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Colac COVID-19 Outbreak

Colac COVID-19 Outbreak

DHHS Provide Statement On COVID-19 Outbreak In Colac

This evening at 6.31pm, Mixx FM and 3CS were provided the following statement by the DHHS regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Colac.

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Attributable to a DHHS spokesperson

The department is working closely with the Australian Lamb Company in Colac to manage an outbreak of coronavirus in the meat processing facility.

Together with Colac Area Health and Barwon Health we’ve tested over 800 staff and contacts and will continue to provide testing to the remainder of those affected.

Local testing was provided in Colac both yesterday and today for anyone displaying symptoms. Barwon Health will continue to prioritise testing for that region, cutting waiting times for test results in the process.

DHHS are also on the ground to make sure those isolating have everything they need, from alternative accommodation to groceries.

Our newly established public health team at Barwon Health is playing a key role in this outbreak - helping with case management and contact tracing for the cases in Colac.

Background

Investigations into the source of the outbreak is ongoing.

Anyone with even mild symptoms, such as sore throat, cough, and fever should immediately attend for testing at Colac Area Health or their local testing centre.

As of 22 July 2020, 17 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac.

The first case was tested on 14 July and Department was notified of the positive result on 17 July. The Department contacted Australian Lamb Company that same day and testing began on site immediately.

The case at Trinity College was notifed to the department late at night on 17 July. The school was contacted the next day to begin contact tracing and advised about appropriate cleaning.

A contractor from Midfields abattoir in Warrnambool is also linked to this outbreak. All close contacts have been tested and returned negative results. Further testing of all workers at the site is underway.

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