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The Philippine Times has been informed that a 26-year-old Filipino aged care worker from Melbourne’s northern suburbs has tested positive for COVID-19 on 8 September.

The male who does not wish to be named works at an aged care facility in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, and lives with extended Filipino family. The close contacts within the household include a woman in her 50’s, female in her 30’s and a 7-year-old girl, all of whom were required to get tested for coronavirus.

The aged care worker has been transferred to Oak Hotel in the Melbourne CBD, used as a facility to quarantine those who require to be isolated from their usual residence.

On 9 September, the three household contacts were informed via a text message from the Department of Health and Human Services that they need to continue to isolate for 14 days, despite receiving a negative test result.

The female in her 30’s has informed The Philippine Times that all three including her mother and daughter have started to develop symptoms such as severe headache, body ache and a cough. “I feel like a truck ran me over,” she stated.

This comes as Victoria recorded 76 new cases of coronavirus on 9 September. Metropolitan Melbourne is aiming to move to the Second Step of reopening on 28 September, which requires an average daily case rate between 30-50 cases from the previous 14 day period (between 13 September and 27 September).


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