THE Wellington municipal area now has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, ending an impressive run of no active cases in the shire for some weeks.
The latest cases bring the total number in the municipality to 15, the other 13 cases no longer being active.
A case confirmed on Wednesday has been attributed to the 3851 postcode area, which covers Airly, Bundalaguah, Clydebank, Cobains, Darriman, Dutson, Dutson Downs, Flamingo Beach, Fulham, Giffard, Giffard West, Glomar Beach, Golden Beach, Kilmany, Lake Wellington, Loch Sport, Longford, Montgomery, Myrtlebank, Paradise Beach, Pearsondale, Seacombe, Seaspray, Somerton Park, Stradbroke, The Heart and The Honeysuckles.
Another case, confirmed on Thursday, has been attributed to the 3860 postcode (Boisdale, Briagolong, Bushy Park, Coongulla, Koorool, Maffra, Monomak, Moroka, Nap Nap Marra, Riverslea, Toolome, Valencia Creek, Woolenook, Wrathung and Wrixon).
Latrobe currently has 18 active cases, Baw Baw has three, Bass Coast has two, and South Gippsland has one. East Gippsland currently has no active cases.
Victoria has recorded 240 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 17,683.
There have been 13 new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday: one man in his 70s, six women in their 80s, five women in their 90s and one man in his 90s.
There are 622 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 43 in intensive care.
Of the total cases (active and non-active), 16,277 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1068 are from regional Victoria.
As of Thursday, 376 people had died from coronavirus in Victoria.
People are being urged to get tested, even if they have the mildest of cold and flu-like symptoms.
People in Wellington can book to have a COVID-19 test online through the Inglis Medical Centre website, or phone 5143 7900 and 5143 7981. It is important to fill in the registration form before entering the clinic, which is at the rear of Inglis Medical Centre.
For booking details for all respiratory clinics, visit www.gphn.org.au/covid-19.
Detailed COVD-19 statistics are released by the Department of Health and Human Services late afternoons, after Gippsland Times issues have gone to press.