Total of 438 active COVID cases in Gippsland

There are currently 438 active COVID cases in Gippsland.

There are currently 438 active COVID-19 cases in Gippsland.

Twelve of these active cases are in Wellington Shire – an increase of one on yesterday – with no public exposure sites at this stage.

There are currently 180 active COVID-19 cases in Latrobe City – seven more than yesterday, while Baw Baw has 215 active COVID-19 cases – eight more than yesterday.

Bass Coast has 12 active cases, East Gippsland 6 and South Gippsland 13.

The death of a man from Baw Baw, aged in his 70s, has also been recorded.

Gippsland Region Public Health advises that from 11.59pm Thursday October 21, non-household primary close contacts who are fully vaccinated will only need to quarantine for seven days.

This change will also apply to industry, where all workplace primary close contacts will need to isolate for seven days if they are fully vaccinated.

Household and unvaccinated primary close contacts will still be required to isolate for 14 days.

Primary close contacts required to isolate for seven days will need to return negative test results on both day one and day six of their quarantine.

Household contacts of a positive case will need to continue to isolate for 14 days as they continue to have the highest risk of infection, with on average 45 per cent of all household primary close contacts testing positive even when fully vaccinated – a far greater risk of infection than Tier 1 primary close contacts.

As more Victorians get vaccinated, more changes like this are likely to be made.

Work is also underway by public health experts on a broader review of isolation protocols, as Victoria moves towards 80 per cent double dose and beyond.

Gippsland pop-up COVID testing sites are seeing huge demand – but remember, you only need to test if you were at an exposure site during the specified times.

Everyone else in the family or household does not need to test, unless they are experiencing symptoms.

If you were not at an identified exposure site and you don’t have any COVID symptoms, offer your space in the line for someone who needs it more.

For more information about exposure sites and testing sites in Gippsland, visit the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit website lrh.com.au/important-info/lrh-information/gippsland-region-public-health-unit

For additional information about exposure site venues, phone the COVID Hotline for information on 1800 675 398.

Primary close contacts can phone 1300 651 160 for more advice and information.