Child, construction worker test positive for COVID-19 in Ballarat

Ballarat Clarendon College told parents a child who attended its early learning centre tested positive to COVID-19. (ABC Ballarat: Christopher Testa)

A child who attends an early learning centre in Ballarat is understood to have tested positive for COVID-19, while a construction worker in the regional city has also tested positive after a stint working in Melbourne.

In a letter to parents, Clarendon College Ballarat principal David Shepherd said the school was told on Tuesday morning a student at one of its early learning centres had tested positive.

Mr Shepherd said the Grampians Public Health Unit had advised the school that any student, staff member, contractor and visitor who attended the Mair Street campus on Friday was subject to a "stop and stay directive".

"It is our collective responsibility to follow the advice and guidance of the health experts," Mr Shepherd wrote. 

The Department of Health and Grampians Public Health Unit have been contacted for comment.

Construction worker also infected

Earlier, Department of Health deputy secretary Kate Matson confirmed a Ballarat construction worker was one of three new cases in regional Victoria on Tuesday.

She said the person had worked in Melbourne. 

Ms Matson said the man had been "free to move about" as he was in regional Victoria, and advised people to check exposure site listings online.

The Lake View Hotel in Lake Wendouree, Ballarat's Big W, and The Forge Pizzeria have all been listed as Tier 1 exposure sites.

The Grampians Public Health Unit said the infected worker was "at home and being cared for by their health team". 

A drive-through testing site has been set up at Marty Busch Reserve in Sebastopol.

There have so far been no new infections arising from a fully vaccinated person who unknowingly worked shifts at a Ballarat residential disability centre last week.

"We still have [wastewater] detections that occurred before that gentleman came to us and so we're still urging the people of Ballarat to come out and get tested," Grampians Public Health Unit medical director Rosemary Aldrich said on Monday.

"We are still anxious to get to the bottom of whatever it is that generated those wastewater detections on Wednesday."

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