Chemist Warehouse, testing site added to Victorian Covid alerts after mystery case



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A Chemist Warehouse in Frankston South has been listed as an exposure site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

Victorian health authorities are still urgently trying to trace how a new mystery case acquired Covid-19 as the state emerges from its fifth lockdown.

New exposure sites were added overnight after the discovery of the case, who spent time in the community while potentially infectious.

The man worked as a traffic controller at a drive-through testing site at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne’s northwest and returned a positive result on Wednesday morning.

Contact tracers are yet to link the positive case to any of the state’s existing outbreaks.

The health department listed the testing site as a tier 3 exposure site overnight, along with a Chemist Warehouse in Frankston South, which was listed as a tier 2 venue.

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The mystery case was a traffic controller as a testing site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Andrew HenshawSource:News Corp Australia

They joined six other venues visited by the positive case that were also added to the exposure sites list:

Moonee Ponds: Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site, 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds, July 25 from 7.20am to 6pm, tier 3;

Moonee Ponds: Moonee Valley Racecourse Drive-Through Testing Site, 1 McPherson St, Moonee Ponds, July 26 from 7.20am to 6pm, tier 3;

Frankston South: Chemist Warehouse Baxter, 284/286 Frankston-Flinders Road, Frankston South, July 24 from 3.45pm to 4.15pm, tier 2;

Altona North: Woolworths (Borrack Square), 2/32 Borrack Square, July 24 from 5.15pm to 6.30pm, tier 2;

Yarraville: 7-Eleven (Yarraville), Corner Williamstown and Somerville Rd, July 25 from 7.05am to 7.50am, tier 2;

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Frankston: Ritchies IGA Liquor (Towerhill), Corner of Golf Links and Hastings Road, July 24 between 4.10pm and 4.35pm, tier 2;

Frankston: Karingal Hub shopping centre, July 24 between 11.45am and 12.40pm, tier 2;

Frankston South: United Petroleum Baxter, 284 Frankston-Flinders Road, July 26 between 7.15am and 7.30am, tier 2;

Frankston: Coles supermarket, Karingal Hub shopping centre, July 24 between 11.45am and 12.40pm, tier 2.

Tier 2 contacts must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result, while tier 3 contacts must monitor for symptoms.

Health authorities believe the man may have acquired the virus at the testing clinic and pathologists are checking to see if any other positive cases went through the site while he was working.

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A Woolworths in Altona North was also listed as an exposure site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David CroslingSource:News Corp Australia

The testing site was closed for deep cleaning with the health department intending to reopen the clinic on Thursday.

Victoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton said the case illustrated the state was not “risk free” and reinforced how infectious the Delta strain was.

“It’s not over, there will be ongoing risks and there will be ongoing potential for incursion into Victoria,” he said.

The mystery case ended Victoria’s impressive three-day streak of all new locally acquired cases being in isolation for 100 per cent of the time, which had helped authorities be confident that they could lift the statewide lockdown.

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