Victoria’s contact tracers are scrambling to control the Black Rock cafe virus cluster which has escalated to 21 cases and put 51 sites at risk of an infection.
Speaking at a press conference today, the Deputy Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services Jeroen Weimar warned that there are 51 sites that had been exposed to the virus.
Yesterday 19 places were put on alert but that number has risen to 51 today.
Victoria recorded three new coronavirus infections today from community transmission.
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Health advice is different depending on which exposure site you were at.
“There are some exposure sites, the Doveton church and of course the Black Rock Cafe itself, where we are asking people to quarantine for a full 14 days if they have been there in those time windows,” Mr Weimar said.
“There are other exposure sites where we are asking people to just test and isolate until they get their results.”
BLACK ROCK: Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant from 6:30pm to 9:40pm on December 21
BRIGHTON: Royal Brighton Yacht Club (outdoor dining) from 12pm to 2pm on December 29
DOVETON: Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic from 4pm to 6pm on December 26
GLEN WAVERLEY: Village Century City (Wonder Woman 1984 Gold Class) from 2.45pm to 5.30pm on December 28
MORDIALLOC: Woodlands Golf Club (the clubhouse bar) from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on December 23 and from 4.40pm to 5.15pm on December 28
There are also several sites where visitors have been deemed casual contacts and should get tested immediately and quarantine until they receive a negative result:
ALBERT PARK: The Guilty Moose Cafe, from 1pm to 1:30pm, on December 30
BAIRNSDALE: V/Line train Bairnsdale to Melbourne, where the case caught the train from Bairnsdale to Caulfield from 12:45pm-4:30pm on December 30
BRIGHTON: Sons of Mary Restaurant, from 10am to 11.05am on December 24
CAMBERWELL: Crown Nails from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on December 30
CAMBERWELL: Tao Dumplings from 12:30pm to 1:30pm on December 30
CAULFIELD: Metro Train Frankston line where the case caught the train from Caulfield to Cheltenham from 4:30pm to 17:00pm on December 30
DOVETON: Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic at 6.30pm on December 26
LAKES ENTRANCE: The Esplanade Resort and Spa from 2.30pm to 5.50pm on December 29
LAKES ENTRANCE: Esplanade Resort (pool area) from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on December 29
LAKES ENTRANCE: Esplanade Resort (hotel bar) from 5.30pm to 5.50pm on December 29
LAKES ENTRANCE: Chants Summer Carnival from 7:00pm to 9:30pm on December 29
LAKES ENTRANCE: Lakes Boat Shed Cafe from 9.30am to 10.30am on December 30
LAKES ENTRANCE: Albert and Co. Cafe, Bellevue Hotel, from 9.30am to 10.45am on December 29
LAKES ENTRANCE: Wyanga Winery, December 29 from 1pm to 2pm
LAKES ENTRANCE: V/Line bus Lakes Entrance to Bairnsdale where case caught the 11:55am bus from Lakes Entrance from 11:55am 12:30pm December 30
LEONGATHA: Coral Fish and Chips from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on December 26 and from 4:00pm to 7:30pm December 27
MELBOURNE: European Bier Cafe City, December 21, from 8pm to 9pm
MELBOURNE: Fonda Mexican on December 29, from 6pm to 7pm
MOORABBIN: Minnie Miny Mo Cafe, December 24 from 11am to 12pm
SOUTHBANK: Left Bank Restaurant, December 25 from 12-2.30pm
SOUTHBANK: Rockpool Bar and Grill, Crown Casino, from 1pm to 1.30pm
OAKLEIGH: Melissa Oakleigh Restaurant, from 7.30pm to 8.15pm on December 28.
Victorian Health officials have then warned that if you’ve visited any of the locations listed in the table below you should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.
BOX HILL SOUTH: Bunnings from 12:00pm-12:40pm on December 30
BLACK ROCK: Woolworths Metro from 5:30pm-5:55pm on December 30
CAMBERWELL: Fu Lin Asian Grocery Supermarket from 2:30pm-2:45pm on December 30
CAPE SCHANK: National Golf Club The Cups Drive from 11.40am-1.40pm on December 30
CHELTENHAM: Aldi Cheltenham from 2:00pm-2:30pm on December 29
FOREST HILL: Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre from 12:00pm-2:00pm December 28. 30 mins at the food court at 12.10pm; 15 mins at TKMaxx at 12:50pm; 20 mins at Target at 1:10pm; 15mins at Woolworths at 1.40pm
FOUNTAIN GATE: Fountain Gate Shopping Centre in Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lo Costa from 9:00am-11:00am on December 26
GLEN WAVERLY: Mocha Jo’s from 1:30pm-1:45pm on December 28
HALLAM: Coles Hallam from 6:15am-6:30am on December 30
LAKES ENTRANCE: Darcey Annas Beach Cafe Kiosk Gift Shop Gallery from 11:15am-11:20am (picked up a takeaway) on December 30
LAKES ENTRANCE: Central Hotel Lakes Entrance (outside) from 5:00pm-6:30pm on December 30
LAKES ENTRANCE: Woolworths Lakes Entrance from 6:00pm-6:15pm on December 30
MENTONE: Mentone/Parkdale Beach from 10:00am-4:30pm on December 27
MENTONE: Bunnings Mentone from 07:30am-08:00am on December 29 and 08:00am-08:30am on December 31
MOORABBIN: Costco Moorabbin from 10:45am- 12:15pm on December 30
MOUNT WAVERLEY: Ritchies IGA from 2:00pm-2:30pm on December 30
MORDIALLOC: Woodlands Golf Club from 8:00am-2:00pm on December 23 and 12:00pm-6:00pm on December 28
OAKLEIGH: Bunnings Oakleigh from 11:00am-11:30am on December 30
OAKLEIGH: Katialo restaurant from 7:00pm-7:10pm on December 28
WONTHAGGI: Wonthaggi Plaza Shopping centre from 1:30pm-2.30pm on December 28. Shopped at Kmart for 15 minutes.
The time of year is making the situation harder, with the DHHS admitting that many of their staff are on leave for a “well-deserved break”.
“Our frontline staff have been working phenomenally hard for that entire period and we have seen a significant number of people rightly take some well-deserved leave as we see across the wider sector,” Mr Weimar said.
“So we have had to gear up and mobilise, we added around 40 per cent more capacity on Friday … We stepped it up again yesterday and we will step it up again today but it is not something that we can turn on at the flick of a switch.”