A whistleblower at a Victorian abattoir has lifted the lid on the state’s contact tracing system, claiming the department of health failed to quickly notify his workplace after he tested positive.
Earlier this month, a meat inspector at Australian Food Group in Laverton North tested positive for COVID-19 but said health authorities did not ask him where he worked.
He said his employer was only alerted to the positive test, and potential outbreak when he informed them himself three days after the positive test.
The whistleblower also claimed there was a lengthy delay in the Department of Health and Human Services asking who he had seen and where he had been in the days before his test.
The Australian Food Group, which employs 60 people and provides pork to Woolworths, claimed the health department did not provide proper instructions on how to proceed despite multiple phone calls and took it upon itself to stop production, shut down the site and do a deep clean.
There are 85 Victorians receiving treatment for the virus in hospital, 26 of whom are in the intensive care unit.
Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has not ruled out imposing stage four restrictions across the state if the situation does not improve.
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