COVID Update – 25 November

WDHS has been notified of two new cases of COVID-19 today. This brings the total number of cases linked to the current outbreak to 31.

The two new cases are household contacts of a known case and there are no new exposure sites. We will keep the community informed if further information about exposure sites or high risk venues comes to hand. We are pleased to advise that the one remaining case in hospital has been discharged home.

WDHS is monitoring 26 patients at home, the remaining cases are being monitored outside our region.

DO I NEED TO GET TESTED?

If you have received a text message from the Department of Health, your employer, school, sporting or community club notifying you of a potential exposure, you must get tested. If you have attended any of the high-risk venues listed below, you must get tested. If you have symptoms, however mild, please get tested. WDHS Drive-thru is open tomorrow at the Hamilton Showgrounds 9am to 3pm.

Click this link to pre-register for testing:https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill

PCR VS RAPID ANTIGEN TEST

You may have heard about Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT). The RAT is incredibly useful for people who work in high risk settings (such as aged care and transport workers) who might need to be tested regularly to go about their work. While faster, the RAT is not as accurate. For this reason, you must have a standard PCR test (available at the WDHS drive-thru clinic) if you are a close contact or have Covid symptoms. This is the most reliable tool we have for accurate and early detection. Current testing turnaround time is 24-48 hours.

TIER 1 EXPOSURE SITE:

• If you are fully vaccinated – test and isolate for 7 days from the date of exposure and get a test on day 6. For the purposes of calculating the days you are required to isolate, Thursday November 18 is considered day zero. This means you must have your 2nd test on Wednesday November 24.

• If you are not fully vaccinated (12 years and older) get tested – isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure and get a test on day 13. For the purposes of calculating the days you are required to isolate, Thursday November 18 is considered day zero. This means you must have your 2nd test on Wednesday December 1.

📅 18/11/2021📍 Caledonian Hotel, 153 Thompson Street, Hamilton – 5:00pm-7:30pm

OTHER HIGH RISK VENUES:

A confirmed cases of COVID-19 attended these sites on the days / times listed below.If you were at one of the high risk venues at these times, we strongly recommend you get tested.

📅 18/11/2021📍 St Mary’s School, 48 Hiller Lane, Hamilton – outdoor basketball courts – 4pm to 5:25pm

📅 19/11/21📍 Hamilton Indoor Leisure & Aquatic Centre (HILAC) – 83-93 Shakespeare Street, Hamilton- 5:50pm – 8:00pm

📅 20/11/21📍 Hamilton Indoor Leisure & Aquatic Centre (HILAC), 83-93 Shakespeare Street, Hamilton – 11:18am – 12:48pm

📅 14/11/21📍 The Roxburgh House, 64 Thompson Street, Hamilton – 4:00pm – 6:30pm

📅 16/11/21📍 Alexandra House Sports Club, 134 Brown Street, Hamilton – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

📅 17/11/21📍 Alexandra House Sports Club, 134 Brown Street, Hamilton – 12:00pm – 2:30pm

📅 16/11/21📍 Freemason’s Lodge, 114 Lonsdale Street, Hamilton – 7:00pm – 11:00pm

📅 18/11/21📍 Patterson Park Hall, 194 King Street, Hamilton – 1:00pm – 4:30pm

📅 19/11/21📍 Woodys Café, 113 Thompson Street, Hamilton – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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📅 17/11/2021📍 Hamilton Uniting Church, 113 Lonsdale Street, Hamilton – 10:00am – 11:00am

📅 18/11/2021📍 Botanical Motel, 75 French Street, Hamilton – 5:00pm – 6:05pm

📅 18/11/2021📍 All Abilities Equestrian Centre, 19 Laidlaws Road, Warrong – 10:45am – 12:05pm

📅 19/11/2021📍 Izzy’s Restaurant, 71 Gray Street, Hamilton – 7:30pm – 12:00pm

📅 20/11/2021📍 Nutrien Ag, 58 North Boundary Road, Hamilton – 9:00am – 12pm

📅 15/11/2021📍 Hamilton Medical Group, 20 Foster Street Hamilton – 10:45am – 11:10am

📅 19/11/2021📍 Hamilton Medical Group, 20 Foster Street Hamilton – 11:00am – 12:00pm & 12.30pm to 2.30pm

📅 18/11/2021📍 Grampians Accountancy Service, 62 Gray Street, Hamilton – 3:15pm – 3:30pm

Please note: – Exposure site management: due to our high vaccination rates we are changing the way we respond to exposure sites in the community with a focus now on Tier One sites and only high risk sites. – Schools are not listed here as public exposure sites. If your school has advised you of a COVID exposure within the school community, we recommend you contact your school for further instructions or for any questions.

– If the Public Health Unit have all contacts of an exposure site, or if an exposure site affects staff only, the location/venue will not be listed here.

– Other high risk venues will not be listed on the Department of Health website. – If you have even the mildest symptoms please come forward and get tested.

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