Higher Shepparton companies linked to the native COVID-19 outbreak are working to dispel rumours they had been visited by the Melbourne truck driver who unfold the virus to the area.
Bombshell Co and Thai Orchid are amongst native companies making an attempt to quash this misinformation, which has plagued many publicity websites related to the native cluster.
This comes after Victorian chief well being officer Brett Sutton clarified on October 14 that not all high-risk websites or areas of concern had been associated to the Melbourne man.
Some websites had been additionally linked to the Shepparton cluster — three locals who examined optimistic to the virus late Tuesday, October 13 after unknowingly catching it from the Melbourne truck driver when he visited Shepparton on September 30.
“So people who find themselves visiting the golf store or a few of these different cafes and eating places relate to those newest instances and to not the case who travelled on September 30,” Prof Sutton mentioned.
However Bombshell Co proprietor Kaye Kuch mentioned within the absence of data in the beginning of the outbreak, folks assumed the truck driver had visited the salon.
“(They thought) we accepted a Melbourne resident for a haircut. We wish to be clear that we didn’t,” she mentioned.
“Actually, we did fairly the alternative. We’ve truly turned away a lot of people who find themselves Melbourne residents who’ve both phoned for appointments or walked into the store.
“It wasn’t the Melbourne truck driver, however a daily buyer. She had no concept she was contaminated.”
In a Fb publish, Thai Orchid mentioned it had additionally been caught up in related rumours.
“We didn’t have the index case . . . in our enterprise. Nor would we’ve allowed the index case to dine in our restaurant,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“These phrases have penalties and probably lead folks to imagine that enterprise house owners who’re already below extreme strain get blamed after they have accomplished all the pieces appropriate.
“These instances who did attend our enterprise had been native and fully unaware of the an infection. These folks performed themselves completely in our restaurant.”
As a small salon, Ms Kuch mentioned she and the remainder of the Bombshell Co workforce knew their purchasers — and in the event that they did not, they requested the place they had been from.
“Individuals have been straight up, they’ve instructed us and we’ve politely defined that we will’t assist them because of the restrictions,” she mentioned.
However Ms Kuch mentioned she nonetheless noticed misinformation swirling round social media.
“Some folks commented on-line, saying, ‘He went right here, right here and right here’. And I’ve replied and mentioned, ‘That’s not appropriate, he didn’t attend these locations’,” she mentioned.
“Individuals have to trust that we’ve accomplished, and are doing, the suitable factor for our purchasers and our neighborhood.”
Thai Orchid mentioned it had gone “above and past” regular COVID-safe protocols — and its efforts have definitely paid off.
“In most different cluster conditions, there is just one one that is contaminated. We had two confirmed instances that dined,” a spokesperson mentioned.
“Having two confirmed instances attend and have zero transmissions is extraordinary. We’re eternally grateful to our employees.”
Final week’s nightmare proved the significance of companies having a COVID-safe plan in place, based on Ms Kuch.
“We took the restrictions critically and applied a . . . plan properly earlier than it was required as a result of we didn’t wish to be ‘that enterprise’,” she mentioned.
State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed inspired folks to entry their data from reliable sources just like the DHHS web site or each day COVID-19 media conferences.
“Social media is a harmful place to get correct data, until it is from an authorised web site,” she mentioned.
“Individuals may also entry up-to-date COVID-19 data on the Goulburn Valley Well being Fb web page or GV Well being chief government Matt Sharp’s Fb web page.”
Ms Sheed praised native companies and people for following well being recommendation.
“The low virus numbers present the individuals who had been contaminated — however did not know they had been — additionally did the suitable factor,” she mentioned.
“This has been such a great outcome.”
For extra data, go to dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or coronavirus.vic.gov.au/covidsafe-plan or name the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.