THE Victorian Health Department appears to have dropped the ball on publishing up-to-date details on the world-wide pandemic.

There have only been two exposure sites published on the coronavirus website since Tuesday last week, November 9, one at Wonthaggi Shell Service Station on Saturday and the other in Geelong on Sunday, despite there being 7622 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the state during the week.

“We have hundreds of cases here and only one exposure site. Does not make sense?” was the comment from one Sentinel-Times’ reader.

On top of that, the state has stopped publishing the latest daily COVID-19 figures by Local Government Area (LGA) in a timely manner.

It wasn’t until well into the night, on Sunday, November 14, that the local daily figures were published, showing a surge in cases in Bass Coast, up by seven new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, Saturday figures, reported on Sunday and in East Gippsland, up 10 new cases to 74 active cases.

The latest local figures are as follows:

* Bass Coast 30 active/7 new cases,

* Baw Baw 163/2,

* East Gippsland 74/10,

* Latrobe City 436/7,

* South Gippsland 15/1 and

* Wellington 32/4.

Nearby, at Cardinia 372/16, Casey 1689/67 and Greater Dandenong 970/28, numbers were easing back from recent highs.

According to the daily update for Sunday, November 14, 93.4 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 87.9 per cent have had two doses.

And 93.1 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 87.0 per cent have had two doses.

There are 394 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria, 75 of those cases are in intensive care, with 46 cases on a ventilator.

Victoria reported 905 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, November 14.

The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Brimbank, Melton, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Glen Eira and Whittlesea.

There are 17,302 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Health Department was notified yesterday of four deaths of people aged in their 40s, 70s and 80s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1226.

There were 64,218 COVID-19 tests processed yesterday, including a spike in numbers locally as a result of incidents at Inverloch and Wonthaggi.

The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 14,157,030.

There are currently more than 75,650 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

There were no positive samples detected from local waste water monitoring.

Workplace vaccination deadlines

From Saturday, November 13, 2021, all employees and contractors working on Victorian construction sites must be fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to be eligible to continue working on site.

The second-dose deadline also passes on Monday this week, November 15, for workers in Victoria’s residential aged-care facilities, who must be fully vaccinated by that date.

Children’s vaccination delayed

Australian children aged from five to 11 may have to wait until January to get their COVID-19 jabs, according to the head of Australia’s vaccine rollout, with the smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine secured in a purchase agreement but not yet in the country.

In an interview with the media at the weekend, Lieutenant-General John Frewen said the rollout could begin at the start of January, which is the clearest signal yet from the federal government about the long-awaited start date.