AS COVID-19 continues to seep into the region, Grampians Public Health Unit's medical director says scuttlebutt and speculation about exposure sites was not helpful.
Associate Professor Rosemary Aldrich said it was increasingly important everyone wait for official advice on public COVID exposure sites, rather than talking about them, due to the extensive consideration that first went into listing a venue.
The state government has started to phase out official notice on tier two sites, requiring people to get tested and isolate until a negative COVID result, but Ballarat Health Services has continued to provide community updates on this.
Associate Professor Aldrich said a lot of work went into evaluating an exposure sites risk and determining who urgently needed a COVID test. She said sites were listed when an exposure was deemed a public health risk beyond Grampians Public Health Unit's capacity to contain.
"Even if a person has been to a particular site, we do our public health risk assessment...we might not necessarily think it is a public exposure site because we've been able to find out who was there and we've been able to contact them individually and be confident no-one else is at risk," Associate Professor Aldrich said.
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