THE Herald-Sun is reporting tonight, Tuesday, November 30, that a group of ‘Toolies’ who visited Phillip Island have notified friends that they have tested positive to COVID-19.

The news outlet is reporting that “five Toolies have reportedly tested positive to COVID” while visiting the Island in the past week and have posted a warning on a Schoolies social media group to others reportedly saying “sorry for the inconvenience”.

According to the Herald-Sun, the group is believed to have been at the island since November 20 before testing positive on Thursday, November 25 and have been isolating since.

“I regret to inform you that a few mates and I have tested positive for COVID so if you have come into contact with me or any of my mates, I highly suggest you get tested and isolate,” the teenager said.

The Herald-Sun said the group is believed to have visited a number of businesses between November 20 and November 23 including the North Pier Hotel from about 7pm until late on Saturday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 23.

It has also been reported that they visited Woolworths, Coles, Gullivers Wine Bar & Eatery and a One Stop Discount Shop, as well as a popular Schoolies gathering point, the North Pier, on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, 23.

There has been no official word tonight from health authorities but Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child said tonight, whether there’s positive cases in the community or not the health message remains the same.

“Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, please follow the public health advice, get tested if you have symptoms or if you have come into contact with someone who has advised you they have tested positive. Isolate as required.

“If you are unwell or have symptoms stay away from others and if you want to socialise, be responsible and maintain good hygiene and distance… and if it’s the right time, get the booster shot.”

Ms Child said she had been impressed with the number of visitors to the Island in the past week who have been getting tested.

“If people do not have a residential address in our catchment area, they will not show up in our numbers,” Ms Child said.

So, it’s a case of get tested and isolate, or practice good hygiene and social distance and wait and see.

Hopefully the very high vaccination rates among residents of Bass Coast, believed to be close to 100 per cent double dose, will help us avoid a potential ‘super spreader event’ from having up to as many 5000 schoolies and toolies here this week.