A quarantine worker tests positive for COVID-19

A HOTEL quarantine worker in Melbourne tested positive to coronavirus on Sunday.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services said the woman works at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

The DHHS said yesterday morning testing capacity near exposure sites would be scaled up, with increased opening hours, additional staff and pop-up sites to be confirmed.

People who have been at any of these exposure sites during the specified times must immediately isolate, get tested and remain isolated for 14 days:

Friday, February 5: Marciano’s Cakes: Maidstone, between 9.45am and 10.25am and Dan Murphy’s, Sunshine, between 5.50pm and 6.30pm.

Saturday, February 6: Off Ya Tree Watergardens, Taylors Lakes, between 1.17pm and 1.52pm; and Dan Murphy’s, Sunshine, between 6.50pm and 7.30pm.

Apart from the Holiday Inn worker, no new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Victoria since Wednesday, when it was revealed a worker at the Grand Hyatt’s quarantine tested positive for the UK strain of the virus.

The latest news comes as an additional 230 Defence Force troops are being sent to Victoria to help with the coronavirus response.

They will more than double the number of troops working 12 quarantine hotels as the program expands to up to 22 facilities.

The troops will manage baggage, check-in and staff temperature checks, leaving security to Victoria Police.

Local health authorities are gearing up for the roll-out of vaccines, with the Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive in Traralgon by the end of March.

It is hoped the AstraZeneca vaccine will be able to be provided in the area within the next two or three months.

Australia is aiming to have four million people vaccinated by the end of April, with the aim of full vaccination for Australians by October.

Face masks are currently mandatory in Victoria all indoor spaces, as well as on public transport, when in a ride share or taxi, on domestic flights to and from Victoria and at airports.

Coronavirus symptoms include a fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

Wellington Shire’s respiratory clinic is behind Inglis Medical Centre at 12 Inglis St, Sale, and is staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

To book, visit www.inglismedical.com.au/our-clinic/wellington-respiratory-clinic or phone 5143 7900.