COVID Update – 17 Aug 2nd edition

August 17, 2021

It has come to our attention that a staff member who worked at Footscray Radiology on Monday 16 August has now tested positive for COVID-19.

Western Health’s Infection Prevention team, together with the Western Public Health Unit. are working to review this situation and identifying close contacts – whether staff or patients.

As part of the investigation, we strongly encourage all staff (clinical and non-clinical) who attended Footscray Radiology between 2 August and 16 August to access asymptomatic testing for COVID.

Testing will be made available in the Footscray Private Consulting Rooms from Wednesday 18 August between 07:30 and 16:00.

In addition, the Sunshine Hospital COVID Testing Clinic is open from 09:00 to 17:30 each day.

Any staff member who is experiencing symptoms should not attend work and should go to the Sunshine COVID Testing Clinic and present for testing immediately.

If you are identified as a close contact, you will be contacted by Infection Prevention and notified.  If you are not identified as a close contact and do not have symptoms, then you are able to continue to work as normal. If you are identified as a close contact, you will be required to enter quarantine on paid COVID leave.

If you are contacted by Infection Prevention and the Western Public Health Unit as a potential close contact, we are requesting you be forthcoming and honest to allow accurate and comprehensive contact tracing.​ There is no reason to have any concern in regard to this.

We would also like to take this time to remind all staff who experience any symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to work. You should seek a COVID test, ideally as close as possible to the time when you start experiencing symptoms. Remember to check the Department’s exposure sites at least once a day, as these are changing rapidly.

The safety of our staff, patients and visitors continues to be our top priority and all necessary measures are being implemented to respond to this matter.

I will send through further information tomorrow as we know more.