THERE is a total of 657 active cases of COVID-19 being managed by the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit, including 21 in South Gippsland and 20 in Bass Coast.

Elsewhere in Gippsland, there are 366 active cases in Latrobe, 201 in Baw Baw, 30 in East Gippsland and 19 in Wellington.

The latest news includes that the Mitre 10 Store in Cowes was notified that it was an exposure site, when a COVID-positive person attended the store last Saturday, October 23 between 8am-1pm.

GRPHU didn’t see the need to notify the community and the site has not appeared on the statewide coronavirus site listing exposure locations but out of an abundance of precaution, Capeview Mitre 10 has notified customers on social media, assured everyone the a deep clean is taking place and that they have closed the store at 2pm on Wednesday for the purpose… open again as usual on Thursday morning.

Testing in Bass Coast

Testing opportunities in Bass Coast include:

Testing in South Gippsland

Testing opportunities in South Gippsland include:

  • Leongatha – Gippsland Southern Heath Service, drive-through, from 9am – 3pm Mondays and Thursdays by appointment. For bookings, call 5654 2777.
  • Foster Respiratory Clinic, 9am – 12.30pm weekdays. For bookings, go to

Business support

Small to medium sized business owners are invited to a forum with the Department of Health (DH) and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) on Victoria’s Roadmap and new COVIDSafe settings

These sessions will include:

  • Updates on the Roadmap and restrictions settings.
  • CHO Directions (including the vaccination requirement for workers).
  • Business requirements (including COVIDSafe Plans, QR codes and vaccine status check-in).
  • Business support services (including grants and health and wellbeing).
  • New signage and posters.
  • Penalties.
  • An opportunity for discussion and questions.

These forums are targeted group sessions. Sessions this week include:

  • Hospitality – restaurants and cafés – 2.30pm, Thursday, October 28.
  • Hair and beauty – 10am, Friday, October 29.

Further sessions are planned for the coming weeks for hospitality (accommodation), retail (general), markets (centre managers), shopping centres (centre managers), sports and fitness (indoors), sports and fitness (outdoors) and more. Register online: