Five staff from a Victorian children’s hospital have tested positive for coronavirus and seven others are self-isolating but the centre rejects the cases are part of an outbreak.

Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital on Wednesday confirmed five workers from the health centre have separately tested positive.

A spokesman from the RCH said the workers are not connected with any work team and ensured the other seven staff self-isolating are doing so for individual circumstances.

She also said there are no COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

A shop within the hospital was forced to close last Friday after a back of house worker at the premises tested positive.

“As this is a private retail tenancy, contact tracing is being managed by the health department,” the RCH spokesman said.

“The RCH has received no advice to any risk to patrons however took the measure of advising all staff as soon as we became aware and also placing advisory notices.”


Victoria reported another 238 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday.