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Port Fairy Visitors return home, tests positive for COVID-19

Moyne Shire Council is currently providing assistance to a Port Fairy accommodation business, after advice that visitors who have since returned home, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade, said Council was working with the relevant authorities to ensure all necessary precautions are taken.

“Council is aware that a family of four who visited Port Fairy for three days last week, have returned home where they have tested positive for COVID-19,” Cr Meade said.

“The family did the right thing, cutting their holiday short after being told a close family member in Melbourne had a confirmed case of the virus. They immediately returned to their home, which is not a hotspot suburb, and got tested.

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“All four members of the family, two adults and two children, were asymptomatic while in Port Fairy. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised that as they were not showing any symptoms, the risk of community transmission is low.”

Council is working with DHHS, South West Healthcare (SWH), Victoria Police and Moyne Health.

“SWH is carrying out a deep clean of the facility where the family stayed, and DHHS will carry out further investigations, including contact tracing,” Cr Meade said.

“Further details of where the family visited while in Port Fairy are not yet known and will be part of the DHHS investigation and contact tracing.

“While the advice is that the risk of community transmission is low, this is a very real reminder that we are not immune to the virus in our region.

“All residents and visitors must continue to maintain COVID-safe practices, including social distancing, regular hand washing and if you have even mild symptoms, get tested.”

Council last week distributed 50 thermometers to local accommodation providers after they were received by Regional Development Victoria.

The thermometers allow accommodation providers to take a guest’s temperature on check-in, given that fever is one of the symptoms of coronavirus.

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