Eight new cases in Latrobe City

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

Staff writers

LATROBE City recorded eight new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight.

COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar shared more on the new cases at this morning’s press briefing.

“Four are known household primary close contacts of no huge exposure risk, two are from another household that’s been part of our ongoing investigations and we’re nailing down their acquisition source and two cases that came in late last night are under investigation this morning,” Mr Weimar said.

“A big shout out to the team at Gippsland Region Public Health Unit and the wider Latrobe Valley for their work over the last week or so on that Latrobe cluster and bringing it under control.”

Five of the new cases are in the 3840 postcode (Morwell district), two in the 3842 postcode (Churchill district) and one in the 3844 postcode (Traralgon district).

That lifts the tally of active cases in the municipality to 73.

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU) reported there are no new Tier 1 exposure sites in Latrobe City.

“Only sites of concern are being listed on the Department of Health and GRPHU platforms,” a GRPHU spokesperson said.

“Evidence suggests there have been no transmissions of the virus at any Tier 2 exposure site in Gippsland.

“As a result, we will be publishing Tier 1 exposure sites as a priority.”

The current list of Tier 1 exposure sites in Latrobe City is as follows:

Chemist Discount Centre, Churchill
Wednesday 29 September, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Pets Domain, Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell
Tuesday 28 September, 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Village Cinemas, CINEMA 5 ONLY, Morwell
Sunday 26 September, 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre GYM ONLY, Traralgon
Monday 27 September, 6.20pm – 7.20pm
Tuesday 28 September, 6.20pm – 7.45pm
National Australia Bank, Morwell
Tuesday 28 September, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 29 September, 9.00am – 11.00am
Cafe Qu Bah, Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell
Sunday 26 September, 5.55pm – 7.15pm
Betta Electrical, Moe
Monday 27 September, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Ramahyuck Medical Clinic, Morwell
Wednesday 22 September, 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Thursday 23 September, 9.30am – 11.00am
Repco, Morwell
Thursday 23 September, 8.00am – 12.00pm
Repco, Traralgon
Wednesday 22 September, 7.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 23 September, 12.30pm – 5.00pm

GRPHU 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.
If you think you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 or may otherwise be a close contact, get in touch with the GRPHU on 5173 5451 or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
If you have a primary close contact living in your household (someone who attended a
Tier 1 site within the specified times), you must stay in quarantine until that person is told they can leave quarantine. So, all within your household must quarantine. The close contact should isolate themselves where possible. Other people within that household should get tested if symptoms appear.

Testing opportunities in Latrobe City include;
• Dorevitch drive-through (LRH) Wednesday 9am – 2.30pm, Thursday 10am – 2.30pm, Friday 10am – 2.30pm. Appointments required on 5165 0800.
• Clinical Labs Traralgon, Monday – Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm. Appointments required on 5174 0285.
• Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium drive through, Ashby St, Traralgon 9.30am – 5pm Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday this week. No appointments required.
• Latrobe Valley Respiratory Clinic, Morwell. 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday and Saturday 9am – 12pm.
Appointments required on 5191 9321 or online at https://bit.ly/3Fbd8eH.
• LCHS – Senior Citizens Centre, Moe – Walk-up, no appointments necessary. Wednesday and Thursday this  week, 9 – 11am.

The Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd is running a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Morwell today.

The clinic is open from 11am-3pm at 162-164 Commercial Road, Morwell.

Walk-ins are welcome or you can call 5134 3816 to make a booking.

Anyone aged 12 years and over can get vaccinated at Kurnai College in Morwell from Friday through to Sunday.

The times are as follows:

Friday, October 8 (4pm-6.30pm)

Saturday, October 9 (8am-4.30pm)

Sunday, October 10 (8am-4.30pm)

You can walk-in to get your vaccination, no bookings are required.

Across Gippsland there are 112 active cases of COVID-19, with Latrobe’s 73 accompanied Baw Baw (21), South Gippsland (nine), Bass Coast (six) and Wellington (three).

Victoria recorded 1420 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight with 11 deaths reported.

Regional Victoria recorded 80 new cases, lifting the total number of active cases to 611.