Media Release
21 October 2020

Any residents of Melbourne’s northern suburbs including Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg who are experiencing symptoms are being urged to be tested for coronavirus.

Victoria’s Commander of Testing and Community Engagement, Jeroen Weimar, said the advice follows the notification of a positive test result of a student who attended the East Preston Islamic College.

“The College has taken positive steps to manage this situation and is working closely with us. It has been closed for deep cleaning.

“We need everyone working together to tackle this virus, and that’s exactly what the school community is doing. Staff and students who are close contacts - and their households - have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days.

“We have a number of people who are self-isolating either at home or as part of the Covid19 Accommodation program and are being monitored by Austin Health and Banyule Community Health.

“Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected,” Mr Weimar said.

A text message has been sent alerting people who live in or were visiting these suburbs and surrounding areas to get tested if they are experiencing symptoms.

Additional cases linked to this outbreak have also been identified in a social housing block in Broadmeadows. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued advisory notices to 120 residents asking them to self-isolate for 48 hours, to get tested and to monitor for symptoms.

“This timeframe allows for the department to ensure the community is aware of the situation and for residents to get tested and get their results back before determining what the next steps are.

“We’re asking all these residents to come forward for asymptomatic testing at the dedicated testing station on site,” Mr Weimar said.

A close contact has also been identified at Dallas Brooks Primary School. As a precautionary measure the school has been closed for deep cleaning and contact tracing is underway.

An extensive community health door knocking program will start tomorrow morning to alert residents in identified areas about potential exposure to coronavirus and provide information about testing sites, and how to access supports such as financial assistance. 

Pop up testing sites are being organised to be in place tomorrow, with more details of locations to come

Rapid response testing at home is available for those who may not be able to attend a testing site.

“We’re asking everyone who lives in this area or who has loved ones linked to these suburbs to please get tested if they have symptoms and to share this information within their families and broader community,” Mr Weimar said.