Relief as Latrobe Valley close contacts return negative COVID-19 results

Relief: The Latrobe Valley PCC's have returned a negative COVID-19 test result. photograph tom gannon

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THE two Primary Close Contacts (PCC) identified in the Latrobe Valley last night have returned negative tests results for COVID-19 following Rapid Response Testing.

The PCCs are connected with Traralgon’s Cumberland Park Preschool, which closed today for deep cleaning as a precautionary measure.

The preschool can now operate as normal following the negative test results, however it is encouraged that anyone experiencing even the mildest of symptoms should get tested.

The PCCs came into contact with a positive case following an appointment at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

The Gippsland Regional Public Health Unit is providing support and advice to the family, and would like to acknowledge the proactive response by Latrobe City Council and the PCCs that have followed public health actions to ensure this situation remains a very low risk to the community.

The Latrobe City Council released a statement regarding the negative COVID-19 test results and the implications on the re-opening of the preschool on Thursday afternoon.

“As a precautionary measure, in line with COVID Safe practices, deep cleaning of the kindergarten has been completed today,” the spokesperson said.

“Management has contacted families and staff who access and work at the kindergarten to advise of the negative test results.  Classes will resume tomorrow at the kindergarten.

“Council would like to again acknowledge the proactive response by the impacted family. This has allowed Council to act on the advice ahead of formal notification, ensuring the safety of our community.”

Although restrictions have eased in regional Victoria, the community needs to remain vigilant – face masks are mandatory both indoors and out, social distance where you can and keep up to date with the list of Victorian exposure sites and follow the necessary actions.