Gippsland COVID-19 figures creep up to 342

COVID-19 numbers have continued to remain stubbornly high in Victoria, despite the state having exceeded the 90% full vaccination rate, and the same is true for Gippsland where there has been a slight increase in these. days.

As the state added 1,252 new cases of COVID-19, reported on Saturday, November 27, to make 11,257 active cases in Victoria, Gippsland’s number also rose to 342, up 25 from reported figures Friday.

Locally, Bass Coast has 39 active cases, 6 more, Baw Baw 70/4, East Gippsland 122/10, Latrobe City 56/2, South Gippsland 29/2 and Wellington 26/3.

Victoria’s 12+ vaccine status is 93.7 percent single dose and 90.4 percent double dose.

There are 299 cases of COVID-19 at Victoria Hospital, 42 active cases and 48 eliminated cases are in intensive care, with 22 cases on a ventilator.

Of those hospitalized, 62 percent were not fully immunized, and among those in intensive care, 82 percent were not fully immunized.

The 10 local government areas with the most new cases are Hume, Casey, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Whittlesea, Boroondara, Port Phillip, Greater Dandenong and Moreland.

Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health was informed yesterday of five deaths of people aged 50, 70 and 80. This brings the total death toll in Victoria to 1,318 since the start of the pandemic.

As of Friday, 57,292 COVID-19 tests were processed.

New variant of COVID-19 of concern

In response to the new Omicron B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant of concern, health authorities in Victoria are working with our colleagues in the Commonwealth and States and Territories to better understand the potential implications of this new variant and what mitigation strategies are. necessary to keep Australians protected.

COVID-19 vaccination booster doses

The Commonwealth is leading the COVID-19 vaccination booster program across Australia and doses can now be booked online. Anyone aged 18 and over, who received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago, is encouraged to get a COVID-19 booster now.

Those who have completed a primary vaccination course abroad with a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration may also receive a booster dose.

Booster doses are available from general practitioners, pharmacists and Victorian vaccination centers.

People can call the Coronavirus hotline at 1 800 675 398 or use the online reservation system to make an appointment for a booster dose, or visit a vaccination center.

Reminder on face masks

Workers and visitors are required to wear a mask inside health facilities.

You should always have a face mask with you when you leave the house, except in certain limited circumstances. It is highly recommended that you wear one whenever you cannot stand 1.5 meters away from others.

Masks are required in some places in Victoria for:

* Indoors only for elementary school staff, visitors aged 12 and over and for students in grades 3 to 6.

* Workers serving the public in reception areas.

* Workers and customers of interior stores.

* Workers in high risk settings such as prisons and other detention centers.

* Workers in a slaughterhouse, meat, seafood and poultry processing sites.

* All persons in the covered areas of a court which are open to the public or used by jurors.

* Workers occupying roles in front of residents and visitors, inside care establishments.

* Visitors to a hospital.

* Workers and visitors to indoor health care facilities, including community health centers (including centers for mental health, child and maternity services and addiction and alcohol counseling), GP surgeries, COVID-19-related healthcare sites (including testing, vaccination and hotel quarantine facilities), healthcare clinics (including specialty and paramedical clinics), health centers diagnostic and medical imaging, mobile health services or blood donation centers.

* Hair and beauty salon workers and clients can remove their mask if necessary for service (eg beard size).

* In public transport, taxis / carpooling services, passenger vehicles and commercial flights.

* At an airport.

There will also be mask requirements, density limits and caps in place for weddings, funerals, places of worship and other places if the immunization status of those present is unknown or not. checked.

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