THE Thomson Women’s, Children and Birthing Unit at Latrobe Regional Hospital has been locked down after a person who attended yesterday (Wednesday, September 29) tested positive to COVID-19.

The person has since been transferred to a Melbourne hospital.

The Gippsland Region Public Health Unit and LRH have begun implementing protocols to manage any risk to clinical and non-clinical staff, patients and visitors to the unit.

As a result of this management process, the Thomson Unit has been locked down with birthing and paediatric support to be provided by Central Gippsland Health in Sale and West Gippsland Healthcare Group in Warragul for the interim.

LRH will continue to support women who are in an advanced state of labour.

“Women and newborns currently on the unit are being cared for by midwives who were not on duty at the time of exposure,” the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit said in a statement.

“Anyone who was in the unit prior to 12.30pm on Wednesday 29 September is not at risk of exposure.

“As management of this incident continues, there will be no further comment.”