Coffee Pedaler staff negative for Covid-19

All five staff members who were potentially exposed to Covid-19 during a May 19 shift at the Coffee Pedaler in Gundagai have returned negative results as of Friday.

Community testing continues at regular GP clinics and a pop-up clinic at the Gundagai Racecourse, but as of 3pm Friday, MLHD reported no positive results.

On Thursday, hours after the news broke the pop-up clinic registered 191 tests, with another 32 at the GP Respiratory Clinic.

The origins of this latest potential outbreak are still being investigated, after Victorian Health authorities announced that the Melbourne family who tested positive for the virus have been identified with the ‘Delta’ strain – the variant of the virus which has devastated India in recent weeks.

The family travelled from their home in Melbourne, through Gundagai and Goulburn to several locations along the NSW coast (including areas around Jervis Bay) between May 19 and May 24. 

The family returned to Melbourne on May 25, with the father of the family reporting symptoms beginning that day.

The entire family later tested positive for Covid-19, but Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said their strain is “unrelated to all of the other cases in our cluster thus far in Melbourne.”

Authorities have so far been unable to link the cases to any others found so far in hotel quarantine or elsewhere in Australia. The states are working across borders and with federal authorities to check the sequencing against any other cases which have been identified so far. 

It’s not yet clear if the family contracted the virus at home in Melbourne or during their travels through NSW.

The family’s close contacts are currently being tested, with 300 already taking the swab.

Professor Sutton said there are suggestions that children may be more susceptible to the Delta strain and they are currently investigating the possibility that these current cases were transmitted between children at a school in North Melbourne.

Travel to and from India was temporarily shut down as the Delta strain tore through that country. The ban has since been relaxed to allow Australian returning home from India to reenter the country.