Positive COVID-19 case in Traralgon

Latrobe City recorded 70 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight.

Staff writers

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar has today confirmed a positive coronavirus case in Traralgon.

It features among nine new cases in regional Victoria.

“We have one further case in the regional results today from the Latrobe Valley, an individual who works at two fast food restaurants in Traralgon,” Mr Weimar said in his daily briefing this morning.

There is one current Tier 2 exposure site in Latrobe City.
Bunnings Warehouse, Traralgon
Wednesday 15 September, 5.40pm – 6.45pm
Only people who visited the Tier 2 exposure site during the times listed should get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Family members or other people within the household do not need to get tested if they did not attend the exposure site.
Continue to monitor for symptoms and get tested again if symptoms appear.
Additional testing resources have been established to assist with demand.
A pop-up drive-through testing site has been established at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve.
Testing site operating hours:
Traralgon Recreation Reserve – drive-through
9.30am – 5pm Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19.
No appointment needed, no referral required.
To access this drive-through testing clinic, please follow traffic management signage and enter from Howitt Street (via Liddiard Road) turning left into the back entrance of the Recreation Reserve.
Latrobe Valley Respiratory Clinic in Morwell has expanded capacity for testing. Clinic opening times and booking details at www.gphn.org.au/covid-19/
Dorevitch Pathology –drive through at Latrobe Regional Hospital by appointment only, will be open from 10am – 4pm Saturday, September 18.

Gippsland Regional Public Health Unit (GRPHU) confirmed Mr Weimar’s announcement earlier today.

“Further investigations are underway, including case interviews,” a GRPHU spokesperson said.

“We ask the community to remain vigilant, to get tested if experiencing any symptoms (however minor) and to continue to practice COVIDSafe behaviours like using the QR Code check-ins, social  distancing and wearing face masks.”

There are currently 36 primary close contacts, 92 per cent of these contacts are negative.

The Valley case joins three new cases in Ballarat (nine active), two in Geelong (13 active), two in Mitchell Shire (11 active) and one in the eastern Wimmera.