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Victorians in Merimbula now in isolation after positive Covid test

ABC Reports: A Victorian teenager holidaying on the South Coast of NSW has tested positive for coronavirus.

The teenager and his family were tested for the virus before they left Victoria and given a clean bill of health.

Upon their arrival to Merimbula they were notified that Victoria Health had made a mistake and that the test was positive, NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said.

Family contacts are now in isolation, Dr Chant said, but added that the family had also visited the Tathra Hotel while infectious. ABC SOUTH EAST advise: Anyone who attended the Tathra Hotel on Sunday afternoon is urged to have a Covid-19 test if they’re feeling unwell.

The family did not come from an identified hotspot, at the time they left to travel to NSW.

The teenager had a COVID test before leaving Victoria and was told the result was negative – but was contacted again after arriving in Merimbula, and advised there had been an error.

The teenager’s family visited the Tathra Hotel on Sunday before being told of the positive result.

80 patrons who were in the hotel at the time are now being contacted, although NSW Health says the risk of them contracting coronavirus is low.


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