By Rebecca Peppiatt
A FEW weeks shy of the February 5 WA border opening, COVID is already making itself known within the local community with positive cases and exposure sites cropping up daily throughout the Hills, Midland and Swan View.
While for many, the advice is to monitor for symptoms and get tested, for those that have been in close contact with a positive case, it’s a very different story.
Fleur McKinlay is the owner of Soul Garden Holistic Beauty, a small Mundaring business that was forced to temporarily close its doors last weekend when she caught the virus from a client.
She’s been isolating at her Chidlow home away from her husband and four children ever since and though her symptoms have been mild, the knock-on effects for her business could last longer.
Fleur was advised on Saturday morning by WA Health she had come into contact with a positive case of COVID on Thursday, January 13 via her salon.
“We were immediately told to get tested,” she said.
“They ran through what the next 14 days would look like and they pump you with a heap of information about what you should and shouldn’t do which is all very overwhelming because all you’re thinking about is, what if I get it?
“But the department have actually been really good and supportive about the whole thing.”
Fleur did test positive to the virus on Sunday and spent a few days feeling under the weather.
“The first couple of days were the worst,” she said.
“Body aches and pains, sore throat, back ache.”
The rest of her family have so far tested negative and so have her salon employees who are also in self-isolation, just in case.
While they are entitled to be paid for the forced time off, the business is currently running at a loss with no clients coming through the doors.
“We do tend to bounce back but when we shut down it is always a minimum of a week and then it’s months before we catch back up,” Fleur said.
Despite the set back, Fleur said she has received an overwhelming amount of support from Hills locals who have all vowed to support her when she is back up and running.
Soul Garden Holistic Beauty will be back open for business in the first week of February.
Check www.healthywa.wa.gov.au for a list of recent exposure sites.