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Australian Lamb Company COVID outbreak mismanaged, Liberal MP Richard Riordan says

Direct contacts of the Colac abattoir COVID-19 outbreak have waited more than five days for test results, the local MP says.

Chad Van Estrop, Geelong Advertiser July 22, 2020 12:00am

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Direct contacts of the Colac abattoir COVID-19 outbreak have waited more than five days for test results, the local MP says.

Liberal MP Richard Riordan said on Tuesday contact tracing had not begun at Trinity College, the region’s largest school, which is linked to the Australian Lamb Company outbreak. “This is the most serious health crisis in living memory and it is not a time to cover up and mislead,” Mr Riordan said.

“The lack of information is leaving community and business leaders at a loss as to what is going on in Colac and when we are going to get the assistance we need.

Australian Lamb Company in Colac. There has been a covid case confirmed at the Australian Lamb Company in Colac, and contact tracing in that community has now started.

Picture: Alan Barber“Country people have a long history of dealing well with a crisis but we need the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to step up, provide relevant and current information and assist the community so that we can work through this epidemic.

“This is not the time to be keeping the Colac Otway Shire, Colac Area Health and others in the dark.”

On Tuesday the cluster had grown to 13 cases, three days after the first was announced. A DHHS spokeswoman did not directly respond to Mr Riordan’s claims, saying the newly-established public health team at Barwon Health would track the outbreak.

“Together with Colac Area Health and Barwon Health we’ve organised testing for all staff and anyone else identified as close contacts,” the spokeswoman said Mr Andrews did not rule out a two-week lockdown of the Colac Otway Shire in response to the outbreak.

“I don’t think we are at a point yet where we will move to a whole of a local government area ... public health measure to try and deal with that. That might change,” Mr Andrews said. “Everybody in that facility has been asked to consider themselves a close contact and to isolate.”

Mr Andrews said the Australian Lamb Company at Colac was closed.

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