Positive COVID case in Traralgon as Premier announces lockdown will be extended

There is a positive COVID-19 case in Traralgon.

By Gregor Mactaggart

THERE is a new positive COVID-19 case in Traralgon.

COVID response commander Jeroen Weimar confirmed the case during this morning’s press conference.

He said the positive case travelled to Melbourne for a funeral.

“We understand the acquisition was there (at the funeral),” Mr Weimar said.

He added the person had “very limited” movements in the community.

The positive case is being managed via the COVID positive pathway process, which includes regular contact and health monitoring.

There are no other people at risk within this person’s household.

It is the first active case in Latrobe City since January 12 this year and features among the 92 new locally-acquired infections recorded on Sunday.

Four Tier 2 exposure sites have been identified with the confirmed case.

They are Coles, Traralgon Centre Plaza, Sunday, August 22, 11.45am-12.25pm, Traralgon Centre Plaza foodcourt (eastern end), Sunday, August 22, 12.25pm-12.45pm, Friday, August 27, 11.10am-11.15am and Woolworths, Seymour Street, Monday, August 23, 5.20pm-5.45pm.

Anyone who visited a Tier 2 exposure site during these times should urgently get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.

The Gippsland Region Public Health Unit said it  is working closely with Latrobe Community Health Service, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Latrobe City Council to establish a pop-up, drive-through testing site in the carpark of the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium in Traralgon.

Testing site operating hours:
* Dorevitch at Latrobe Regional Hospital – drive-through 12pm today.
* Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium – drive-through 3.30 – 6.30pm today and 9.30am  – 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

To access this drive-through clinic, traffic can wrap around Catterick Crescent.

Premier Daniel Andrews said due to the number of cases out in the community while they were sick, the statewide lockdown will be extended beyond September 2.

“We still have too many cases that are in the community for too long for us to be able to open up and give back to Victorians, whether it be in Melbourne or across the state,” he said.