Boost Juice worker at a busy Melbourne shopping centre tests positive for coronavirus

A Boost Juice worker at a major Melbourne shopping centre has tested positive for coronavirus.

The kiosk in Chadstone, south-east of the city, has been closed for deep cleaning.

Victoria has recorded three new coronavirus cases as it desperately tries to put a lid on its outbreak and prevent a third wave.

But another day of only a few cases was marred by thousands of shoppers being exposed and many others caught in a contact tracing bungle.

The infections bring the state’s number of active cases up to 36 after more than 32,000 tests were processed on Sunday.

All new cases are close contacts of existing infections in Mentone and Mitcham, which are linked to the Northern Beaches outbreak in New South Wales.   

Melbourne’s Federation Square and several major shopping stores were added to Victoria’s growing list of exposure sites.

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Pictured: Healthcare workers are seen at drive through testing facility at Springers Leisure Centre in Cheltenham, Melbourne on December 31

Pictured: Healthcare workers are seen at drive through testing facility at Springers Leisure Centre in Cheltenham, Melbourne on December 31

Melbourne's Federation Square (pictured on December 31) has been added to Victoria's growing list of exposure sites

Melbourne’s Federation Square (pictured on December 31) has been added to Victoria’s growing list of exposure sites

A case attended the CBD hub on December 23 from 11am to 11.30am.

Anyone who attended the site at those times should monitor for symptoms, and undergo testing and isolate if they develop.

The same advice applies to those who visited IKEA Springvale from 4pm to 6pm on December 29, as well as Kmart and Coles in Burwood East the day before.

Five other venues have also been added to the hotspot list after managers took it upon themselves to warn patrons to get tested because health authorities were slow to ask them to shut their doors.

John Tei, owner of Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars in Moorabbin, said a staff member tested positive after attending Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant in Black Rock on December 21 with two family members. 

Pictured: Long lines of cars wait in a que at a drive through covid19 testing facility in Dandenong, Melbourne on December 31

Pictured: Long lines of cars wait in a que at a drive through covid19 testing facility in Dandenong, Melbourne on December 31

Pictured: Smile Bufflao Thai restaurant in Blackrock, Melbourne on December 31 after positive Covid cases were recorded

Pictured: Smile Bufflao Thai restaurant in Blackrock, Melbourne on December 31 after positive Covid cases were recorded

While the Department of Health and Human Services contacted the infected employee to let them know they were a close contact of a confirmed case, Mr Tei was not informed by contact tracers for a further 24 hours.

‘[I’m] frustrated… confused more than anything else, he told Today.

‘I just would love to know the direction I need to take. I have, of course, closed the bar and taken a lot of things on myself.’ 

When the DHHS finally called Mr Tei at 8pm on Sunday, the owner was told the venue was registered as a hotspot but the business was still free to trade.

John Tei, owner of Grape and Grain in Moorabbin (pictured), said a staff member tested positive

John Tei, owner of Grape and Grain in Moorabbin (pictured), said a staff member tested positive

All other staff members have since tested negative, but Mr Tei said: ‘From my understanding, we are all close contacts and all isolating at the moment.’

The European Bier Cafe on Exhibition Street also had a positive case at the venue, along with a winery in Lakes Entrance, the Herald Sun reported.

Jady and Greg Roberts, the owners of Wonga Estate winery, said their regional community went into panic amid the botched contact tracing scheme. 

‘We’re all questioning what they (DHHS) are doing. I don’t understand how they got this so wrong,’ Ms Roberts told the publication.

While all other staff members have since tested negative, Mr Tei (pictured) said: 'From my understanding, we are all close contacts and all isolating at the moment'

While all other staff members have since tested negative, Mr Tei (pictured) said: ‘From my understanding, we are all close contacts and all isolating at the moment’

Pictured: A long line of cars wait in a que at a drive through covid19 testing facility in Dandenong on December 31

Pictured: A long line of cars wait in a que at a drive through covid19 testing facility in Dandenong on December 31

Chants Summer Carnival also announced it would be closing its doors on Sunday after it was listed as an exposure site.

‘The carnival is closed due to being listed as a exposure site for Covid on the 29th of December 2020 between 7pm – 9.30pm,’ a post read on the business’ Facebook page.

‘Our staff are being tested and will stay isolated at home until we get the negative test result. We will remain closed until this happens.’

Despite the new cases, Victorian Acting Premier Jacinta Allan told reporters on Monday morning that testing rates remain ‘very strong’ considering the holiday period. 

Pictured: Police check permits as Victorian rush to beat the border closures after being given almost no notice to return home during COVID-19 in Victoria on January 1

Pictured: Police check permits as Victorian rush to beat the border closures after being given almost no notice to return home during COVID-19 in Victoria on January 1

‘This is a whole-of-Victorian community effort. We’re seeing the Victorian community respond really strongly and we’re really proud and pleased with these results today,’ she said.

When responding to questions about the botched tracing efforts, she said there is a ‘huge effort’ to get the latest Covid information out to the community.

‘There is a monstrous team effort going on at the moment from the pathology unit, contact tracing and health authorities.’

She also said the information is being drawn from interviews with primary close contacts and has to be verified before it appears on the health website. 

Ms Allan also thanked business owners for posting about outbreaks in their own stores on social media.

Pictured: Police check permits as Victorian rush to beat the border closures after being given almost no notice to return home during COVID-19 in Victoria on January 1

Pictured: Police check permits as Victorian rush to beat the border closures after being given almost no notice to return home during COVID-19 in Victoria on January 1

More than 60,000 Victorians rushed back from NSW as a hard border between the two states came into effect on Friday night. All were required to be tested on their return.

That’s put facilities under strain, forcing some sites to extend testing hours and staff to be recalled from holidays to meet the extra demand.

Testing capacity was boosted by almost half, taking total sites on Sunday to 190.

It is expected to increase further on Monday, although DHHS listed wait times of more than two hours for Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (240 minutes), Darebin Arts Centre (185) and Chadstone – Golfers Drive (150).

Ms Allan said wait times will reduce on Monday with more sites opening to cater to the demand.

‘But it’s also important to point out that there is a priority placed on those close contacts of our known cases,’ she said.

‘They will be given priority through our testing program and those arrangements are put in place with those close contacts.’

Premier Daniel Andrews, away on leave, urged returning Victorians to follow individual advice from DHHS.

Pictured: People wearing masks are seen during New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31

Pictured: People wearing masks are seen during New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31

‘If you need support to isolate – whether that’s financial, food or anything else – call the hotline and we’ll make sure you get it,’ he tweeted on Monday.

People seeking an exemption to travel have been directed to call the helpline, but were told to call back because of a high volume of calls on Sunday.

The line was still unavailable to callers on Monday morning.

More than 1,500 Victorians have applied for exemptions to the state’s border closure with NSW, but so far authorities have granted just 117.

Applications are taking up to 48 hours to consider. Nearly half have had further documentation requested.

Covid-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar told the Herald Sun that errors happen while authorities try to release information quickly. 

‘The alternative is not to put it up at all,’ he said.

‘So absolutely, we have an option to say we will sit in a bunker and work on all these exposure sites and then release it in the perfect form seven days later. That’s not much point.’  

Coronavirus hotspots in Victoria 

Anyone who visited any of the locations listed below during the specified time must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure. 

Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars, Moorabbin, on December 21 between 2pm and 10pm, December 22 between 10am and 6pm, 24 December between 1pm and 10pm, 28 December between 8.05pm and 8.47pm, and December 29 between 12pm and 4pm

Albert Park The Guilty Moose Cafe, 143 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park VIC 3206 30/12/20 1pm-1:30pm

Bairnsdale V/Line train – Bairnsdale to Melbourne 30/12/20 12:45pm-4:30pm

Brighton Sons of Mary Restaurant, 14 Spink St, Brighton VIC 3186 24/12/20 10:00am-11:05am

Camberwell Crown Nails, 766 Riversdale Road, Camberwell VIC 3124 30/12/20 1:30pm-2:30pm

Camberwell Tao Dumplings, 1 Evans Place, Camberwell VIC 3124 29/12/20 12:30pm-1:30pm

Caulfield Metro Train – Frankston line 30/12/20 4:30pm-5:00pm

Cheltenham Two Bob Snob, 256 Charman Road 22/12/2020 1pm – 2pm

Collingwood Stomping Ground Brewing Company, 100 Gipps Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 28/12/20 6:00pm-7:30pm

Docklands Melbourne Boat Hire – Yarra River Cruise. 45 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008 28/12/2020 11.26am-2:00pm

Doveton Holy Family Parish Doveton Catholic, 100 Power Road, Doveton VIC 3177 26/12/20 6:30pm

Hampton Merrymen Cafe, 2 Small Street, Hampton VIC 28-12-2020 1:00pm-2:00pm

Hampton Merrymen Cafe, 2 Small Street, Hampton VIC 28-12-2020 1:30pm-2:30pm

Lakes Entrance Albert and Co. Cafe – Bellevue Hotel201 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 29/12/20 09:30am-10:45am

Lakes Entrance Chants Summer Carnival – Footbridge, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 29/12/20 7:00pm-9:30pm

Lakes Entrance Esplanade Resort Lakes Entrance – Pool area1 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 29/12/20 03:30pm-04:30pm

Lakes Entrance Esplanade Resort Lakes Entrance – Hotel bar1 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 29/12/20 05:30pm-05:50pm

Lakes Entrance The Esplanade Resort and Spa, 1 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 29/12/20 2:30pm-5:50pm

Lakes Entrance Lakes Boat Shed Cafe, 54 Marine Parade, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 30/12/20 9:30am-10:30am

Lakes Entrance V/Line bus – Lakes Entrance to Bairnsdale 30/12/20 11:55am-12:30pm

Lakes Entrance Wyanga Winery, 248 Baades Rd, Lakes Entrance VIC 3909 29/12/20 1:00pm-2:00pm

Leongatha Coral Fish and Chips, 53 Bair St, Leongatha VIC 3953 26/12/20 5:30pm-7:30pm

Leongatha Coral Fish and Chips, 53 Bair St, Leongatha VIC 3953 27/12/20 4:00pm-7:30pm

Melbourne European Bier Cafe City, 120 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000 28/12/20 8:00pm-9:30pm

Melbourne Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 La Trobe Street 28/12/2020 10pm – 12.30am

Melbourne Fonda Mexican Flinders Lane, 31 Flinders Lane Melbourne 29/12/20 6:00pm-7:30pm

Moorabin Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars, 14/16 Station St 21/12/20 2pm – 10pm22/12/20 10am – 6pm24/12/20 1pm – 10pm28/12/20 8.05pm – 8.47pm29/12/20 12pm – 4pm

Oakleigh Melissa Oakleigh Restaurant, 6 Eaton Mall, Oakleigh VIC 3166 28/12/20 7:30pm-8:15pm

Sandringham Line Metro Train line Sandringham

 

Anyone who visited any of the locations listed below during the specified time must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure. 

Abbotsford, Bodriggy Brewing Company — December 28 2:50pm – 5:30pm

Black Rock, Smile Buffalo Thai — December 21

Brighton, Royal Brighton Yacht Club — December 29, midday-2pm

Doveton, Holy Family Parish — December 26, 4pm-6pm; case attended Spanish service

Docklands, Melbourne Boat Hire — December 28, 11.26am-2:00pm

Glen Waverley, Village Cinemas Century City Gold Class — December 28, 2.45pm showing of Wonder Woman

Mordialloc, Woodlands Golf Club, Clubhouse Bar— December 23, 12.30pm-1.30pm, and December 28, 4.40pm-5.15pm

Anyone who visited these locations during the specified times must get tested and isolate until receiving a negative result. 

Albert Park, The Guilty Moose Cafe — December 30, 1-1.30pm

Bairnsdale, V/Line train to Melbourne — December 30, 12.45pm-4.30pm, case caught train from Bairnsdale to Caulfield

Brighton, Sons of Mary restaurant — December 24, 10-11.05am

Camberwell, Crown Nails — December 30, 1.30-2.30pm

Camberwell, Tao Dumplings — December 30, 12.30-1.30pm

Caulfield, Frankston line Metro train — December 30, 4.30pm-5pm, case caught train from Caulfield to Cheltenham

Cheltenham, Two Bob Snob — December 1pm – 2pm

Doveton, Holy Family Parish — December 26, 6.30pm; case attended English service

Hampton, Merryman Cafe — December 28 1:20pm-2:30pm

Lakes Entrance, Albert and Co. Cafe — December 29, 9.30-10.45am

Lakes Entrance, Wyanga Winery — December 29, 1-2pm

Lakes Entrance, Esplanade Resort and Spa — December 29, 2.30-5.50pm

Lakes Entrance, Esplanade Resort and Spa pool area — December 29, 3.30-4.30pm

Lakes Entrance, Esplanade Resort and Spa hotel bar — December 29, 5.30-5.50pm

Lakes Entrance, Chants Summer Festival — December 29, 7-9.30pm

Lakes Entrance, Lakes Boat Shed Cafe – December 30, 9:30-10:30am

Lakes Entrance, V/Line bus to Bairnsdale — December 30, 11.55-12.30pm, case caught the 11.55am bus from Lakes Entrance

Leongatha, Coral Fish and Chips — December 26, 5.30-5.30pm; December 27, 4pm-7.30pm

McKinnon, 260 McKinnon Road, McKinnon VIC 3204 — December 23, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Melbourne CBD, European Bier Cafe — December 21, 8-9.30pm

Melbourne CBD, Fonda Mexican — December 29, 6-7pm

Oakleigh, Melissa Oakleigh Restaurant — December 28, 7.30-8.15pm

Southbank, Rockpool Bar and Grill — December 23, 8.30-10pm

Southbank, Left Bank Restaurant — December 25, 12-2.30pm

Anyone who visited these locations during the specified times should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result. 

Bentleigh, Il Centro Deli — December 22, 12:00pm-12:30pm

Box Hill South, Bunnings — December 30, 12-12.30pm

Black Rock, Woolworths Metro — December 30, 5.30-5.55pm

Brighton, Brighton Beach — December 29, 12:00pm-3:00pm

Burwood East, Kmart Burwood — December 28, 6.15pm – 6.30pm

Burwood East, Burwood Coles — December 28, 6.15pm – 6.30pm

Camberwell, Fu Lin Asian Grocery Supermarket — December 30, 2.30-2.45pm

Camberwell, Coles Middle Camberwell — December 28, 12pm – 12.30pm

Cape Schanck, The National Golf Club — December 30, 11.40am-1.30pm

Cheltenham, Aldi — December 29, 2-2.30pm

Cheltenham, Honey Birdette Southland — December 22, 3:50pm – 4:05pm

Cheltenham, Angus and Cootes Jeweller Southland — December 28, 2:30pm-2:50pm

Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre — December 28, 12-2pm; food court, 12.10-12.40pm; TKMaxx, 12.50-1.05pm; Target, 1.10-1.30pm; Woolworths, 1.40-1.55pm

Frankston, TK Maxx Frankston — December 31, 2pm – 3pm

Glen Waverley, Mocha Jo’s — December 28, 1.30pm-5pm

Hallam, Coles — December 30, 6.15-6.30pm

Lakes Entrance, Blue Riviera Hire Boats — Decemb3r 29, 11.15am-12.15pm

Lakes Entrance, Darcey Annas Beach Cafe Kiosk Gift Shop Gallery — December 30, 11.15-11.20am

Lakes Entrance, Central Hotel — December 30, 5-6.30pm

Lakes Entrance, Woolworths — December 30, 6 – 6.15pm

Melbourne, Federation Square — December 23, 11 – 11.30pm

Mentone-Parkdale Beach — December 27, 10am-4.30pm

Mentone, Bunnings — December 29, 7.30-8am; December 31, 8-8.30am

Moorabbin, Costco — December 30, 10.45am – 12.15pm

Mount Martha, Mount Martha Fine Foods — December 31, 3pm – 3.15pm

Mt Waverley, IGA — December 21, 12-2.30pm

Mordialloc, Woodlands Golf Club — December 23, 12-2pm; December 28, 8am-5pm

Narre Warren, Fountain Gate Shopping Centre — December 26, 9-11am, visited Kmart, Big W, Target, Millers, King of Gifts, Lo Costa

Oakleigh, Bunnings — December 30, 11-11.30am

Oakleigh, Katialo restaurant — December 28, 7pm-8.15pm

Springvale, IKEA Springvale — December 29, 4pm – 6pm

Wonthaggi, Kmart — December 28, 1.30-2.30pm

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