Exposure sites named in Sunbury after second Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn quarantine worker tests positive
Several locations in Sunbury have been listed by Victorian health authorities as possible exposure sites after a quarantine worker at the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn tested positive on Tuesday afternoon.
- Seven locations in Sunbury have been named as possible exposure sites
- Three people have tested positive from the Melbourne Airport Holiday Inn
- CHO Brett Sutton said he believed the virus was spreading within the hotel quarantine system
The quarantine worker was the third person associated with the Holiday Inn to test positive.
A returned traveller, who quarantined in the Holiday Inn, also tested positive on Tuesday, after completing her 14 days quarantine.
Authorities do not believe the returned traveller left her home since exiting quarantine.
Another worker from the same hotel tested positive on Sunday.
The Department of Health and Human Services released a list of seven locations in Sunbury, to the north-east of Melbourne, that are potential exposure sites.
- Bakers Delight in Sunbury Square Shopping Centre, Sunbury from 3:40pm — 4:15pm on February 5
- Aldente Deli in Sunbury Square Shopping Centre, Sunbury from 3:45pm — 4:23pm on February 5
- Sushi Sushi in Sunbury Square Shopping Centre, Sunbury from 3:53pm — 4:28pm on February 5
- PJ’s Pet Warehouse in Sunbury from 3:37pm — 4:10pm on February 5
- Asian Star in Sunbury Square Shopping Centre, Sunbury from 3:57pm — 4:30pm on February 5
- Cellarbrations in Sunbury from 6:17pm — 7:02pm on February 6
- Sunny Life Massage in Sunbury Square Shopping Centre, Sunbury from 4:30pm — 6:30pm on February 6
- Cellarbrations in Sunbury from 6:17pm — 7:02pm on February 7
The DHHS said anyone who has been to any of the exposure sites during those times are required to immediately isolate, get tested, and remain in quarantine for 14 days.
The DHHS added that more exposure sites could be added as investigations continue.
In addition, a previous exposure notification for Off Ya Tree in Watergardens, Taylors Lakes on February 6 has moved from 1:17pm — 1:52pm to 1:00pm — 1:52pm.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said authorities believed the virus was spreading within the hotel quarantine system and the traveller had become infected “just before” the end of her stay.
Health Minister Martin Foley said the cases appeared to be linked to a specific floor of the hotel, which was no longer accepting travellers.
Mr Foley said COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria was still considering what should be done to address the risk of infection among returned travellers still staying at the Holiday Inn.
Professor Sutton said in addition to a state-based review of the Holiday Inn outbreak, he expected there would be detailed discussions amongst chief health officers on bolstering hotel quarantine systems across Australia.
“It’ll be an end-to-end review of all of the mitigations that can be put into place, including the testing before someone leaves their country of origin to come to Australia,” he said.