PROTESTERS, carrying “No Mandatory Jabs”, “No Vaccination Passports” and “My Body My Choice” banners and signs, among other messages, hit the streets of Wonthaggi this morning protesting all manner of issues associated with the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, while they were protesting, a real life drama had been playing out at the Wonthaggi hospital where a COVID-19 positive patient visited yesterday morning, Thursday, September 30.

Thankfully the situation at the Wonthaggi hospital is fully contained so much so that the hospital will not be declared an “Exposure Site”

“Yesterday, Bass Coast Health’s COVID safe plans were put to the test when a patient attended the Wonthaggi Emergency Department and was subsequently identified as COVID positive. The patient was at the Hospital between 7.30 am and 10.00am,” said Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child.

“The patient is now isolating at home and is being supported and monitored by the Gippsland Regional Public Health Unit.

“Huge praise to the ED team who quickly triaged the symptomatic patient, isolated them in our low-pressure room, organised treatment, and then organised a terminal clean of the area as soon as the patient left.

“This was excellent execution of the ED Covid-safe pathway.

“We have communicated with all staff who had direct contact with this patient, including staff from the front entrance, right through to the ED.

“With an abundance of caution, we are furloughing some staff in line with the DH furloughing guidance.

“In the interests of being abundantly cautious, we encourage anyone who was in the front reception or ED at Wonthaggi Hospital between 7.30am and 10am, to be vigilant and look out for any symptoms, and get tested and isolate as required.”

As a result of this latest incident, the hospital will be moving to set up a “Hot” reception area for those presenting with respiratory and other possible COVID symptoms.

Also while the protesters were marching down McBride Avenue this morning, staging a protest outside the office of the Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale, and being shadowed by police as they made their way up to Wishart Reserve outside the Bass Coast Shire Council officers, officers of Worksafe and DHS were raiding building sites in Inverloch, Wonthaggi and on Phillip Island where it has been reported fines were issued for non-compliance with “sign-on”, mask and mandatory vaccination requirements.

The protesters distributed ant-vaccination pamphlets and other material as they walked along the street.