COVID-19 Case in East Gippsland

The Dept. of Health and Human Services has notified Orbost Regional Health (ORH) that a person who has returned a positive test for COVID-19 was in the Marlo area and a number of other East Gippsland communities over the past few days.

The person was not a patient at ORH, nor did they present to the hospital in Orbost. They are currently self-isolating, as directed, in their home community.

DHHS Contact Tracers have spoken with the person and created a timeline of their movements and contacts.

Contact Tracers are now getting in touch with anyone that was in close contact with the person during that period.

Our messages for the community are:

If you were in contact with the person, DHHS Contact Tracers will be calling you.

This case reminds us that we must redouble our efforts to fight COVID-19 by doing the simple things that have been urged of us since the pandemic started:

  • Practice physical distancing – keep 1.5 meters between yourself and others
  • Stay home unless you really need to be out and about
  • Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Get tested if you are unwell, and then self-isolate

Staff from Latrobe Regional Hospital and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service are assisting ORH to make sure anyone that needs a COVID-19 test in that community will get one.

A pop-up testing clinic is being established at the Orbost Football Ground.

This is for anyone that has been contacted by DHHS and asked to be tested.

This clinic will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

No appointments are necessary. Staff will be in attendance all day for testing.

Any other community members in the Orbost area who have not been contacted by DHHS but do have flu-like symptoms, are to ring the Orbost Medical Clinic on 5154 6777 to make an appointment for testing.

As always, people with symptoms in the Bairnsdale area are to be tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic. Make an appointment there by calling 4116 2014.