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Health alert: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Meet the elite team called to action to defeat COVID-19

15 April 2021

They are an elite army of 1360 and are the best in the world.

The state’s contact tracers have proven time and time again they are top of their game when it comes to diverting disaster and the lives and jobs they have saved is immeasurable.

Metro South Health Public Health Unit has played a vital role since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, even more so in the last few months. 

Benjamin RochesterFor MSH Environmental Health Office, Benjamin Rochester (pictured), COVID-19 is all he has ever known. 

“I graduated at the end of 2019 and walked right into a pandemic. I’ve been living and breathing COVID-19 ever since.

“I could have never anticipated that after graduating, the world would be faced with a pandemic like this, and could be the norm moving forward.”

Benjamin has been a part of the team calling positive cases and close contacts to ensure quarantine orders are placed and followed. 

“When we call people who have tested positive they are often in shock. Most are very co-operative.

“They are all just human beings and we try to be kind as well as piecing together the virus trail. Honestly, I’m loving every moment,” he said.

He is just one of 30 environmental health officers based at the Metro South Public Health Unit, working long hours to keep the community safe. 

“The team is very supportive of one another, ensuring a good balance outside the workplace like team trivia!

“I am lucky to be surrounded by very experienced officers, I am learning a lot.”

As for the experience the pandemic has provided, Ben knows it’s invaluable.

“Moving forward this experience will be unforgettable as everyone has had to flexible and adaptive to any emerging public health risks surrounding Covid-19.

“Hopefully, in the future the systems we have implemented now will safeguard our future and the community.

“As a State, we have come together and ensured the health and wellbeing of our community. It is dreadful to see what is happening overseas, so we aren’t out of the woods yet. I am very grateful to have a job in the field and contribute my skills for the community.”

Last updated 15 April 2021
Last reviewed 15 April 2021

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