UPDATE, 4.30pm: More popular Ballarat venues and shops have been added to the exposure site list as a result of Ballarat's confirmed COVID case.
The Forge Pizzeria and Big W have been added to the official list, in addition to The Lake View Hotel.
Both are listed as tier one sites; Big W on Friday and The Forge on Saturday.
Anyone who attended either venue at the following times must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from exposure:
- Big W on Friday, September 10 from 4.45pm-5.30pm
- The Forge Pizzeria on Saturday, September 11 from 2.50pm to 5.30pm
As soon as The Forge became aware of the exposure, it released a statement online.
"A COVID-positive case visited the Armstrong St restaurant on Saturday 11th September between 2.50pm and 3:30pm," the post reads.
"Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must isolate, get a COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
"We are working with the Department of Health, taking their advice and direction and are closed for a deep clean.
"We'll keep you posted."
See where all the exposure sites are here.
UPDATE, 3.20pm: The Lake View Hotel has been officially added to the list of exposure sites.
The update confirms dates and times of potential exposures from a case attending the venue, which are listed below.
The list has not been updated with details of any exposures at the Ballarat Clarendon College junior school.
UPDATE, 2.15pm: Anyone who attended the Lake View Hotel must get tested if they attended on Thursday or Friday morning.
The case attended the site while infectious during the following times:
- 09/09/2021 (Thursday) between 7:15am to 7:55am (Tier 2)
- 10/09/2021 (Friday) between 7:15am to 7:55am (Tier 2)
- 10/09/2021 (Friday) between 9:45am to 11:30am (Tier 1)
"We are advised that all tier 1 and tier 2 contacts will be contacted by The Department of Health," the hotel said in a statement.
"If any doubt on your attendance times you are encouraged to get tested as a precaution."
The DHHS official exposure site list has not yet been updated.
Anyone who has visited a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed must immediately isolate, get a COVID-19 test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.
Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should urgently get a COVID-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Continue to monitor for symptoms, get tested again if symptoms appear.
Hospitality venues were only allowed to reopen last Friday with strict capacity limits of caps of 10 people inside and 20 people outside.
UPDATE, 1.50PM: Ballarat's Lake View Hotel has identified itself as an exposure site of Ballarat's COVID case and has immediately closed.
Although there is no update of any exposure sites on the DHHS website as yet, the lakeside pub has posted on Facebook that it is a COVID exposure site.
It is expected official exposure sites will be updated on the health department website later today.
See further down this page for the DHHS map of exposure sites.
There has also been a positive case confirmed by Ballarat Clarendon College's junior school on Mair Street.
EARLIER, 12PM: A Ballarat resident has been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, the first case in the city for more than a year.
According to health authorities, a construction worker who works in Melbourne returned a positive result to the virus on Monday.
The Ballarat resident is one of three regional cases in Victoria confirmed today out of the 445 new statewide cases.
Kate Matson from the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the case on Tuesday morning.
There is no further information about the case, or if the person is vaccinated.
The case comes just one day after the government launched a compliance blitz across Victoria's construction industry.
There are not currently any further exposure sites listed in Ballarat at the moment, but they are expected to appear in the near future.
"I don't have initial information on exposure sites from that construction worker on Ballarat, keep an eye on our website," she said.
"If you're texted by the department you have attended an exposure site, please follow the instructions.
"Chances are there would be, because he's in the region, so he would be free to move about."
Meanwhile, Ms Matson said the COVID-positive disability worker who was infectious in Ballarat last week does not appear to have passed on the virus to anybody else.
In Ballarat, there have been multiple detections of COVID-19 in the wastewater recent weeks, with a warning going out the city is "more probable than possible" to have an active case.
There had not been a new COVID-19 cases in Ballarat since August 24, 2020.
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