Fifteen new COVID-19 cases in Latrobe City

One new Tier 1 exposure site has been added in Latrobe City.

Staff writers

LATROBE City recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight.

Professor Ben Cowie confirmed the news in this morning’s press briefing.

“There are 15 new cases in Latrobe with the majority linked to existing known cases,” Professor Cowie said.

That lifts the tally of active COVID-19 cases in Latrobe City to 89.

Morwell Park Primary School this morning revealed a confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported.

The school said in a statement that it is closed to all students, staff and community members until further notice.

“While the Department of Health conducts its investigation, staff and students who were onsite on Monday, October 4 should stay home and limit their movements until advised otherwise,” the school said.

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit confirmed tonight that the school was a Tier 1 exposure site on Monday, October 4 from 9am-3.15pm.

It is the second Tier 1 exposure site to emerge in the period after last week’s snap lockdown was introduced following Churchill’s Chemist Discount Centre (Wednesday, September 29 from 10am-5.30pm).

Professor Cowie was non-committal when questioned on whether lockdown measures would be reintroduced in Latrobe City as a result of today’s latest COVID-19 numbers.

“It is fair to say we are seeing increasing numbers in regional Victoria,” he said.

“Latrobe was a particular concern (last week), I think it was a circuit-breaker and allowed the local public health unit time to get their responses in order.

“Extended lockdowns in regional areas are becoming increasingly rare and the message is for people to get vaccinated now.”

GRPHU said anyone who has been at a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed need to isolate and get tested, and remain in quarantine for 14 days regardless of your result.

It said everyone within your household must also quarantine at home and get a COVID test if symptoms appear.
Symptoms, however minor, include coughing, high temperature, chills, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.
Testing centres open in Latrobe City are as follows:
• Dorevitch drive-through (LRH) 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 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. 9am – 11am today.
Latrobe City’s new cases come on a day where 115 new COVID-19 cases were reported in regional Victoria, seven per cent of the state’s total fresh cases.
Mitchell Shire recorded 17 new cases, Geelong 16, Shepparton 11, Mount Alexander 11, Ballarat (eight)
Victoria recorded 1638 new cases in the 24 hours up to midnight, all of which were locally-acquired.