KMART at the Wonthaggi Plaza has been identified as a public exposure site.

The shopper spent 15 minutes in Kmart. If you visited the store between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on December 28, you should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result. (More info here)

Testing has ramped up locally.

The drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at the Wonthaggi Hospital will be open from 9am to 6pm for the next few days, Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child confirmed yesterday.

And the Phillip Island testing site, at the Phillip Island Health Hub, will continue to run 24/7.

A tent will be set up in Leongatha at the hospital’s car park ready for testing from today (Friday, January 1) from 8.30am to 6pm.

Ms Child said most people who were being tested at Wonthaggi yesterday had visited Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, which was one of the public exposure sites announced on Wednesday night.

Ms Child said the Wonthaggi Hospital had introduced visitor restrictions, everyone was entering through the main entrance and staff were decked out in PPE.

“I encourage people to have a quiet night tonight,” Ms Child said last night (Thursday, December 31), “and abide by the restrictions”.

There are two new restrictions which came into effect from 5pm yesterday. They were wearing face masks indoors (except inside your private residence) and having a maximum of 15 people at your home (as opposed to 30).

Ms Child also encouraged people to wash their hands and get tested if they have symptoms.

“I’ve told my staff that we’re in an evolving situation and we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

It is possible we will continue to bounce in and out of these events until a vaccination is rolled out in Australia.