COVID-19 Alert: 31 December at 6am


In this alert:

  • Three locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Melbourne
  • New screening clinic in Parkdale
  • NSW Red Zone extended to Wollongong and the Blue Mountains

Three locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Melbourne

Unfortunately, Victoria’s two months without community-acquired COVID-19 cases has come to an end.

Three people have tested positive to COVID-19 in Melbourne. The cases were acquired locally, and extensive contact tracing is underway.

The current list of public-exposure sites is below:

  • 26/12/20 – Holy Family Parish Doveton, 4pm-6pm*
  • 26/12/20 – Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lacoste – Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, 9am-11am
  • 27/12/20 – Mentone/Parkdale beach, 10am-4.30pm
  • 28/12/20 – Century City Walk and Mocha Jo’s, Glen Waverley, 1.30pm-5pm
  • 28/12/20 – Katialo Restaurant, Eaton Mall, Oakleigh, 7pm-8.15pm

If you visited any of these locations during the date indicated, you should immediately get tested and stay at home until you receive a negative result. You should not attend gatherings, such as NYE parties, while awaiting results.

*If you visited the Holy Family Parish Doveton between 4pm-6pm on 26/12/20 you must also call the COVID-19 employee hotline on 959 45815.

These public-exposure sites will be added to ED and visitor screening processes.

You can view an up-to-date list of exposure locations here.

These new cases are a reminder that we need to maintain our vigilance and awareness of the risk of infection. This means impeccable hand hygiene, risk assessment before patient contact, proper shift handovers and appropriate PPE.

If you feel unwell or are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, you must not attend work and you should be tested.

New screening clinic in Parkdale

We will stand up an additional drive-through screening clinic in Parkdale from 11am today (Thursday) in preparation for an expected increase in demand for testing.

The new clinic will be located at Don Tatnell Leisure Centre carpark, Warren Rd, Parkdale, 3195.

NSW Red Zone extended to Wollongong and the Blue Mountains

The Red Zone in NSW has been extended to include the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

Anyone who has been in or visited these regions from 27 December will have until 11.59pm on 31 December to enter Victoria.

Anyone intending to return to Victoria from these areas between midnight 30 December and 11.59pm on 31 December must apply for a new travel permit, must get tested within 24 hours of returning to Victoria, and must self-quarantine at home for 14 days from when they last left the region.

Nobody who has visited these areas will be able to enter Victoria after 31 December.

If you have been in Wollongong or the Blue Mountains since 27 December you must:

  1. Get tested and stay at home until a negative test result is received.
  2. Contact Monash Health Infection Prevention team infectionprevention@monashhealth.organd COVID-19 Enquiries team advising the last day that you were in the area, your employee number and your mobile number.
  3. Contact your line manager.

All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards.

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.

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