Update, Wednesday 4pm: The organiser of a country music event at the centre of a COVID outbreak in Hamilton has categorically ruled out the possibility there were unvaccinated patrons in attendance.
A spokeswoman for the Hamilton Country Music Club said all attendees were checked for double vaccination status.
There was a QR code check-in system and proof of vaccination status was required as a condition of entry.
There were around 100 patrons at the event.
So far there are 26 infections linked to the gig which was held on November 14.
To date, all positive cases who attended the event were double vaccinated, Western District Health Service confirmed.
Update, Wednesday 12pm: A further eight new COVID-19 cases were linked to the event in Hamilton overnight.
It brings the number of cases linked to the Hamilton Golf Club event on Sunday, November 14 to 26.
Close to 1000 people heeded the call to get tested in the region yesterday.
The Hamilton mass-testing clinic will be open today from 9am to 6pm.
WDHS urged people to use the QR code or click on the link below to register your details and save time at the clinic.
A new COVID-19 case was detected in the Glenelg Shire on Wednesday and is linked to a known positive case in Melbourne.
There are now seven active cases in the immediate region:
- One active case in Warrnambool
- Two active cases in Corangamite
- Four active cases in Glenelg Shire
Earlier, Tuesday: Three people linked to the Hamilton have been admitted to hospital.
The three people have been admitted to the University Hospital Geelong and are in a stable condition, with the remainder isolating at home, Western District Health Service said on Tuesday.
"The confirmed cases are aged between 9 and 86 years."
There were a further six active cases in the south-west, with three new identified overnight on Tuesday.
These new cases have all been linked to the Hamilton cluster.
One new case in Warrnambool and two in Corangamite have been added to the three active cases in Glenelg Shire.
The Caledonian Hotel in Hamilton has been listed as a Tier 1 exposure site for people who were at the venue on Thursday, November 18 from 5pm to 7.30pm.
"Test and isolate for seven days from the date of exposure if you are fully vaccinated and you aren't in the same household as someone who has COVID-19 and get a test on day six," the service advises.
"If you are not fully vaccinated or you live with someone who has COVID-19, isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure and get a test on day 13."
Other high risk venues include:
- November 15 - Hamilton Medical Group, 20 Foster Street Hamilton - 10:45am - 11:10am
- November 17 - Hamilton Uniting Church, 113 Lonsdale Street, Hamilton - 10:00am - 11:00am
- November 18 - Botanical Motel, 75 French Street, Hamilton 5:00pm - 6:05pm; All Abilities Equestrian Centre, 19 Laidlaws Road, Warrong - 10:45am - 12:05pm: Grampians Accountancy Service, 62 Gray Street, Hamilton - 3:15pm - 3:30pm
- November 19 - Izzy's Restaurant, 71 Gray Street, Hamilton - 7:30pm - 11:30pm; Hamilton Medical Group, 20 Foster Street Hamilton - 11:00am - 12:00pm & 12.30pm to 2.30pm
- November 20 - Nutrien Ag, 58 North Boundary Road, Hamilton - 9:00am - 12pm
"If you were at one of the high risk venues at these times, we strongly recommend you get tested," the service states.
There have been no positive cases at The Birches aged care facility, but access to facilities will be restricted.
"Given the number of local active COVID-19 cases and ongoing transmission risk in our community, WDHS is restricting visitors at all of its aged care facilities this week," the service advises.
"Several local disability services are also now affected by the outbreak and are being supported by the disability liaison team."
People can get tested at the Hamilton showgrounds from 9am to 3pm.
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