ACCORDING to the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit, the organisation handling the pandemic in Gippsland, the total active cases in Gippsland being managed by the GRPHU is 238.

The Victorian Health Department reported the Gippsland figure at 316 on Tuesday, November 30.

Either way the number is falling, the exception in the region being East Gippsland which is being rated as an area of “high risk” interstate.

GRPHU says there are 17 (4 more) active cases in Bass Coast, 55 (4 more) in Baw Baw, 97 (6 more) in East Gippsland, 32 (1 more) in Latrobe, 17 (1 more) in South Gippsland and 20 (0 more) in Wellington.

There are two people in hospital in Gippsland with COVID-19. None of those are in ICU.

Isolation requirements have changed for COVID-19 cases and contacts as a result of the new Omicron threat.

According to GRPHU, these changes are possible because of the protection provided by the COVID vaccine, which 90.82% percent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now received.

For a detailed breakdown of the changes, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklistcontacts

Vaccination pop up clinics

As of yesterday, there have been over 156,000 COVID vaccinations administered in Gippsland. Percentages by vaccine – AstraZeneca 22.6%, Moderna 3.4%, Pfizer 73.9%. Dose 1: AstraZeneca 19,434, Moderna 3498, Pfizer 63,804. Dose 2: AstraZeneca 15,925, Moderna 1853, Pfizer 51, 089. Dose 3: AstraZeneca 5, Moderna 34, Pfizer 662.

The Gippsland Region Public Health Unit has partnered with various organisations in the past month to host pop up vaccination clinics.

“We will be vaccinating in Wonthaggi and Leongatha next week, supported by the Salvation Army. Stay tuned for details.”

Bass Coast

There are currently 17 active COVID-19 cases in Bass Coast being managed by the GRPHU. Testing opportunities in Bass Coast include;

* Cowes – Bass Coast Health, drive through. 9am – 2pm seven days a week. Pre-fill your details using the Testing Registration form https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill

* Wonthaggi – Bass Coast Health, drive through. 4am – 5pm seven days a week. 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 and 9am – 11.30am Saturdays, by appointment at https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH

South Gippsland

There are currently 17 active COVID-19 cases in South Gippsland being managed by the GRPHU. Testing opportunities in South Gippsland include;

* Leongatha – Gippsland Southern Heath Service, drive through. 9am – 2.30pm Mondays and Thursdays by appointment, for bookings call 5654 2777.

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

COVID-19 update

As of Tuesday this week, 93.84 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90.82 per cent have had two doses.

There are 305 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria, 41 active cases and 53 cleared cases are in intensive care, with 19 cases on a ventilator.

Of those in hospital, 58 per cent were not fully vaccinated and of those in ICU 69 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 918 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. All cases were locally acquired.

The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Hume, Melton, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Brimbank. Glen Eira, Monash, Greater Geelong and Stonnington.

There are 11,417 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of six deaths of people aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1331.

There were 45,658 COVID-19 tests processed on Monday.

Omicron update

Genomic sequencing results have been returned for a confirmed case of COVID-19 originating from a country of concern, who travelled to Victoria from NSW but the case does not have the Omicron variant.

The Department of Health has provided new advice to identified contacts of this case.