Lilydale exposed to Covid-19


By Mikayla van Loon

The Yarra Ranges has been exposed to Covid-19 with a positive case visiting two popular locations in Lilydale.

Lilydale McDonalds and Lilydale Shell Coles Express Service Station were both listed as Tier 2 exposure sites on Thursday 19 August on the Department of Health’s website.

An infected person is believed to have attended the Macca’s between 2.14pm and 2.34pm on 14 August, as well as the service station between 9.10pm and 9.30pm on the same day.

It is still not known whether the cases are linked but close contacts are required to get tested immediately and isolate at home until a negative result is received.

Lilydale police are also on alert after a positive Covid-19 case was identified within Victoria Police late on Thursday 19 August.

“The positive case in Pakenham is a serving VicPol member who has worked in Knox and Lilydale,” Covid-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said.

“This case popped up fairly late yesterday, so we are obviously working with our colleagues at VicPol and the individual concerned to identify the contacts they have worked with. I know VicPol has very strong workforce arrangements, so we are confident we can identify that pretty quickly.”

Prior to these exposures, Lilydale and surrounding suburbs of Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark and Mount Evelyn had been free from Covid-19 cases for at least 330 days.

It will not be known if cases will be connected to these sites until test results are returned to close contacts.

More to come as updates are provided on Covid-19 exposure sites.