Mikakos has not provided a response, I note today DHHS did commence improved COVID-19 LGA reporting today,” said Ms Bath.
“It is wonderful to now see how Gippslanders have embraced physical distancing practices, to keep everyone safe and flatten the curve.
“Since reporting of COVID-19 the six local government areas of Gippsland have experienced a total of 33 people test positive for coronavirus, with only one individual in the Wellington Shire yet to recover. This is something of which Gippslanders can be proud.
“With such encouraging results, it will be incredibly disappointing if Daniel Andrews moves the goal posts and chooses not to ease restrictions in Victoria following the meeting of National Cabinet on Friday.”