THE number of active cases in Gippsland appears to going in the right direction on the back of increasingly high vaccination rates.

Bass Coast still leads the way in the region with 16+ rate at 91.4%, with almost everyone in the area having at least one dose.

East Gippsland is next at 87.7% double dose followed by South Gippsland 86.5% double dose.

But it’s the Latrobe Valley that has made great strides in the vaccination stakes reaching 76.7% double dose and more than 95% single dose.

Baw Baw 85.3% double dose and Wellington 83.8% double dose have also performed strongly in recent weeks.

According to the Department of Health, Gippsland presently has 737 active cases down from 769 active cases reported on Melbourne Cup Day.

Bass Coast has 27 active cases but zero new cases reported on Thursday, November 4 and South Gippsland 19 active cases and also no new cases on Thursday.

The regional case numbers are as follows: Bass Coast 27-0, Baw Baw 188-5, East Gippsland 49-7, Latrobe City 420-46, South Gippsland 19-0 and Wellington 34-4.

The nearby municipalities of Cardinia 412-40 and Casey 1809-107 are also reducing their numbers.

Daily COVID update

In the daily COVID-19 report on Thursday, November 4, some 92.7 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.5 per cent have had two doses.

Also 92.2 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 81.1 per cent have had two doses.

There are 660 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 114 of those cases are in intensive care, with 78 cases on a ventilator.

Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 84 per cent were not fully vaccinated. Of the cases in intensive care, 95 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 1,247 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Brimbank, Melton, Latrobe, Whittlesea, Glen Eira and Greater Shepparton.

All locations containing new cases will be published today at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are 17,674 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 93,339.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 9 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 60s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,151.

Of the total number of deaths in the current outbreak, 83 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

50,180 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 13,544,876.

There are currently more than 74,900 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Bass Coast

There are currently 27 active COVID-19 cases in Bass Coast but with no increases on Thursday, November 4.

Testing opportunities in Bass Coast include;

* Cowes – Bass Coast Health, drive through. 9am – 2pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Prefill your details using the Testing Registration form https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill

* Wonthaggi – Bass Coast Health, drive through. 9am – 4pm Monday – Sunday. Pre-fill your details using the Testing Registration form https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill

* Wonthaggi Respiratory Clinic, 1pm – 3.30pm weekdays by appointment at https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH

South Gippsland

There are currently 19 active COVID-19 cases in South Gippsland but no new cases on Thursday, November 4.

Testing opportunities in South Gippsland include;

* Leongatha – Gippsland Southern Heath Service, drive through. 9am – 3pm Mondays and Thursdays by Appointment, for bookings call 5654 2777

* Foster Respiratory Clinic, 9am – 12.30pm weekdays. For bookings go to https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH