Following yesterday’s press conference that provided new information on the new Victorian COVID-19 case, Nicola Spurrier has released a statement with new information regarding the case.
Genomics results have returned this afternoon and confirmed the case in Victoria is linked to a recent case currently in Tom’s Court, the medi-hotel the victorian man was moved to in South Australia before returning to Victoria.
Investigations into the precise cause of transmission are ongoing, but Nicola Spurrier says for those who are worried about the male being out in the community in South Australia before heading back to Victoria should know that the infectious period is generally 2 days before symptoms appear, meaning he was infectious from 6 May.
In an abundance of caution, those people who were on level three of the hotel during the period of concern who have subsequently been discharged will be required to quarantine for a further 14 days. This includes 10 South Australians who will be able to quarantine at home, if the home setting is suitable.
It is confirmed that the vast majority of medi-hotel staff who were working at the time had their required daily testing and there are only five medi-hotel staff that are still being followed up.
Travel restrictions have since been imposed on Victorians wishing to enter South Australia, specifically for people who visited potential high-risk areas in Melbourne, resulting in a complete ban on entry into the state.
Plainclothes officers have been deployed across SA under recent direction to ensure the public are registering their entry via QR codes provided, or manual paper entry, to ensure ease of contact tracing if required.
At this stage, there have been no new cases linked to this case.