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Positive case at Yarra Ranges Woolies store

The employee last worked at the Maroondah Highway store from 11am- 4.30pm on September 26.“The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements,” Woolworths posted on its website.It comes after supermarkets struck a deal with the state government to overhaul contact tracing in a bid to ease staff shortages and supply constraints that have hobbled the industry and left multiple stores shuttered in recent days.There has also been a confirmed Covid case at a popular Olinda cafe.Social media lit up on Friday with reports of a possible case in the hills, with the operators of The Deli Platter – Delicatessen Cafe Providore taking to Facebook to confirm the news.The operators of the cafe at 1514 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd said they had self reported to the Department of Health.In an update on Saturday October 2, the operators said one team member at the cafe had returned a positive test last evening (Friday) and was now isolating.The staff member worked every day from Sunday, September 26 to Thursday, September 30.“This employee was not unwell while working and did not display any symptoms,” the post said.“This does however confirm us as a Tier 1 site.“We have contact DHHS and are working collaboratively with the Department and taking their advice.“We would strongly encourage anyone who has been at our location since Sunday 26th (September) to have a Covid test.”The cafe closed on Friday morning before having a positive test confirmed.The operator also confirmed they had been diagnosed with Covid, along with two other family members.“We do not know where or when we were exposed,” they wrote.“I, nor any other family members have been at the deli for over the week.“No one has been working while unwell or showing any symptoms.”In neighbouring Knox, the Rowville Medical Clinic has been declared a Tier 1 site.Anyone who visited the Wellington Rd centre between 4.50pm – 5.40pm on September 28 should get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.Victoria recorded 1488 locally acquired cases on Saturday, including 13 in Yarra Ranges, 20 in Knox and 13 in Maroondah.There are now 53 active cases in Yarra Ranges, 114 in Knox and 94 in Maroondah.It comes as a number of businesses in the Yarra Ranges have taken to social media to warn customers they are Covid exposure sites, despite no official listing online.Woori Yallock Foodworks management posted it had a positive case attend its store last Saturday.“The staff that worked that shift have/will been tested as Tier 2 exposure, if negative can resume work plus we have deep cleaning as by Foodworks direction,” the store posted on Facebook. “If you were in the shop between 1 and 2.30pm then please get tested.”Murphy’s Mitre 10 in Monbulk also posted it had a customer visit last Saturday who later tested positive to Covid.“On Saturday 25th September between 12:40- 12:50pm, a gentleman made a purchase in our Trade Yard,” the store posted on Facebook.“I was contacted by his wife yesterday that after having a fall and presently at the hospital, he has been tested positive to Covid-19. He is well and has returned home.“We just want to reassure the community that we have taken all the necessary steps as directed by DHHS and WorkSafe as a Tier 2 site. “The staff members rostered on this day, have all been tested and will isolate until negative. “The Trade Office has been heavily cleaned. Fortunately no other customers crossed his path.” It comes after the Kinglake Hotel was listed as an official exposure site on the State Government’s coronavirus website this week, after a positive case attended on September 11.The pub had already alerted customers on Facebook when it first found out about the case.“Bad news you may have seen we made it onto the government exposure site list,” the pub posted on September 28.“Good news is we didn’t wait to appear on the list before taking action and after the initial advice we followed all the guidelines and instructions as per the coronavirus Victoria website and … we are now OK to reopen.”The Department of Health said it regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if the sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.It comes after 38 new Covid cases were recorded in the outer east on Tuesday, prompting a warning from health officials for residents to be alert.Deputy secretary of Covid response, Kate Matson, said health authorities were starting to see cases grow in the east, with 14 new cases in Maroondah, 14 in Knox, and 10 in Yarra Ranges on Tuesday.“Please if you’re in the east of Melbourne, remain vigilant,” she said.It comes as a positive Covid case visited Chirnside Park Shopping Centre on September 22.“The affected individual was present at Chirnside Medical Clinic (Tier 1) from 9.55am-10.22am, and Chemist Warehouse (Tier 2) from 10.23am – 10.29am,” the shopping centre posted online.The Community Kids Bayswater Early Education Centre has also been listed as a Tier 1 site.An infected individual visited the Bayswater North centre, at 291 Canterbury Rd, between 8.30am – 5.30pm on September 21 and between 6.30am – 7.30am on September 23.

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