ON MELBOURNE Cup Day, Tuesday, November 2, new COVID-19 case numbers dipped below 1000 in Victoria for the first time in weeks with 989.

But it was off a low testing day when only 48,002 tests were processed, well down on the 70,000 or so the state was averaging through October.

And of the 10 Local Government Areas (LGAs) with the highest number of new cases, several of them are on our borders including Casey with 2097 active cases/111 new cases, Dandenong 1578/85, Cardinia 427/30 and Latrobe recording the highest numbers in regional Victoria with 459 active cases and 39 new cases.

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

According to the Victorian COVID-19 data reported on Tuesday, neither South Gippsland nor Bass Coast recorded any new cases. Gippsland LGAs are as follows: Bass Coast 30/0, Baw Baw 186/9, East Gippsland 44/1, Latrobe 459/39, South Gippsland 18/0 and Wellington 32/0.

Other LGAs with high numbers include Wyndham, Greater Dandenong, Melton, Hume, Brimbank, Cardinia, Whittlesea and Kingston.

Yesterday vaccine doses administered by Victoria’s reached 92.7 per cent aged 16 and over first dose and 81.4 per cent double dose.

There are 667 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 127 of those cases are in intensive care, with 76 cases on a ventilator.

Of the cases in hospital yesterday, 85 per cent were not fully vaccinated and of the cases in intensive care yesterday, 95 per cent were not fully vaccinated.

There are 19,409 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department of Health was notified of 9 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1134.

There are currently more than 73,300 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

GRPHU local update

According to the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit, the total active cases in Gippsland (being managed by the GRPHU)  is 743, as compared to the 769 figure published today by the Department of Health (Bass Coast 18, Baw Baw 181, East Gippsland 48, Latrobe 448, South Gippsland 16  and Wellington 32.

There are seven people in hospital in Gippsland at Latrobe Regional Hospital with five of those in ICU.

GRPHU puts the new Gippsland figures at Latrobe  39 more cases from yesterday, Baw Baw seven and one for East Gippsland with no new cases for Bass Coast, South Gippsland or Wellington.

Vaccination pop up clinics

The Gippsland Region Public Health Unit will be in Morwell tomorrow offering AstraZeneca, Pfizer
and Moderna COVID vaccines to those eligible that haven’t been vaccinated.

The pop-up clinic will be in the vacant shop next door to the Carry On Cafe, 236 – 238 Commercial
Road, Morwell between 9am – 1pm. No appointment is required.

The team will then return in approximately three weeks to administer second doses.
There are plans to establish further vaccination pop up clinics in the coming weeks. Further details
will be announced.

COVID testing

A new walk-in testing site has been established to replace the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports
Stadium in Traralgon as it resumes normal activities.

“We’d like to thank residents surrounding the site for their patience and understanding over the past few months while this important public health service was in place.”

From tomorrow, Wednesday, November 3, the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium testing site
will no longer be operational. The testing site will move to the Gippsland Sports and Entertainment Park in Morwell (Falcons Soccer Club) and will operate as a walk-in testing clinic from 9.30am – 4pm
weekdays and 9.30am – 3.30pm Saturdays. Parking is available on site.

Bass Coast

There are currently 18 active COVID-19 cases in Bass Coast being managed by the GRPHU.
Testing opportunities in Bass Coast include;

South Gippsland

There are currently 16 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 – 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