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From a Ballarat Health Services Media Release
Tuesday 13 July 2021

Local exposure site threat

Ballarat Health Services is urging everyone in the Grampians region (from Ballan to the South Australian border) to retrace their steps last week.

Last Thursday 8 July, anyone who travelled on the Western Highway (westbound) from the direction of Melbourne towards Ballarat
AND stopped and got out of their car at the McDonald’s / Mobil Service Station near Ballan between 5.00pm and 7.00pm
OR anyone who ordered delivery of McDonald’s or any other food/goods from this station may have been exposed to the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.

People who believe they may have been exposed to the virus must:

  • Go home, stay home and isolate immediately
  • Call 1800 675 398 to alert the state Contact Tracing team
  • Get a COVID test and quarantine for 14 days
  • Only leave home to get the COVID test
  • Do not stop anywhere on the way to-or-from the test
  • Stay home until they are contacted by the Grampians Public Health Unit

The risk of exposure is high for anyone who attended the station between 5.00pm to 7.00pm on Thursday 8 July.

At the time of writing, those who used the McDonald’s Drive-Thru are not considered to be at risk unless they got out of their car and touched shared surfaces and/or went into the building.  However, anyone with symptoms – no matter how mild – must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Testing

A pop-up testing site has been established in the Ballan Railway Station car park, and is operating between 9.00am and 6.00pm until further notice. You do not need an appointment to get tested at this site.

Details of other testing locations are available at:

Anyone – with or without symptoms – who believes they may have been exposed to the virus must go home and isolate immediately and get tested as soon as they can.

Anyone who has any symptoms – no matter how mild – must get tested even if they do not think they have been exposed to the virus.