Four new COVID-19 cases in Latrobe City, current list of exposure sites

Latrobe City recorded 34 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight on Sunday.

Gregor Mactaggart

FOUR new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Latrobe City during the past 24 hours.

These lift the total of active cases in the region to 22.

All the new cases are in the 3844 postcode (Traralgon and district).

Health Minister Martin Foley said the decision to introduce a lockdown across Latrobe City last night was necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We had little or no choice through the public health advice to act, and act quickly,” Mr Foley said.

“We apologise for the short notice, but it was a rapidly deteriorating situation and the decision was made to keep that community as safe as possible.”

Mr Foley said two new pop-up clinics have been established to cope with the demand.

“Support has been increased,” he said.

“We are also ramping up the vaccination efforts in Latrobe City in response to the outbreak.

“The Traralgon Racecourse vaccination site and seven other clinics will be extending their operating hours and opening up on Saturday.”

The state’s acting chief health officer, Professor Ben Cowie, echoed Mr Foley’s sentiments around the short notice given to Latrobe City residents regarding the lockdown measures.

“I would much rather be apologising for a short amount of warning (about lockdown), rather than waiting and resulting in a significant increase in transmission,” Prof Cowie said.

“We had seen a significant increase in the number of cases in the Latrobe City area.

“The number of primary close contacts approached 100 yesterday and we saw the number of exposure sites start to build … we learned of some connections between family groups.

“We spoke to the local public health unit, local state run GP clinics, Latrobe City, took advice from all the players on the ground.

“The decision (to lockdown) was a public health necessity.”

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU) said one of the additional pop-up testing sites has been established at Ronald Reserve, Morwell (Morwell East football ground).

To access the Morwell East Football Netball Ground, please follow traffic management signage and enter from Vary Street, heading south from Hourigan Road. Turn left to drive around the oval to the testing site.

A GRPHU spokesperson asked for people to please refrain from blocking local residents’ driveways.

Additional testing sites in Latrobe City include;
• Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium drive through, Traralgon 9.30am–5pm today, Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1. No appointments required.
• Dorevitch Pathology drive through at LRH, Traralgon 10am-3pm today and tomorrow, and 9am-11.30am Friday. For bookings contact 5165 0800.
• LCHS – Senior Citizens Centre, Moe – Walk-up, no appointments necessary. 9am–11am today and 9am–11am and 1pm – 4pm tomorrow, and 9am – 12pm Friday.

Mr Foley also said a further 5000 Moderna vaccines would be provided in Latrobe City to bolster the state-run clinics.

Latrobe City’s four cases feature among 30 new COVID-19 positive cases across regional Victoria today.

There are two fresh cases in Wellington, one in Baw Baw and one in South Gippsland.

Victoria recorded 950 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, all of which were locally-acquired, lifting the total of active cases across the state to 9890.



Repco, Morwell

Thursday, September 23, 8am-12.30pm

Repco, Traralgon

Monday, September 20, 7am-5.30pm

Tuesday, September 21, 7am-5.30pm

Wednesday, September 22, 7am-5.30pm

Thursday, September 23, 12pm-5.30pm

Friday, September 24, 8am-5.30pm

A GRPHU spokesperson said anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure regardless of the result.


Bunnings Warehouse, Traralgon

Friday, September 24, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Woolworths, Traralgon

Saturday, September 25, 12.15pm – 12.45pm

Montague Pharmacy, Rintoull St, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 2.30pm-3pm

Kmart, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 10am-10.35am

Thursday, September 16, 2.05pm-2.20pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2.40pm-3.15pm

Coles, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 10.20am-10.45am

Thursday, September 16, 2.20pm-2.45pm

Wednesday, September 15, 2.50pm-3.20pm

Bunnings Warehouse, Morwell

Tuesday, September 21, 5.10pm-5.35pm

Tyre Service, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 9.30am-9.55am and 11.15am-11.45am

Coles, Moe

Wednesday, September 22, 6.30pm-7.05pm

Dear Delilah Florist, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 2pm-2.30pm and 4pm-4.30pm

Shell Service Station, Traralgon

Tuesday, September 21, 11.30am-12pm

Coles, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 9.30am-10am

Woolworths, Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell

Wednesday, September 22, 10.10am-10.40am

Bunnings Warehouse, Traralgon

Wednesday, September 15, 5.25pm-6.50pm

Cotton On, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 9.45am-11.30am

QBD Books, Traralgon Centre Plaza

Tuesday, September 21, 11am-11.30am

Officeworks, Traralgon

Wednesday, September 15, 7am-8.30am

Cooinda Hill Opportunity Shop, Traralgon

Thursday, September 16, 1.30pm-2pm