More than 700 Gippsland COVID-19 cases

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit was managing 707 positive COVID cases in Gippsland, as of yesterday.
There were four people in Latrobe Regional Hospital, with three of those in intensive care.
Wellington Shire had 26 known cases of COVID-19, with Latrobe City having the most cases of any Gippsland municipality, at 446.
Bass Coast had seven cases, Baw Baw 169, South Gippsland 11 and East Gippsland 48.
While there were no tier one sites listed for Wellington Shire as of yesterday, the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex in Sale is continuing with drive-through testing from 9am to noon, Monday to Friday this week.
Pre-fill details using the testing registration form testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill
Cases remain persistently high in the Latrobe Valley, with current tier one exposure sites including several sites at Traralgon, the latest at Missen Link Burgers, two sites in Warragul and several sites in Moe.
Exposure sites are listed at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/case-alerts-public-exposure-sites
Closer to home, Waves Bistro at Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club was forced to close for meals at the weekend after one of its key staff members was unknowingly exposed to COVID-19.
Via social media on Saturday, the club announced the worker had been exposed to the virus at another job, and was quarantining for testing.
People who had booked were alerted to the cancellation of meals, but the club did open the Sand Bar from midday for drinks, also offering bowls of chips and garden salads.
After the previous Melbourne Cup long weekend was disrupted by wild weather and power outages, this was another blow for the town and the club, but staff were remaining positive and still welcoming guests.
“Feel free to grab a burger or some fish and chips at Seaspray General Store and bring it over to enjoy a beverage or two on the deck and enjoy the sunshine and ocean views,” they suggested on social media.
Vaccination numbers continue to climb in Victoria, and Gippsland Region Public Health says there are plans to establish more vaccination pop-up clinics in Gippsland in coming weeks.
Gippsland Region Public Health Unit operations manager Annelies Titulaer said vaccinations were highly effective at preventing serious disease and hospitalisation.
“… vaccinations work well when used with other public health protection measures such as indoor masks in public places, reducing the sizes of public gatherings, social distancing, QR code check ins and santising your hands,” she said.
She also urged Gippslanders to plan ahead for the time they may need to spend isolating or quarantining.
“Think about what food and other provisions that you might need and look to get them delivered via online shopping or a phone service,” Ms Titulaer said.
As of Saturday, 93 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 84.7 per cent have had two doses, while 92.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 83.6 per cent two doses.
Last Thursday there was good news as the borders between New South Wales and Victoria opened, allowing free travel between Australia’s two biggest states well ahead of Christmas.
All areas of the ACT and New South Wales are now green zones under Victoria’s travel permit system, meaning for the first time in more than six months in Victoria, all local government areas in all states and territories across Australia will be green zones for the purposes of entering Victoria.
Travellers, including workers, who are entering Victoria from green zones face no testing or quarantine requirements, but are still required to obtain a permit from Service Victoria before they arrive, to verify they aren’t COVID-19 positive or required to isolate as a close contact.
There are no requirements for fully vaccinated Victorians entering New South Wales, unless they have been to a place of high concern in Victoria.
Victorians aged over 16 years and not fully vaccinated are not allowed to enter New South Wales for recreation or holidays.
More information is available on nsw.gov.au
Rapid antigen tests are now available in stores, but Gippsland Region Public Health says they can only tell if an individual is “likely” to have COVID-19.
“In Victoria, a standard (PCR) test at a testing centre is still needed to confirm if you have COVID-19,” it said in a statement.
“If you test positive from a rapid antigen test, then you must isolate, get tested with a standard (PCR) test and stay isolated until you get your results.
“Most rapid antigen tests will provide you with a result in 15 to 30 minutes.
“It’s faster, but less accurate than a standard (PCR) test. It’s best to use them when you have COVID-19 symptoms.
“The availability and approval of this technology for use in the home is a big step forward, but please take extra care to understand the result and what steps you still may have to take.”