Victorian Doctor Latest Australian To Test Positive To Coronavirus
A doctor who recently visited the United States, and since treated dozens of patients -- has become Victoria's 11th confirmed coronavirus case, according to health authorities.
Over 70 patients have been in contact with the doctor -- who tested positive to the COVID-19 virus on Friday night -- since his return from the U.S. and have been requested to self-isolate for a 14-day period.
The doctor consulted about 70 patients between March 2 and yesterday, State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Saturday.
He also treated two patients at a nursing home during that time, who are now being isolated in their rooms. The doctor's workplace, Toorak Clinic on Malvern Road, has been closed until further notice.
Over 3000 people have been tested for coronavirus in Victoria to date and a majority of the results have been negative, Mikakos said.
Mikakos said the local physician was confirmed to have coronavirus last night, less than a week after returning overseas.
"I have to say I am flabbergasted that a doctor that has flu-like symptoms has presented to work," Mikakos said.
"Our advice to the community is that if you have returned from overseas and are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms then please stay home. Do not go to work.
"You should self isolate until such time as you are able to be presenting to a doctor, getting medical advice about whether you potentially have over COVID-19," Mikakos said.
Chrissie Maus, General Manager Chapel Street Precinct Association said the health and safety of the community was the organisation's number one focus.
"We are here to assure you that the Department of Health & Human Services has advised us this is contained and under control," Maus said.
"We are working closely with the City of Stonnington to assure our residents, visitors and businesses that important precautions have been taken and not to panic."