Big W, Mid Valley not an exposure site as 17 new COVID-19 cases reported in Latrobe City

Latrobe Valley recorded 41 new cases of COVID-19.

Gregor Mactaggart

GIPPSLAND Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU) has confirmed Big W at Mid Valley Shopping Centre is not a public exposure site.

“Whilst we can confirm a positive COVID-19 case attended the venue, after further investigations this exposure was extremely low risk and presents no further risk to public health,” a GRPHU spokesperson said.

“No further public health actions are required by the community.”

The announcement came after Latrobe City recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight.

That lifts the tally of active cases in the municipality to 139.

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said the rise in active cases was a concern.

“There are 17 cases in Latrobe and 17 cases in Baw Baw Shire,” Mr Weimar said.

“There is significant work to do there and we’re working hard with local players.”

Mr Weimar is appearing at an online community forum run by the Latrobe Health Assembly tonight.

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

Morwell Central Primary School, Morwell
Wednesday 6 October, 9.00am – 3.45pm
Thursday 7 October, 9.00am – 3.34pm
Morwell Park Primary School, Morwell
Monday 4 October, 9.00am – 3.15pm
Chemist Discount Centre, Churchill
Wednesday 29 September, 10.00am – 5.30pm
National Australia Bank, Morwell
Wednesday 29 September, 9.00am – 11.00am

In all, there were 170 new cases in regional Victoria during the 24 hours up to midnight, lifting the current total of active cases to 1289.

Greater Geelong 32 and Greater Shepparton 30 headlining the list of regional Victoria’s active cases.

It comes as Victoria recorded 2297 fresh COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours up to midnight, lifting the state’s tally to more than 20,000 active cases.