No new COVID positive case in the Valley

Latrobe City now has 21 active COVID-19 positive cases.

By MICHELLE SLATER

A COVID-19 case recorded in the Latrobe Valley today has turned out to be negative, the Gippsland Public Health Unit has confirmed.

It comes as the Victorian coronavirus website had reported a new case in the 3825 postcode, which incorporates Moe and Newborough.

The GRPHU was notified that a local person could have potentially been exposed to the virus.

“This initiated the COVID-19 response protocol and following further testing this morning, the person has returned a negative result,” a spokesperson said.

“The GRPHU is working with the Victorian Department of Health to ensure the data is updated.”

There is currently one active COVID-19 case at Poowong in South Gippsland. This is a low risk case and there are no exposure sites associated with this case.

“We acknowledge the community’s cooperation during lockdown and remind people to quarantine and get tested if directed to do so. Your cooperation significantly reduces the spread of the virus.”

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton had stated there were five new cases in regional Victoria at this morning’s daily media conference.

Dr Sutton said this was including one in the Latrobe Valley, “likely acquired in Melbourne”.

“All household contacts have tested negative. This is a good sign. There will be low-level exposure sites,” Dr Sutton said.

“We need everyone in these areas to be on guard and be wary of these potential exposure sites.”

Dr Sutton encouraged people to check the Victorian government’s coronavirus website for any updated exposure sites.