Victorian health officials sent a late update revealing a positive coronavirus case that participated in a soccer game at the MCG and warned fans they are exposed to the virus.
The warning for the game between Collingwood and Port Adelaide at the MCG on Sunday afternoon, May 23, was posted shortly before midnight on Tuesday evening. Authorities advised checking the CCTV footage to decide whether to expand the current warning zone.
One positive case participated in the Collingwood / Port Adelaide game at the MCG on Sunday, May 23rd – in Zone 4, Level 1 of the Great Southern Stand (the end of the stand on Punt Rd). [1/6]
The case was located in Zone 4, Level 1 of the Great Southern Stand (end of the stand on Punt Rd).
According to Victoria Health, people sitting in Zone 4, Level 1 – people with a bay between M1 & M16 on their game ticket – will be contacted directly with advice to get the tested & isolate negative. You can view the map in full here.
« Further reviews of the CCTV footage will be conducted to see if the advice on testing and isolating is expanded beyond these areas, » said a statement.
« Some of the people who are most in touch with the positive case receive more specific advice directly from the Ministry of Health.
« Other MCG participants who are not in these areas are advised to check for symptoms and test to see if anything is developing. »
AFL and MCC have prepared for this situation in several simulations with contact information linked to ticket data and QR codes.
It comes after other exposure sites were previously revealed as part of Melbourne’s growing COVID cluster, including a large mall and a McDonald’s.
The Ministry of Health listed five stores in the Highpoint shopping district in Maribyrnong on Tuesday afternoon that an infected person had visited.
Previously, health officials had only said that levels two and three at Highpoint were exposed to the virus between 5:15 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. on May 20.
A McDonald’s in Clifton Hill and a Chinese restaurant in the CBD were also listed as new exposure locations.
Anyone who has attended the following is encouraged to undergo testing and isolate until a result is obtained:
Another four people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, bringing the cluster to nine cases.
« There are a number of other small, private or gated websites that we manage that have not been published online, » said Health Secretary Martin Foley.
« One is a small workplace in the first case where only four contacts are reported and all tested negative. »
This week around 10 major public venues were named as exposure locations, including several shopping malls, a Woolworths and a Nando’s.
However, authorities remain concerned about commuters who took the train from Craigieburn to Southern Cross on May 7 with the original Wollert case.
The contagious man took a Craigieburn train to Southern Cross at 5:28 p.m. before traveling from Flinders St to Craigieburn at 11:05 p.m.
« I am concerned about the people who were sitting on an overcrowded train on the Craigieburn Line in the Wollert case, » said Brett Sutton, chief health officer, Tuesday.
« There might still be cases from the train ride, they’re probably not contagious, but would be great to identify. »
One of the tier 1 sites was the Jump! Swimming school in Bundoora on May 21st, Nandos Epping on Dalton Road on May 19th, Woolworths Epping North on May 22nd and Highpoint Mall in Maribyrnong on May 20th.
Dozens of close contacts associated with the swimming school are urgently being tested.
Anyone who has visited these locations during this time was instructed to get tested immediately and to isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Tier 2 locations included Futsal Brunswick on May 23rd, Epping North Shopping Center on May 22nd, House and Party Store on May 22nd, Urban Diner Food Court at Pacific Epping Shopping Center on May 23rd, Shell Coles Express Reservoir on May 18th and BT Connor Reserve in the reservoir on May 21st.
New exposure locations related to community cases of COVID-19 have been published. The full list can be found here: https://t.co/SQ5trZH2NIT The locations are in Epping, Reservoir and Brunswick, as well as Bundoora and Maribyrnong (Highpoint Shopping Center) from earlier today. pic.twitter.com/XdrIUMUocP
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