‘Phenomenal’ result as 114 contacts linked to Victorian psych worker case test negative

A shock result has emerged on the again of a ‘phenomenal’ effort by contact tracers after a hospital psych worker contracted coronavirus.

The worker’s optimistic result was revealed on Monday, and fewer than 24 hours later all of her major shut contacts throughout three psychiatric items at totally different hospital had returned negative outcomes.

Victoria’s COVID response commander Jeroen Weimar stated 70 shut contacts throughout the items at The Alfred, Broadmeadows and Northern hospitals had been recognized and had been all negative.

One other group of potential secondary contacts introduced the whole variety of negative assessments to 114 for the reason that psych worker contracted the virus.

“It’s been an exceptional piece of labor achieved by the groups at Royal Melbourne and The Alfred over the past 24 hours or so,” Mr Weimar stated.

COVID response commander Jeroen Weimar said it was a phenomenal effort by contact tracers.
Digicam IconCOVID response commander Jeroen Weimar stated it was an exceptional effort by contact tracers. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

One other 100 shut contacts had been additionally recognized from one other optimistic case linked to two kindergartens in Glenroy.

Eight of 10 shut contacts from the Glenroy Central Kinder have to this point examined negative, as have 70 of 90 contacts from Goodstart Early Studying Centre in Glenroy.

Mr Weimar stated the remaining 20 individuals had been anticipated to be examined on Tuesday.

Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre in Pascoe Vale was listed as an exposure site.
Digicam IconOak Park Sports activities and Aquatic Centre in Pascoe Vale was listed as an publicity website. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, David Crosling

He stated there was now 1189 shut contacts linked to the Melbourne Airport Vacation Inn outbreak publicity websites, down from about 1400 on Monday.

About 400 of these are from the Oak Park Sports activities and Aquatic Centre and Elite Swimming in Pascoe Vale.

Mr Weimar stated there have been additionally 589 family and social major shut contacts and 499 lodge quarantine employees and residents in isolation.

“We’ve despatched just below 850,000 textual content messages to individuals throughout varied suburbs alerting them to the varied publicity websites we now have and inspiring them to look ahead to signs and get examined if they’ve any doubt in any respect,” he stated.

The overall variety of COVID-19 instances linked to the Melbourne Airport Vacation Inn – the cluster that despatched Victoria again into a 3rd lockdown – is now 19 after two new instances had been introduced on Tuesday morning.

jack.paynter@information.com.au