States on high alert after new cases
NSW and Victoria are on high alert after both states issued warnings overnight over new COVID-19 cases, with dozens of venues impacted.
Authorities in Victoria issued a warning just before midnight on Sunday, after a hotel quarantine worker at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport tested positive to COVID-19.
The result came a day after the individual to work and developed symptoms. A full public health response is now underway.
A few hours earlier, NSW Health issued an alert after a returned overseas traveller tested positive to coronavirus two days after being released from their 14 day hotel quarantine period.
The person is from the Wollongong area and returned two negative COVID-19 tests while in quarantine, before returning a positive result following their release.
"The person did not have any symptoms but underwent testing as part of the recently enhanced day-16 follow-up. As an additional precautionary measure, NSW Health has introduced symptom checking and day-16 COVID-19 tests for overseas travellers who have been released from hotel quarantine," NSW Health said.
"Test results indicate that the person has a low level of infection and their household contacts have returned negative results to date."
Authorities believe the person contracted the infection overseas, adding there was no indication at this stage that transmission occurred during the hotel quarantine setting.
Some close contacts of the case have already been identified and are in self-isolation.
Before the person was notified of their positive result, they attended several venues around Wollongong and southeastern Sydney.
Anyone who attended the following venues during these times must immediately get tested and isolate until further advice:
• Austinmer: Headlands Hotel on February 2 from 1pm-2pm
• Bulli: Bulli Beach cafe on February 6 from 1.30pm-4pm
Anyone who attended the following venues during these times is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is returned:
• Brighton Le Sands: Mootch & Me on February 2 from 10.54am-12pm
• North Wollongong: Optus on February 4 from 1pm-1.15pm
• Fairy Meadow: Officeworks on February 4 from 3.45pm-4.05pm and February 5 from 3pm-3.25pm
Anyone who attended the following venues during these times should monitor for symptoms:
• Bulli: Woolworths on February 3 from 9.15am-10am
• Corrimal: Corrimal Memorial Park on February 3 from 12pm-1pm
• Thirroul: Thirroul Beach on February 3 from 3pm-4.30pm
• Madden Plains: Sublime Point Walking Track on February 4 from 8.30am-10am
• Figtree: Figtree Grove Shopping Centre (Australia Post, Kmart, Blooms the Chemist, Subway) on February 4 from 2pm-3.30pm
• Fairy Meadow: Fedora Pasta Factory on February 5 from 3.30pm-3.35pm
Anyone with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms is urged to come forward for testing immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.
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Just hours after NSW Health's alert, Victoria also issued a warning, revealing a hotel quarantine worker has tested positive to COVID-19.
The woman works at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport as an Authorities Officer and returned a negative result at the end of her shift on February 4.
She returned to work on February 7 and later developed symptoms. A test revealed she had contracted COVID-19.
"The individual is being interviewed and a full public health response is underway," Victoria's Health Department said.
"We are contacting Holiday Inn Airport workers and others who are considered primary close contacts. They are required to immediately isolate, get tested and remain isolated for 14 days."
Three new venues have been identified as possible exposure sites, with testing capacity near these venues to be scaled up.
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Anyone who attended the following sites during the times below must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days.
• Maidstone: Marciano's Cakes on February 5 from 9.45am-10.25am
• Sunshine: Dan Murphy's on February 5 from 5.50pm-6.30pm and February 6 from 6.50pm-7.30pm
• Taylors Lakes: Off Ya Tree Watergardens on February 6 from 1.17pm-1.52pm
This new COVID-19 case comes less than a week after a hotel quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne tested positive to COVID-19.
Victorian health authorities confirmed last week the person had contracted the highly-infectious UK variant of the virus.
Authorities have identified 21 social and household primary contacts of the worker, with 17 testing negative to coronavirus.
A total of 1151 primary close contacts are now linked to this case and 72 per cent have returned negative test results.
"These negative results are very encouraging but as the hotel worker was infected with the highly contagious B.1.1.7 UK strain of COVID-19, it is vitally important that we continue to monitor close contacts in isolation and continue testing before we can be reassured that Victoria does not have further cases," Victorian health authorities said.
Originally published as States on high alert after new cases