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South West town urged not to panic as Collie man tests positive to COVID-19

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The Department of Health is reassuring the Collie community after a return traveller tested positive to COVID-19.

A man, in his 30’s, flew in from Poland, undertaking 14 days of quarantine in a Melbourne hotel before returning to Collie.

The health department said he tested negative to COVID-19 on all his tests while in hotel quarantine but read a “weak” positive when re-examined as part of Vic Health’s post-quarantine procedures.

“He returned a very weak positive result, which is sometimes seen in people with old, recovered infections,” WA Health said.

“The test result most likely reflects an historic infection but out of an abundance of caution has retested the man to clarify his infection status.

“We are asking the community not to panic and to be assured that WA Health will advise the community if results indicate this is an infectious case.”

As a precaution, the man’s three closest contacts have been asked to isolate pending further test results, including antibody tests, which are expected back tomorrow.

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