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Third Case Confirmed

Third Case Confirmed

Infected Person Had Recently Returned From Overseas

South West Healthcare CEO Craig Fraser has confirmed this afternoon, that a second person has tested positive to Coronavirus at South West Healthcare’s Respiratory Assessment Clinic (RAC).

The confirmation brings the number of people in Warrnambool who have now tested positive to Coronavirus to three.

Two people were screened at South West Healthcare's Respiratory Assessment Clinic, and one at a private clinic.

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This third person had recently returned from overseas and like the other two confirmed cases, this person is comfortably recovering in self-seclusion.

South West Healthcare says that each is an unrelated case and the Department of Health & Human Services is following up any contacts these individuals may have had in the lead-up to their testing positive. SWH will also stay in contact with people who test positive to assist in monitoring their health.

Mr Fraser says that the RAC is working well.

"To date we have been fortunate that the confirmed screenings have been done away from local hospitals and emergency departments,"

"Our respiratory assessment clinic is continuing to prove an effective means of safely identifying Coronavirus cases away from patients, aged care residents and staff."

"I want to reinforce that anyone feeling unwell should not enter any of our SWH facilities as a visitor. I also want to assure our communities that while a lot of our day, every day now, is being spent on addressing Coronavirus developments we will not fail to continue our focus on caring for the patients we already have. Our quality patient care will not be compromised."

Any person returning from overseas, or has had contact with someone recently returned from overseas must phone before visiting any emergency department, urgent care centre of GP clinic. Any Australian returning from any country outside Australia is now considered at risk and required to self-isolate for 14 days. For other reputable up-to-date information and advice please go to the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus website at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call its Hotline on 1800 675 398.

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