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Exposure site: Bunnings Mentone has been listed as an exposure site for COVID-19. In mid-2020 a pop-up coronavirus testing site was hosted in the carpark (pictured). Picture: Gary Sissons

VICTORIA’S long run of days without COVID-19 community transmission was broken just before the new year when a case was recorded in Mentone.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced on 30 December that three new cases had been identified in Mentone, Mitcham, and Hallam.

As of 11 January there are five active cases of COVID-19 among residents in the Kingston local government area.

The DHHS has also included multiple local locations on their list of COVID-19 exposure sites.

People who visited the Woodlands Golf Club bar in Mordialloc on 28 December between 4.40pm and 5.15pm were asked to get tested and isolate for 14 days. A positive COVID-19 case had attended the clubhouse bar. Visitors to the golf course between 12pm and 6pm on that day were asked to monitor for symptoms.

A positive COVID-19 case also visited Bunnings Mentone between 7.30am and 8am on 29 December and 8am and 8.30am on 31 December.  The DHHS has advised that visitors should monitor for symptoms and get tested if they occur.

On 11 January, Victoria recorded its fifth consecutive day without local COVID-19 transmission after a small rise in new cases over the New Year period.

A number of stores at Chadstone Shopping Centre on Boxing Day were also listed as exposure sites, as well as other shops in Cheltenham and Frankston. To read the full updated list visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 13 January 2021

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