COVID cases and hospitalisations grow in Gippsland

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COVID cases and hospitalisations in Gippsland are growing, as restrictions are set to ease across the state from tomorrow.

Twelve people are currently in Latrobe Regional Hospital with COVID-19 — the designated hospital caring for COVID patients from across Gippsland — with three of those in intensive care.

The age range of patients is 24 to 75, and two of the ICU patients are on ventilators.

Of the 12 COVID-19 patients currently in LRH, 58 per cent are unvaccinated and 25 per cent have received a single dose.

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

There are currently 479 known cases of COVID-19 across Gippsland — 11 of those in Wellington Shire.

No public exposure sites are associated with the Wellington cases.

In Gippsland, Baw Baw has the highest known case numbers at 215, with Latrobe City close behind on 209, Bass Coast 16, South Gippsland 16 and East Gippsland 12.

This morning, Victoria recorded 2232 new local cases of COVID-19 — the second highest case tally on record — and 12 deaths.

Victoria has now surpassed 1000 coronavirus-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1005 deaths.

The new cases brought Victoria’s active case tally to 22,889.

There were 779 patients with COVID-19 in hospital in Victoria —141 in intensive care and 96 on ventilators.

Of the people in hospital in Victoria, 88 per cent were not fully vaccinated, and 98 per cent of the patients in intensive care were not fully vaccinated.