Rich River Golf Club Staff COVID Results So Far Negative
A Kyabram golfer who played nine holes at Rich River Golf Club the day before the AFL Grand Final forced the club to shut down for three days.
The golfer tested positive for COVID-19 in the days following his round at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 24.
He played nine holes on the west course with three other golfers before spending time in the bistro and sports bar.
It was 1:20 p.m. when the four golfers left the club, with advice from NSW Health for any member or client who was inside the clubhouse that day – between 10:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. – to get tested and s ‘self-isolate until you receive a negative test.
Merool Holiday Park has also been connected to the case, with anyone who has used the park facilities between midnight Friday September 24 and 10 a.m. Sunday September 26 are urged to get tested and self-isolate.
Moama Woolworths and the Moama Border Inn were on a separate list of exhibit sites yesterday when a positive case was detected in the Edward River local government area.
Anyone at the Border Inn between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on September 24, or at the Woolworths between 6:10 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. are also welcome to get tested and isolated.
Rich River Golf Club general manager Shane Gloury said he and a team spent five hours Friday night looking at CCTV footage to track the golfer’s movements.
“We had to close the clubhouse on Friday night and were closed the whole weekend,” Mr. Gloury said.
More than 80 golf club staff were forced to undergo COVID testing due to the positive case’s presence at the club on September 24.
“We have to do the right thing, hence the closure of the clubhouse. The golf course is open and the pro shop is also open, ”he said.
Mr Gloury said it was nearly impossible for the club to function due to the number of staff who were forced into solitary confinement.
“We have 84 employees who isolate. A number of these staff members took a test on Saturday, some of them have already had results, ”he said.
“All of these results are negative.”
Mr Gloury said he was still awaiting official advice from NSW Health on the club’s reopening, which he expected on Monday.
“They wanted to know about close contacts. It was not easy to understand.
“Fortunately, we have fairly extensive CCTV coverage.
“A group of us spent quite a bit of time on Friday night browsing the footage.
“We have a pretty good idea of the Patronage movement.
“We spoke to the boss and he was very cooperative.
“He’s been very helpful to us and we’ve provided all of this information to NSW Health,” Gloury said.
The club expects some of its staff to self-isolate for 14 days, starting from September 24 contact with the positive case.
“More of the employees were away from the boss, but all of this needs to be confirmed by NSW Health,” he said.
“We got the information they needed a little after midnight Friday night.”
Mr Gloury said the golf course and pro-shop would remain open, using staff who were not working when the positive case made it to the site.
“We are doing everything to comply.
“We closed the doors at midnight Friday evening and we did not reopen on Saturday.
“Only the clubhouse itself will be closed, the bistro, the games, the reception hall and the sports bar.
“It’s mainly because of the number of employees who isolate themselves, more than anyone else.
“It’s more a question of having enough staff to open the club.
“We expect that by Monday afternoon we will have all the results,” he said.
Mr Gloury said the recent reopening of ‘border bubble’ conditions had been a huge boost for the club, only to be closed days later.
“We started to collect our people from Echuca, then this. But I understand that it has to happen, ”he said.
NSW’s case numbers remain at 800+ and Mr Gloury said he can now understand the scale of the contact tracers’ work.
“They have to go through every contact and when everyone has a daily list of over 20 contacts, it goes into the thousands.”
There are now two cases of COVID-19 in Campaspe Shire, the Kyabram case and a second case in Echuca.