Contract Immunisation Nurse tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published on 31 July 2020

Council has been notified that one of our contract Immunisation Nurses has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19).  

The nurse last worked at Council’s Year 7 student immunisation session at the Melton Community Hall on Monday 27 July for approximately 1.45 hours.  The nurse was wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and used hand sanitiser between clients. All clients were wearing masks, as per Government directions.  Staff also carried out additional disinfecting in between clients.

The nurse is asymptomatic.

Three Council staff members working with the nurse on the night have been advised that they are close contacts, and are required to isolate in their homes for 14 days and get tested on day 11 or if they develop symptoms.

DHHS has advised that under guidelines for determining a close contact, it would be highly unlikely that the students being immunised would be considered close contacts. Council is in the process of notifying families involved. 

We are working closely with DHHS and are following all advice. We have also notified WorkSafe. The Melton Community Hall underwent a deep clean last night. 

Council’s immunisation sessions will be cancelled for the next week and we will provide further updates on when the service is able to recommence.  Anyone wishing to get immunised over the next week is encouraged to contact their GP. 

We would like to reassure the community that Council is following all Government advice and guidelines and doing everything we can to help staff and the community stay safe during this time.