COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar has apologised for mistakes and corrections that have beset the official list of Victoria’s coronavirus exposure sites.

The Department of Health and Human Services exposure site list has changed rapidly over the past few days as the current local cluster grew to 27 cases on Tuesday.

Local residents read a message about the coronavirus and the cafe’s dealings with DHHS on the window of The Guilty Moose cafe in Albert Park.Credit:Chris Hopkins

On January 5, the exposure was removed entirely due to the incident being more than two weeks old.


Coles supermarket, Chirnside Park – incorrectly named as the Woolworths in the same shopping centre

At midday on January 4, the DHHS published the following information:

Initial January 4 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must self-monitor for symptoms
  • Site: Woolworths, 239-241 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park
  • Exposure period: 31/12/2020 10am-10.15am
  • Notes: Case shopped at venue

Three hours later, the DHHS published the following information changing the location to the Coles outlet at the same address:

Second January 4 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must self-monitor for symptoms
  • Site: Coles, 239-241 Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park
  • Exposure period: 31/12/2020 10am-10.15am
  • Notes: Case shopped at venue

The Melbourne Central Lion Hotel.

Lion Hotel, Central Melbourne — five changes to exposure risk and timeframe

On January 3, the DHHS published the following information:

Initial January 3 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must be tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of result
  • Site: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 La Trobe Street
  • Exposure period: 28/12/2020 10pm-12.30am
  • Notes: Case attended venue

Later that night, the the DHHS published the following information changing the exposure type and indicating contacts should isolate until a negative result:

Second January 3 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must isolate until a negative result
  • Site: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 La Trobe Street
  • Exposure period: 28/12/2020 10pm-12.30am
  • Notes: Case attended venue

On January 4, the DHHS published the following information changing the time exposure:

Initial January 4 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must isolate until a negative result
  • Site: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 La Trobe Street
  • Exposure period: 28/12/2020 10.30pm-12am
  • Notes: Case attended venue

Later that day, the exposure type changed back to a 14-day isolation period for contacts:

Second January 4 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must be tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of result
  • Site: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 La Trobe Street
  • Exposure period: 28/12/2020 10.30pm-12am
  • Notes: Case attended venue

Then, later that night again, the time frame shifted again by 30 minutes:

Third January 4 advice

  • Exposure Type: Contacts must be tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of result
  • Site: Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, 211 La Trobe Street
  • Exposure period: 28/12/2020 10:00pm-12am
  • Notes: Case attended venue

After public scrutiny of its process around making changes, the DHHS on Tuesday began publicising alterations to exposure sites at the top of its webpage.

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