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Two patrons who attended Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup day at Flemington have tested positive for COVID.

One of the cases was a contract worker who worked on Melbourne Cup day and Derby day whilst the other was a person in the crowd which attended Cup day.

Victoria Racing Club released a statement which confirmed the cases and said it was working closely with the Department of Health.

“The safety of all patrons, staff, racing participants and horses is the VRC’s top priority,” the statement read.

“The contractor who tested positive worked two full days in The Arbour in the Purple Zone on the ground floor of the Club Stand.

“The Department of Health has advised the VRC that patrons and staff who attended The Arbour on Cup Day are considered at low risk. Based on this, patrons and staff are advised to monitor their health and get tested if they develop any symptoms.

“The patron who tested positive attended the deck bar within the Green Zone on Cup Day and the Department of Health is in direct contact with the patron and their two social close contacts, who are also fully vaccinated.

“Patrons who attended the deck bar on Cup Day are being contacted directly via SMS by the VRC and staff have also been contacted.

“Patrons are advised to monitor their health and get tested if they develop any symptoms. VRC is in contact with staff with recommendations for testing.”

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