Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

Tasmanian public health authorities have listed a Woolworths supermarket in Bridgewater, north of Hobart, as a hotspot after it was visited by a COVID-positive man who violated hotel quarantine earlier this week.

The 28 Green Point Road supermarket has been listed as an exhibit site between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 12th.

Public Health Director Mark Veitch said people in the supermarket during this period were considered close contacts and should immediately isolate at home for 14 days.

Check -in TAS data is used to identify potentially hundreds of people who were in the supermarket during this time.

It comes after the 31-year-old man who flew into Hobart from Melbourne without a valid border card on Monday tested positive for COVID-19 after escaping hotel quarantine.

The hotel security guards discovered he was missing from his room at Travelodge on Tuesday afternoon and alerted police before being located at an address in Bridgewater at 6 p.m. 16.45.

He has since been transferred to the Fountainside Medi Hotel in Hobart’s CBD.

Hooded man surrounded by police in PPE.
The man was returned to quarantine after being found in a private residence in Bridgewater.(ABC News: Rob Reibel)

Yesterday, Prime Minister Peter Gutwein told the state parliament that the man “was not cooperative”, had been “very difficult to deal with” and has refused to wear a face mask since he was found by police.

It is not yet known how the man managed to leave his quarantine hotel at the Travelodge in Hobart’s CBD.

There is no CCTV from Travelodge showing how or where the man left the hotel, but footage obtained by ABC appears to show the man outside at 6 p.m. 22:50 Monday, less than an hour after he arrived.

Police said the man would be fined about $ 3,000 for violating state border measures and leaving hotel quarantine.

There are now four exposure sites associated with the COVID-positive traveler:

  • Jetstar flight JQ715 Melbourne to Hobart arrives at 20:27 on 11 October;
  • Hobart airport arrival area male bathroom between 21:10 and 21:15 and 21:25 and 21:30, 11 October;
  • Hobart Airport Arrivals Hall including luggage collection between 20:54 and 22:07, 11 October.
  • Woolworths Bridgewater between 15:15 and 16:30, 12 October

Additional exposure sites will be listed on the Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website.

Public Health has also provided mobile COVID testing in Gagebrook, north of Hobart, from today.

The clinic will be located at Cris Fitzpatrick Memorial Park on Tottenham Road and will be open for testing between 8:30 and 3:30 p.m.

A vaccination clinic also operates at the nearby Brighton Civic Center.

Reservations are not required for the test or vaccination clinic.

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