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Orbost Covid scare

Orbost Covid scare

COVID visitor to Orbost causes businesses to close

UPDATE: Tim Bull MP has confirmed, after speaking with the woman's extended family, that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

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A number of businesses in Orbost and Marlo have temporarily closed after a visitor who is awaiting Covid-19 test results spent the weekend in the area.

There are reports the Melbourne resident, who is originally from Orbost, attended places including the Marlo Hotel, a tackle shop, a Chinese restaurant and an Orbost supermarket.

Those businesses have been closed for cleaning and will remain closed until the woman's test results are known.

A statement by Orbost Regional Health is below.

Gippsland now has 12 active cases of Covid-19 with a new case recorded in the South Gippsland Shire.

Latrobe City, South Gippsland and Baw Baw have three active cases each. Bass Coast has two and East Gippsland one.

Wellington Shire is currently without an active case of Covid-19.

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Orbost Regional Health has posted the following statement on its Facebook page:

ORH became aware last night about a suspected positive case of Covid-19 in a visitor to our area. We have made contact with the Department of Health and Human Services who coordinate contact tracing and notifying suspected cases.

Due to the volume of cases that Victoria is seeing this may take some time. We ask that any person who thinks that they may have been in contact, or is concerned about their risks factors to stay at home and self isolate until further information is available. ORH will work closely with the relevant authorities to coordinate testing locally but this needs to be set up safely to protect our staff as well as our community.

In line with current advice, wearing a mask when out of your home is recommended, along with washing your hands often and keeping at least 1.5 metres away from others. Please stay at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms and you must self isolate at home until your swab result is back if you have been tested for Covid-19.

Please call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 if you suspect you may have coronavirus, or have been in contact with a positive case. We will be working as fast as we can to set up the testing locally but ask that you do not phone the medical clinic for testing this morning unless you have symptoms. We will be working with authorities to set up dedicated testing for those people who may have been exposed over the weekend.

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