THE COVID-19 numbers appear to be on the move again locally with Inverloch and Wonthaggi in the firing line.

On Saturday afternoon, November 13, the Department of Health listed the Shell Service Station in White Road Wonthaggi as a Tier 1 Exposure Site after a staff member tested positive.

The Slice of Paradise Bakery notified customers on Friday morning of a staff member who is a Primary Close Contact and closed for two days on the advice of the Health Department.

But according to Bass Coast CEO Jan Child, there’s likely to be more cases in the state’s south-east as we opened up to more visitors.

Ms Child said that it was likely to be a busy Christmas locally for health care staff and those supporting the testing and vaccination services locally.

Official report

The Shell Service Station, 307 White Road, Wonthaggi (South Dudley), has been listed as a Tier 1 Exposure Site on the website for the following dates and times:

* Tuesday, November 9 4:00pm – 8:30pm

* Wednesday, November 10 4:00pm – 8:30pm

* Thursday, November 11, 4:00pm – 8:30pm

Anyone who has visited this location during these times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 7 days from exposure if fully vaccinated, or 14 days from exposure if not fully vaccinated or if you live with someone who has COVID-19.

The venue was officially listed on the Department of Health website at 4pm today, the first time any exposure site has been listed there in the past four days.

It has also been featured on the Vic Exposure Sites Facebook page where it attracted the following comment: “That’s gotta be one of the owners or someone who works there with those 3 dates and times”.

Also posting on Facebook locally, last Friday morning, was Slice of Paradise Bakery at Inverloch which was closed out of an abundance of caution and for cleaning on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13

“Dear Customers, we have been advised this morning that a staff member is a close contact of a positive case of Covid – 19. We have been advised to shut our doors and have our staff tested and isolate until we have negative results,” said Slice of Paradise.

“As a precaution we will be closed Friday and Saturday whilst we await results and deep clean the shop. We are following all instructions and guidelines as provided by Dep of Health.

“We will see you all again once we get the all-clear. The staff member was last in attendance on Tuesday, November 9.”

The post has been greeted with support and best wishes locally.

It has also been reported that a local school has been impacted, resulting in significantly more call on testing services at Wonthaggi on Friday and Saturday.

COVID update

In the Saturday, November 13 daily COVID-19 update it was reported that 93.4 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 87.4 per cent have had two doses.

As well, 93.0 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 86.4 per cent have had two doses.

There are 405 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 77 of those cases are in intensive care, with 51 cases on a ventilator. Of those in hospital, 74 per cent were not fully vaccinated, and of those in ICU, 93 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified on Saturday of 1221 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 (1627/104), Wyndham, Greater Dandenong (962/69), Hume, Brimbank, Melton, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Glen Eira and Whittlesea. Cardinia has 363 active cases including 15 new cases.

All locations containing new cases will be published today at Victorian COVID-19 data including: Bass Coast 22 active/3 new, Baw Baw 163/7, East Gippsland 64/11, Latrobe 436/27, South Gippsland 14/3 and Wellington 28/4.

There are 16,671 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of four deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1222.

A total of 60,818 COVID-19 tests were processed on Friday, November 12.

There are currently more than 78,580 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

It comes as Vaccine mandates for construction industry workers have come into effect in Victoria on Saturday, November 13, with all staff at building sites now required to be fully immunised against coronavirus to attend work. Residential aged care workers to follow suit on Monday.

The mandate has resulted in some people locally being stood down or resigning when they were either unwilling or unable to get the jab.