Long lines of cars have been waiting the best part of the day to get tested at Wonthaggi and Cowes and authorities have asked only those who have attended T1 and T2 sites, or with symptoms to get tested this weekend.

 

EIGHT new exposure sites have been notified in Cowes on Saturday afternoon, July 17 and please note, an additional ‘time between’ at Coles Supermarket in Cowes.

There are also two times to be aware of at Cowes Xpress Gourmet Pizza and Pasta which has been listed as both a Tier 1 and Tier 2 site.

Cowes Woolworths and Cowes Aldi have now also been added as Tier 1 sites.

Other sites are expected to be notified as authorities check credit card purchase details volunteered by the Moonee Ponds residents who visited Phillip Island and San Remo while infectious last Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 12, 13, 14, 15.

According to details provided by the State Health Minister Martin Foley, the two people who visited Phillip Island, who were included among the 19 new cases in the State in the past 24 hours, were close contacts of the Trinity Grammar teacher who attended the MCC Members Pavilion for the Carlton versus Geelong match on Saturday, July 10.

“In regards to those 19 cases, I’ll just briefly go through those and the Jeroen (Weimar) will go through them in more detail. Firstly, we have an additional case at the MCG, in level two of the MCC Members Reserve, two of his friends now have the virus, and they have recently travelled to Philip island,” Mr Foley said at Saturday morning’s briefing.

The pair have really covered a lot of ground around Phillip Island, especially in Cowes with COVID-19 commander Jeroen Weimar noting today that they visited “every venue on Phillip Island bar the penguins”, although they did go to the Nobbies – twice!

“We have added testing stations at Ballarat, at Ringwood, at the Knox private hospital, and at Thomastown, which is a drive thru. We’ve also got a number of testing sites on Phillip Island, given the number of exposure sites on Phillip Island. This relates to the Trinity Grammar teacher and his two social contacts who spent a few days on the island,” Mr Weimar said.

“So, we have a testing centre at Cowes, one in Wonthaggi and one in San Remo.

And again, I please encourage the community in Phillip Island and in the surrounding areas, around those exposure sites, to please come forward and get tested today and let’s really understand very quickly what the scale of exposure may be in that area.”

Here are the latest exposure sites:

  • Cowes: Cowes Xpress Gourmet Pizza and Pasta, 1/72 Chapel Street, Cowes. 13/07/2021 7:10pm-7:25pm. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: Cowes Xpress Gourmet Pizza and Pasta, 1/72 Chapel Street, Cowes. 13/07/2021 6:50pm-7:05pm. Case attended venue. Tier 2 – Get tested urgently and isolate until you have a negative result.
  • Cowes: Youki’s Japanese Restaurant, 1/68-80 Chapel Street, Cowes. 13/07/2021 12:55pm-1:20pm. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: One Stop Discount Shop, 83 Thompson Avenue, Cowes. 13/07/2021 10:50am-11:15am. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: Coles Cowes, Cnr Church & Thompson Ave, Cowes. 13/07/2021 9:00am-9:20am. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: Vinnies Cowes, 1/144 Thompson Avenue, Cowes 13/07/2021 10:30am-10:50am. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: U-Neek Souvenirs Stores, Thompson Avenue Cowes. 13/07/2021 11:05am-11:35am. Applies to stores located at 7, 7A and 43 Thompson Ave. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: Subway Cowes, 119-135 Thompson Avenue Cowes. 14/07/2021 12:20pm-12:45pm. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: Woolworths Cowes, 133 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, 14/07/2021 12:28pm-12:45pm. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
  • Cowes: Aldi Cowes, 68-80 Thompson Avenue, Cowes. 13/07/2021 6:55pm-7:25pm. Case attended venue. Tier 1 – Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure.