Moyne Shire Council is currently providing assistance to a Port Fairy business after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Council were advised yesterday about the potential link to cases at Holcim Quarry and has since reached out to the business owner to offer assistance.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade, said Council was working with the business owner and relevant authorities to ensure all necessary precautions are taken.
“Council is aware that a staff member at a local Port Fairy business has tested positive for coronavirus,” Cr Meade said.
“The business had all necessary safety precautions in place and made the proactive decision to close the business once it was established the team member was a close contact of a positive case at Holcim Quarry.
“The DHHS contact tracing team have been in contact with all people who either worked at the business or were a customer during the two days the affected staff member was present last week.
“It is believed the affected staff member, who does not reside in Port Fairy, did not visit other locations in town, and remained at the business for the duration of their shifts, before returning home.”
Council is working with DHHS, South West Healthcare (SWH), Moyne Health Services and Worksafe.
“Council is liaising with the relevant authorities to assist the business owner with a deep clean of the premises.
“This local case is a reminder that none of us are immune to this virus. Even with the strictest of safety protocols in place, a business can still be impacted through close contacts of others.
“Our local businesses are doing it so tough already. I encourage the Moyne community to rally around our businesses and support them, and when this particular business reopens, get behind them.
“It is a timely reminder that we must continue to maintain COVID-safe practices, and remain vigilant at all times.”