An alarming 10 new high-risk exposure sites have been listed in Victoria after the state entered its third Delta outbreak and sixth lockdown yesterday.
Two schools, a medical centre, a pathology clinic and a leisure centre were added to the state’s latest Covid-19 exposure sites on Friday afternoon and evening.
Patients who visited the Active Medical Centre in Caroline Springs on August 2 between the hours of 2.15pm – 3.40pm must immediately get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
Active Medical Centre in Caroline Springs has been flagged as a high-risk exposure site requiring anyone who attended on August 2 between the hours of 2:15pm – 3:40pm to get tested and quarantine for 14-days
The same rules apply for anyone who attended Dorevitch Pathology Collection in Caroline Springs on August 2 between 2.15pm and 3.40pm.
Anybody who visited Bayfit Leisure Centre in Altona North on August 2 between 8.54am and 10.30am must also get tested – including anyone who entered the 25m swimming pool from 8.55am to 10.15am or the female changerooms from 9.45am to 10.30am.
All three venues are Tier 1 exposure sites which means those who visited the locations during the times listed must immediately isolate, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
VICTORIA’S NEW EXPOSURE SITES
Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
Altona North – Bayfit Leisure Centre – Anyone who entered the pool or used women’s change rooms – August 2 between 8:54am and 10:30am
Caroline Springs – Active Medical Centre – August 2 between 2:15pm and 3:40pm
Caroline Springs – Dorevitch Pathology Collection – August 2 between 2:15pm and 3:40pm
Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Altona North – Bayfit Leisure Centre – August 2 between 8:54am and 10:30am
Hoppers Crossing – Warringa Park School – August 4 between 8:30am and 4pm
Hoppers Crossing – Warringa Park School – August 5 between 8:30am and 4pm
Hoppers Crossing – Warringa Park School – August 3 between 8:30am and 4pm
Werribee – Heathdale Christian College – August 5 between 8:30am and 4pm
Werribee – Heathdale Christian College – August 4 between 8:30am and 4pm
Werribee – Heathdale Christian College – August 3 between 8:30am and 4pm
Tarneit – Oporto in Tarneit Shopping Centre – August 2 between 5:30pm and 6:30pm
Truganina – United Petroleum – August 2 between 5:10pm and 5:40pm
Bayfit Leisure Centre’s 25m swimming pool and female change rooms have also been listed as Tier 1 exposure sites
Several Tier 2 exposure sites were added for locations in Werribee, Hoppers Crossing and Altona North.
Anyone who visited Heathdale Christian College (Werribee Campus) between August 3 to August 5 between the hours of 8.30am and 4.00pm must get tested urgently and self isolate until they receive a negative result.
The same rules apply after a positive case also attended Warringa Park School (Warringa Crescent Campus) on August 3 to August 5 between the hours of 8.30am and 4.00pm.
The Altona North Bayfit Leisure Centre is flagged as a Tier 2 site with attendees urged to get tested and self isolate until they receive a negative result
This comes as a gathering that involved family members who had just left New South Wales quarantine is being investigated as a possible cause of the latest outbreak in Victoria.
Contact tracers are probing the movements of a man aged in his 20s from Maribyrnong, in northwest Melbourne, after he tested positive to Covid-19.
Health authorities believe he could have caught the virus after meeting with relatives who had recently been cleared from quarantine in NSW.
Contact tracers are probing the movements of a man aged in his 20s from Maribyrnong, in north-west Melbourne, after he tested positive to Covid-19 (pictured are Melbourne residents on Friday)
Pictured are two people wearing PPE at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina in Melbourne’s west, which was shut down on Thursday after a positive case
Police patrol Victoria Park in Glebe in Sydney on July 31. Health authorities believe the Melbourne man could have caught the virus after meeting with relatives who had recently been cleared from quarantine in NSW
‘It may well be the case that they’ve been visited, against the rules, by a positive case,’ Premier Daniel Andrews said.
If the link can be confirmed it will mark the second time the virus has escaped from NSW – since its latest outbreak began on June 16 – and forced Victoria into a snap lockdown.
Mr Andrews announced the state’s sixth lockdown would begin at 8pm on Thursday and last for seven days.
The announcement was made after the state recorded eight new cases of the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus.
The state then reported another six cases on Friday. Three of the cases are linked to the city of Maribyrnong outbreak in the city’s inner-west.
One of those infections is the housemate of a warehouse worker in the outer-west suburb of Derrimut whose case was reported on Thursday.
The housemate is a cleaner who worked at the Epworth Hospital in Richmond, Health Minister Martin Foley said on Friday.
State premier Daniel Andrews announced the stay-at-home orders would begin at 8pm on Thursday and last for seven days
The other three new cases – two of which were announced on Thursday – are linked to the Hobsons Bay cluster in Melbourne’s south-west.
Friday’s announcement came as authorities ordered anyone who was onboard Virgin Australia flight VA808 from Sydney to Melbourne on August 2 to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days after an infected passenger.
He entered Melbourne on a valid travel permit before testing positive during his mandatory quarantine period.
Health officials are concerned one of the mystery cases announced on Thursday, an infected teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina, may have unknowingly spread the virus in the community while infectious.
Her partner and two relatives have also tested positive.
The husband works as an optometrist at Caroline Springs and is also a member of the Newport Football Club.
It is the sixth time the state has been plunged into lockdown since the pandemic began in the country in 2020
He had been playing with his team against West Footscray last Saturday, prompting The Western Region Football League to be placed on high alert.
It is unknown how the couple, who live in the Hobsons Bay area and are both in their 20s, caught the virus.
The Al-Taqwa College has become a testing site and is offering vaccinations to staff and students.
A Year 6 student from Heathdale Christian College has also tested positive forcing both its Werribee and Melton campuses to close.
The school took to Facebook to urge anyone who had visited the campus to immediately get tested and isolate.
A large ball of fire is captured in the background as chaotic anti-lockdown protests erupted in Melbourne on Thursday night (pictured) with hundreds taking to the streets
‘Students and teachers in Years 5 and 6 AND their households must continue to quarantine for 14 days even if they test negative and will be contacted by the public health unit or department,’ the post read.
Victorians are currently under the same rules that applied during last month’s lockdown.
They are only allowed to leave home for five-reasons, prohibited from exercising or shopping more than five kilometres away from their houses and must wear masks indoors and outdoors.
News of the lockdown sparked backlash in the community with demonstrators taking to the streets on Thursday night.
Several flares were set off during the demonstration as tensions boiled over with police, who made 15 arrests at the protest
Protesters, some carrying placards and most not wearing masks, gathered at Flinders Street and moved into Swanston Street as police in masks gathered to try to disperse them.
Flares were lit and the crowd chanted ‘no more lockdowns,’ the Herald Sun reported while residents of nearby apartments shouted ‘Go home, idiots’.
Video on Twitter feeds showed police on foot and horseback fronting the crowd, and a line of officers shoulder to shoulder on the steps of Flinders Street Station.
One video showed two officers using handheld devices to spray protesters with what may have been pepper spray.
One protester shouted ‘COVID is fake’ and another said he was angered by Victoria’s sixth lockdown.
‘We can’t keep going through this, we are losing our livelihoods,’ the man from Melbourne’s southeast told the Herald Sun.
Police said ‘hundreds of people engaged in an unlawful protest’ and they made 15 arrests – nine people were held before their identity could be confirmed to issue fines and two were arrested for breaching bail and stating false names.
A protester is seen holding a sign that claims the state’s lockdown is not about Covid (pictured in Melbourne on Thursday night)
A protester with a megaphone is pictured speaking with police officers during the rally