Virgin flight attendant tests positive to COVID-19, efforts under way to contact passengers from five flights26th June 2021
Five flights potentially exposed to COVID-19 as Virgin flight attendant tests positive
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Passengers and crew members from five Virgin Australian flights are being contacted after a flight attendant tested positive to COVID-19.
Virgin confirmed that the cabin worker returned a positive reading after undertaking a rapid test result on Saturday night.
In a statement, the airline said the affected crew member is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case from a known cluster in Sydney.
Virgin said it was contacting all staff who were deemed close contacts. All would be asked to get tested and isolate.
NSW Health on Saturday night issued a public health alert for the flight, saying all NSW passengers were being considerd close contacts and must call its COVID-19 line (1800 943 553), get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
Victoria’s Department of Public Health has also recorded all public areas of Melbourne Airport’s Terminal as an exposure site between 6.30am and 7.30am on Saturday. Anyone who visited between those hours is asked to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.
The five Virgin flights affected
Friday, June 25:
- VA939 Departed Sydney at 11.51am; arrived Brisbane at 1.25pm
- VA334 Departed Brisbane at 2.59pm; arrived Melbourne at 5.16pm
Saturday, June 26:
- VA827 Departed Melbourne at 9am; arrived Sydney at 10.14am
- VA517 Departed Sydney at 11.14am; arrived Gold Coast at 12.40pm
- VA524 Departed Gold Coast at 1.26pm; arrived Sydney 2.47pm
Virgin said the infected crew member was not aware they were a close contact of a positive case until after they completed their last flight on Saturday.
The airline said that the flights – with the exception of VA334 between Brisbane and Melbourne – were carrying a “limited number of passengers” due to NSW border restrictions, and facilitating “essential travel” only.
“The crew member also had an overnight layover in Melbourne on 25 June 2021, staying at the Holiday Inn Express Southbank,” Virgin said in its statement.
“While in Melbourne, the crew member remained in hotel isolation under prescribed COVID protocols for overnighting crew members from New South Wales.
“Any close contact team members will be removed from their rostered duties and will be required to isolate for a minimum of 14 days and test in accordance with appropriate state health protocols.
“In addition, Virgin Australia has asked that household members of close contact team members be tested and isolate for a minimum 14 days in line with state health guidelines.”