There were eight new cases recorded in Victoria on Tuesday, including a construction worker at St Leonard’s College and two healthcare workers in regional Victoria.

St Leonard’s College in Brighton.Credit:St Leonard’s
The ADCO Construction worker was believed to be asymptomatic. He was tested last Tuesday and received his positive result a week later. He probably had close contact with two fellow workers, the company’s chief executive said.
St Leonard’s principal Stuart Davis said in a letter to parents the Health Department, ADCO and the confirmed case were confident staff or students were not at risk.
“There has been no close contact with the positive case. Therefore there is no public health risk linked to staff and students,” he said.
Meanwhile, two healthcare workers at Kyabram District Health Service also tested positive as part of the service’s regular testing.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen said on Wednesday neither of the employees worked while they were infectious.
A small number of staff had been told to self-isolate but no patients or residents were deemed close contacts, she said.
Health authorities revealed the COVIDSafe app had been used for the first time in Victoria after an infected person who had the app was identified on Monday, allowing health officials to track down a close contact of the infected person.
Dr van Diemen also confirmed health authorities were probing whether there was a link between the outbreaks at Cedar Meats and a McDonald’s cluster that has closed a number of outlets in Melbourne’s north.
“At this time we don’t have an epidemiological link between McDonald’s and Cedar Meats,” she said. “That has been investigated extensively we are still waiting on genomics to see if there is a genomics link.”
The investigation is ongoing.
The total number of confirmed cases so far in Victoria is now 1580, with one case reclassified as a duplicate since Tuesday.
One additional case has emerged from Cedar Meats and two cases previously under investigation were attributed to the cluster. The Brooklyn meatworks reopened this week with about 20 staff.
There were no new cases in aged care homes across the state overnight after four facilities went into lockdown and two elderly residents in separate nursing homes tested positive to the virus this week.
Dr Van Diemen said all testing had been completed at the Villa Maria facility in Bundoora after a resident was sent to hospital with a high temperature over the weekend and returned an inconclusive test result.
Two residents who showed signs of the virus at separate MiCare aged units in Kilsyth in Melbourne’s east also returned negative results.
The Lynden Aged Care Facility in Camberwell, Villa Maria, HammondCare nursing home in Caulfield and MiCare aged units will remain in lockdown for two weeks as a safety precaution.
There have been no new coronavirus deaths in Victoria for three weeks, with the death toll standing at 18.
There are 93 active cases in Victoria. Only one case of community transmission, who had no known link to another infected person, was recorded.
About 9000 tests were completed on Tuesday, taking the total number to 367,000.
“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, said.
“Restrictions around some activities have now been eased in Victoria in recognition of the current low rate of community transmission of this virus.
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“While encouraging, we need to remain vigilant. We must maintain physical distancing, practise hygiene and self-isolation when ill. These are commonsense actions to ensure we dont create a second wave of this serious disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have eased their stringent regulations.”
Paul is a reporter for The Age.
Melissa Cunningham is The Age’s health reporter.