Holiday Inn Flinders Lane quarantine hotel evacuated with patient leaving with garbage bag over head

A visitor contaminated with COVID has been evacuated from a flooded quarantine hotel with what seemed to be a black garbage bag over their head.

They left the Holiday Inn “sizzling hotel” on Flinders Lane simply earlier than 10am and got here out of the hotel with what seemed to be a garbage bag over their head.

Then they boarded a SkyBus to be taken to the Pullman hotel in Albert Park. The patient was the one individual on the bus.

The garbage bag might have been to guard their id and assist stop the unfold of an infection.

The patient was assisted by a well being employee wearing full private protecting gear and a face defend.

The Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane is the second Melbourne quarantine hotel to be evacuated in lower than every week.

It’s a “sizzling hotel”, which means each resident is contaminated with coronavirus, and is being evacuated on Tuesday morning whereas repairs for water harm are accomplished.

A quarantined coronavirus positive international traveller boards a coach outside the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane to be transported to the Pullman Albert Park.
Digital camera IconA quarantined coronavirus optimistic worldwide traveller boards a coach outdoors the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane to be transported to the Pullman Albert Park. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

A COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria spokeswoman stated 31 residents and workers can be transferred to the Pullman Hotel in Albert Park.

The Pullman Hotel was beforehand used to quarantine Australian Open members and was assessed on the most fitted hotel inside the COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria program to deal with the contaminated visitors.

The water harm was brought on by a sprinkler system which activated with out a hearth occurring on the fourth flooring of the Holiday Inn on Saturday.

It resulted in water harm to 4 of the eight flooring on the hotel.

A guest being escorted out of Holiday Inn hotel with a garbage bag over their head.
Digital camera IconA visitor being escorted out of Holiday Inn hotel with a garbage bag over their head. Credit score: NCA NewsWire
A police officer outside the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane on Tuesday morning:
Digital camera IconA police officer outdoors the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane on Tuesday morning: Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

“Residents on the Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders are being transferred to an alternate well being hotel on Tuesday,” the spokeswoman stated.

“After a evaluate of the out there choices, the Pullman Albert Park Hotel was assessed by air flow specialists and decided as probably the most appropriate hotel inside CQV’s present hotel inventory to accommodate symptomatic and optimistic residents.

“Strict an infection prevention and management measures can be adopted throughout the switch to make sure the well being and security of residents, workers and the group.”

Police stationed outside the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane as resident prepare to be evacuated.
Digital camera IconPolice stationed outdoors the Holiday Inn on Flinders Lane as resident put together to be evacuated. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria Commissioner Emma Cassar stated the hearth system leaked or burst in a room that was unoccupied on the time.

The water then unfold into and broken the staffing areas.

She stated on Saturday – earlier than a choice was made to evacuate the hotel – that some residents have been moved to larger ranges of the Holiday Inn to keep away from the harm.

It comes after 48 quarantining returned travellers at a special Holiday Inn hotel at Melbourne Airport have been evacuated on Wednesday final week following an outbreak of circumstances.

That hotel was closed for “terminal cleansing” after an authorised officer, two meals and beverage staff, one other employee and two residents all contracted COVID-19 inside the Holiday Inn.

Victorian Commander of Testing Jeroen Weimar explains all the present 17 circumstances that are linked to the Holiday Inn

Victorian Commander of Testing Jeroen Weimar explains all the present 17 circumstances that are linked to the Holiday Inn

The full variety of COVID-19 circumstances linked to the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn – the cluster that ship Victoria again into a 3rd lockdown – is now 19.

About 135 COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria workers have been stood down and 48 residents have been evacuated from the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn to the Pullman hotel Melbourne on February 10.

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