THE numbers of coronavirus cases are continuing to rise in Gippsland with the City of Latrobe leading the way, officially with 21 active cases in the Saturday, August 8 update from the Department of Health and Human Services.

It brings to 38 as the number of active cases in the six Gippsland municipalities, with Wellington Shire (Sale/Maffra area) the only municipality without an active case.

But this number is set to rise further with Bupa Aged Care Traralgon releasing details today (Saturday) of a further positive among residents.

“We have now received all resident test results from Thursday’s testing and unfortunately one further resident has tested positive,” said Bupa.

“We are in contact with the resident’s family, and have updated all our residents and their relatives.

“All other resident results were negative, and all employee results received so far have also been negative. We are still waiting on some employee test results.

“The resident is being treated in the home’s COVID-19 Care Unit, along with two other residents who had previously tested positive. This area is separate from other residents in the care home, and is staffed by dedicated members of the Bupa Traralgon team.”

Neither South Gippsland nor Bass Coast has recorded new cases sitting on 5 and 4 active cases respectively.

Victoria recorded a further 466 new cases of coronavirus since Friday, with the total number of cases in the state now at 14,283.

The overall total has increased by 416 due to 50 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication.

Within Victoria, 24 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 442 are under investigation.

There have been 12 new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. They include a man in his 30s, two men in their 70s, two men and three women in their 80s and four women in their 90s.

Six of the 12 new deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. To date, 193 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

In Victoria at the current time:

* 2584 cases may indicate community transmission

* 7808 cases are currently active in Victoria

* 636 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 44 in intensive care

* 6066 people have recovered from the virus

* More than 1,759,900 tests have been processed – an increase of 29,783 since yesterday

Of the total cases:

* 13,095 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 862 are from regional Victoria

* Total cases include 6943 men and 7255 women

* Total number of healthcare workers: 1667, active cases: 998

* There are 1688 active cases relating to aged care facilities

Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:

* 184 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping

* 163 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner

* 145 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer

* 122 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth

* 95 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg

* 92 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North

* 87 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Facility in Craigieburn

* 83 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee

* 74 cases have been linked to Aurrum Aged Care in Plenty

* 74 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee

Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:

* 198 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown

* 165 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham

* 121 cases have been linked to JBS Brooklyn

* 92 cases have been linked to Melbourne Health Royal Park Campus

* 83 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac

* 60 cases have been linked to Woolworths Distribution Centre Mulgrave

* 45 cases have been linked to the Linfox warehouse in Truganina

* 45 cases have been linked to Nino Early Learning Centre in Bundoora

* 38 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater

* 33 cases have been linked to Respite Services Australia in Moonee Ponds

* 30 cases have been linked to Ingham’s in Thomastown

* 20 cases have been linked to Jayco in Dandenong

The department is also looking into nine cases linked to Allied Pinnacle bakery in Altona; four cases linked to Werribee Mercy Hospital; two cases linked to Ballarat Health Service; two cases linked to the Ambassador Hotel in Frankston; and one case linked to Sinclair Meats in Ballarat. More information will be available in coming days as investigations continue.

As investigations are undertaken throughout the day, these outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreaks totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.