EXPOSURE SITES IN SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS

Update 13 October 2021

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.

Please check the Service Vic app on your device to check exposure dates and times. The WDHS Drive-thru testing clinic is open until 3pm today.

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 WDHS 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.
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Please continue to check exposure sites in the media, or on the Department of Health website. Please note, there can be delays with the details provided on the DHHS site

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or has been to an exposure site should get tested, and follow the Department of Health’s instructions. It’s also an important step to get vaccinated if you are eligible and want to help protect the community, while also staying informed about outbreaks and exposure sites as the situation develops.

Not Sure What to do?

Exposure sites are listed on the Victorian Exposure Sites website 

  • Sometimes there is a delay in identifying an exposure site, and that site being listed on the state website.
  • Tier 2 sites will most likely not be notified via text message, so please check the public exposure site website regularly.
  • Not everyone who checked in at a site using a QR code will be contacted.

If you are not sure what to do, please see below:

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and don’t know what to do

CLICK >> Checklist – what to do

Quarantine / self-isolation assistance

If you are self-isolating and need assistance WDHS Helping Hands is available. Call the Hotline on 1800 943 131 9am and 4pm weekdays, or email helpinghands@wdhs.net to access this service.

You can also contact the COVID hotline on 1800 675 39.

Information for Businesses

If your business has been identified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure site please find additional information in the below links:

My business is a Tier 1 exposure site

My business is a Tier 2 exposure site

Frequently asked questions

I have been to a Tier 1 exposure site during the time period listed

  • You need to get tested as soon as possible and quarantine for 14 days.
  • Your household members need to quarantine for 14 days with you.
  • Please call the Department of health on 1800 675 398 if you haven’t received a text or had a call from the Public Health Unit

I have a household member who has been to a Tier 1 exposure site during the time period listed

  • You need to quarantine with your household member for 14 days

I have been to a Tier 2 exposure site during the time period listed

  • You need to get tested as soon as possible and isolate at home until you receive a negative result

I have a household member who has been to a Tier 2 exposure site during the time period listed

  • You don’t need to get tested or quarantine

I have been told I am a Primary Close contact of a Positive Case

  • You need to get tested as soon as possible and quarantine for 14 days.
  • Your household members need to quarantine for 14 days with you.
  • Please call the Department of health on 1800 675 398 if you haven’t received a text or had a call from the Public Health Unit

I spent time with a friend or colleague who has attended a Tier 1 or 2 exposure site

  • You don’t need to get tested or quarantine

Please get tested with even the slightest symptom and isolate until you receive a negative result

I’ve been told I can pre-register for a COVID swab test. Where can I find out more?

  • You can pre-register for a COVID swab test using this registration form. Your registration is valid for 90 days and can be used at other testing facilities if applicable.

Open COVID-19 testing registration poster

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