Coles listed as an exposure site after Al-Taqwa teacher tests positive



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Coles supermarket in Yarraville has been listed as an exposure site. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David CroslingSource:News Corp Australia

New exposure sites have been added in Victoria after health authorities detected a new Covid-19 mystery case.

The positive case – a teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina – was announced just hours after a doughnut day in a fresh blow for Victorians as they emerge from their fifth coronavirus lockdown.

Victoria’s health department said the mystery case had been out in the community while infectious and exposure sites would be listed once they were identified.

Health officials listed two new exposure sites overnight, including the Coles in Yarravile.

The supermarket has been declared a tier 2 exposure site, with anyone who visited the store at the intersection of Williamstown Rd and High St on July 29 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm ordered to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

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The positive case was a teacher at Al-Taqwa College in Truganina. Picture: Kylie ElseSource:News Corp Australia

Al-Taqwa College at 201 Sayers Rd in Truganina has also been listed as a tier 1 exposure site from 8.30am to 5pm on July 28, 29 and 30.

All staff, students, families and visitors who attended the school during those times are required to get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

It's the second time Al-Taqwa College has been caught up in a Covid-19 outbreak after 185 cases were linked to the school in July and August last year during Victoria’s deadly second wave.

Victoria’s Covid-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar told ABC radio the teacher was a woman in her 20s and lived in the Hobsons Bay council area.

He said health officials believed she may have been infectious while teaching at the school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week.

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Covid-19 commander Jeroen Weimar said the teacher was possibly infectious at the school. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Paul JeffersSource:News Corp Australia

She was tested on Tuesday, with the positive result returned on Wednesday.

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Al-Taqwa College spokesman Terry Barnes said in a statement the campus had been “completely shut down” and would likely remain closed for 14 days.

“The college campus will be completely shut down with no staff members or students permitted to attend the college premises (and) deep cleaning is being arranged,” he said.

“Unless and until the (health) department advises us otherwise, we are locking down the college campus for the full 14-day precautionary period, therefore online classes will continue until Wednesday August 18.

“Classes will resume face-to-face on Thursday August 19.

“The college assures our families, staff and the Victorian community that we have done everything required by the Victorian government to implement Covid-19 protocols and precautions, as we have throughout this pandemic.”

The health department said the acquisition source of the teacher’s infection was under investigation and household contacts of the case were being urgently tested.

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