COVID-19 Update 13-10-21(please read full post for details)
Exposure site – Hamilton 7/10/2021 12.20pm to 12.40pm McDonalds, 118 Brown Street Hamilton VIC 3300 (Tier 2)
Customers and staff who were at McDonalds during this period should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Comments from Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald: Regional contact tracers are currently investigating a positive COVID-19 case who visited a school and fast food outlet in Hamilton last week. Two staff members from a company based in Melbourne made a delivery of furniture to Baimbridge College last Thursday October 7. One of these men subsequently became unwell and was tested for COVID-19 on Sunday and returned a positive result. The other delivery person has been tested and returned a negative result.
WDHS has since tested six Baimbridge College staff, who are believed to have had minimal contact with the furniture delivery team while they were at the school. WDHS conducted rapid antigen tests on the Baimbridge staff members and their initial results have come back negative. PCR tests were also conducted, with the results expected soon.
The furniture delivery men were at Baimbridge for less than one hour according to the Company’s records and did not come into contact with students while at the school. Our advice is that the school itself will not need to be closed, or made a tier 1 or 2 site. However, three of the Baimbridge staff who came into direct contact with the case are considered tier 1 primary close contacts and must isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure (regardless of their test results).
The four other Baimbridge staff members did not have direct contact with the case and are isolating until they return a negative test result. The furniture delivery drivers were also in-store at McDonald’s Hamilton between 12.20pm and 12.40pm on Thursday October 7. Our advice is that McDonalds will be designated a Tier 2 site for staff and customers who were in store during this timeframe.
Anyone who has attended a Tier 2 site, must isolate and get tested until they receive a negative result. We are grateful for the proactive way in which the furniture company has reached out to Baimbridge College, which has led to school staff quickly isolating and getting tested. A big thank you to the Principal and staff for their response to reduce the potential spread of the virus in our community. The case has been referred to the Barwon South West Public Health Unit.
WDHS will continue to update the community and will extend its Drive-thru operating hours, if demand increases for this service. If you have any symptoms, however, mild, or have visited an exposure site, please get tested.