By Melissa Sheil
ST Brigid’s College Year 12 students found themselves in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis this week after attending their school ball at one of the sites visited by Perth’s infected hotel quarantine security guard.
No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded since the hotel quarantine breach forced the Perth metropolitan area into a five-day lockdown on Monday.
The man, known as case 903, visited a number of places in the metro area including Mitsubishi Motors Midland.
On Friday, January 29, case 903 also attended the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the St Brigid’s College Ball was being hosted.
The 177 staff, students, and their families and guests that attended the ball were advised to undergo COVID-19 testing as a precaution.
The Catholic Education Office of WA told Echo News it was likely case 903 left the venue prior to the start of the school event.
“[St Brigid’s] College has been advised that the person who tested positive with COVID-19 was at the opposite end of the centre and not in the vicinity of the Year 12 Ball location,” they said.
“Guests were required to use the SafeWA app and to date, no one has been contacted through the app to advise of close contact.
“We will ensure to provide schools with relevant information and updates as it comes to hand.”
Deidre Beady’s son attended the ball and presented himself for testing.
“When we were alerted, we went to get the test as soon as possible,” Ms Beady said.
“They were very quick to get it done and the negative result came back in six hours, but we still isolated in the meantime as said the advice.”
Case 903 also visited Mitsubishi Motors in Midland on January 27, sometime between 7pm and closing.
A Mitsubishi Motors Australia spokesperson said the sales and service area of the dealership was not affected but a full deep clean was underway.
“The person who has tested positive accompanied a friend to the used car lot of the dealership,” they said.
“He did not enter the sales or service area.
“In an abundance of caution, the dealership is also undergoing a deep clean.”
The dealership’s service department reopened after the deep clean on Wednesday, and the sales showroom will reopen with the lifting of lockdown restrictions tomorrow.
On day one of the lockdown a 41-year-old Ellenbrook man was arrested outside Midland Gate Shopping Centre for refusing to wear a face mask.
It is alleged Anthony Charles Blurton was not wearing a mask at the time Police approached him and refused to put one on when offered one for free.
He was charged with failing to comply with a direction and failing to comply with a request to give police personal details.
He was refused bail and is next due at Midland Magistrate’s Court on February 19.