Gippsland passes 100 cases

LATROBE City will come out of lockdown on schedule today, Tuesday night October 5 at 11.59pm.

At the daily update on Tuesday morning, Premier Daniel Andrews said that while there are new cases in Latrobe City today, health authorities said it was OK to end the lockdown.

“We feel that we have a good handle on the situation in Latrobe City so it will be coming out of lockdown,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

There were 9 new cases of COVID-19 reported for the Latrobe Valley as part of the 86 new cases in regional Victoria, with the total number of active cases now 555, but it was enough for Deputy Secretary of the Health Department Kate Matson to confirm it was safe for Latrobe City to come out of lockdown for two reasons.

“The cases we are seeing in Latrobe City are primarily linked to known household outbreaks and we are confident the cases which are unknown at the moment will also be linked to known outbreaks,” Ms Matson said.

“The other reason why we are confident about re-opening Latrobe City is the jump in the vaccination rate, now up to 79.3% first dose which is ahead of the state average,” she said.

Gippsland regional update

The Gippsland Region Public Health Unit has reported that Gippsland had passed the 100 mark in active cases, dominated by 65 active cases in Latrobe City.

Other case numbers are as follows: Bass Coast 4, Latrobe City 65, Baw Baw 19, South Gippsland 9, Wellington 3, East Gippsland 0. Of the 65 active COVID-19 cases in Latrobe City, 60 are linked to known outbreaks.

The GRPHU said it was pleased with the progress made over the last 48 hours in Latrobe City in tracing and linking these cases.

“This provides greater certainty in mitigating the risk of further exposure and spread. Only sites of concern are being listed on the Department of Health and GRPHU platforms,” said GRPHU.

“Evidence suggests there have been no transmissions of the virus at any Tier 2 exposure site in Gippsland. As a result, we will be publishing Tier 1 Exposure Sites as a priority.

“Any high risk Tier 2 Exposure Sites will also be listed. Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure regardless of the result.

“Tier 1 represents exposure sites where people attending are at greatest risk of catching the virus and passing the infection to others.

“We regard people who have been at a Tier 1 site in the relevant time period as ‘close contacts’. If you think you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 or may otherwise be a close contact, get in touch with the GRPHU on 5173 5451 or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

“You should stay at home until the GRPHU or Department of Health determines you are a close contact although you may be advised to get a COVID-19 test.

“Testing locations can be found on the GRPHU webpage: https://lrh.com.au/important-info/lrh-information/gippsland-region-publichealth-unit or the GRPHU Facebook page.

Bass Coast

The total active COVID-19 positive cases in Bass Coast is 4. No new cases from yesterday. There are no exposure sites associated with these cases.

Anyone experiencing any flu-like symptoms, however minor, should get tested. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Testing opportunities in Bass Coast include;

* Cowes drive through at Bass Coast Health 9am – 3pm weekdays.

* Wonthaggi Hospital drive through at Bass Coast Health 9am – 3pm weekdays.

* Wonthaggi Respiratory Clinic. Appointments required, for bookings go to https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH.

South Gippsland

The total active COVID-19 positive cases in South Gippsland is 9. One new case from yesterday. There are no exposure sites associated with these cases.

Testing opportunities in South Gippsland include;

* Foster Respiratory Clinic walk-in. Appointments required, for bookings contact 5682 2088. Update.

* Gippsland Southern Health Service drive through. 9am – 3.30pm Wednesday and Thursday. However, from Monday 18 October, testing times will change to Monday and Thursday 9am – 3pm. Bookings can be made on 5654 2777 – Korumburra Reception.

Baw Baw

The total active COVID-19 positive cases in Baw Baw is 19. Six new from yesterday. Tier 1 Exposure Sites in Baw Baw; Update Pet Stock, Warragul Wednesday 29 September, 7.00am – 4.30pm Thursday 30 September, 7.00am – 12.30pm.

Testing opportunities in Baw Baw include;

* Warragul Respiratory Clinic. Appointments required, for bookings go to https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH.

* Lardner Park, Warragul drive through. Until 5pm today. No appointments required.

Wellington

The total active COVID-19 positive cases in Wellington is 3. One new case from yesterday. There are no new exposure sites associated with these cases.

Testing opportunities in Wellington include;

* Wellington Respiratory Clinic walk in. 9am – 5pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Appointments are required, for bookings contact 5143 7900.

* Yarram and District Health Service Monday to Saturday 10am – 12pm. Appointments required, contact 5182 0222.

East Gippsland

Despite the Department of Health website displaying positive COVID-19 cases in East Gippsland, these cases are not within East Gippsland Shire and are not being managed by the GRPHU.

However, the community is reminded to remain vigilant.

Testing opportunities in East Gippsland include;

* Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic. For bookings go to https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH.