RICH AND CONTAGIOUS
Man linked to infected jetset fighting for life ‘Colorado Ski Trip Cluster’ being tracked
A MAN infected with COVID-19 who is fighting for his life in a Melbourne hospital had contact with a group of Victorian jet-setters who contracted coronavirus in the US ski resort of Aspen.
Another man who interacted with one of the alpine ski set at a Geelong Grammar parents’ cocktail party in Toorak also caught the virus and was on a ventilator — but has since recovered.
The Herald Sun can reveal health authorities are now closely monitoring what is being called the Colorado ski trip cluster, with dozens of infections believed to have spread here from that group.
It’s believed their infections originated when an adult child of one of the Victorian skiers visited them in Aspen.
Data released yesterday showed the highest rate of infection in Melbourne is in Stonnington — which includes rich suburbs Toorak and Armadale — with 57 cases. The Mornington Peninsula — which includes posh Portsea and Sorrento — is the next highest with 32 cases.
A MAN struck down with COVID-19 and fighting for his life in hospital had mixed with Melbourne jetsetters infected at the exclusive Aspen ski resort in Colorado.
Another man who interacted with one of the alpine ski set at a Geelong Grammar parents’ cocktail party in Toorak also contracted the virus, and had to be hooked up to a ventilator, but has since recovered.
The Herald Sun can reveal Victorian health authorities are now closely monitoring what is being called the Colorado ski trip cluster, with dozens of infections believed to have spread from that US trip.
It is believed the COVID-19 infections originated from a child of one of the members of the group, who visited them in Aspen while travelling around the world.
An outbreak in Noosa in Queensland which has hit 30 people after a 50th birthday party has also been linked to Aspen — with a man who went to the function at a restaurant having recently spent time at the Colorado resort.
Health authorities are checking Melburnians who had contact with the Aspen group, who include successful business people and members of the social elite.
Data released yesterday shows the highest rates of infection in Melbourne are in the City of Stonnington, which includes prestigious suburbs such as Toorak and Armadale, with 57 cases.
The Mornington Peninsula, which includes posh Portsea and Sorrento, has the next highest number, 36 cases. The City of Melbourne has 32.
Amid reports some of the ski party who recently returned were not self-isolating, a few members of the Aspen group have moved to clear the air and declare they were quarantining themselves.
One of them, Flexigroup chairman and former state Liberal Party treasurer Andrew Abercrombie, yesterday broke his silence.
He said he was in “good health” and “has been in selfisolation in Melbourne since returning home from Aspen”.
Mr Abercrombie and his wife Shadda first put themselves into self-isolation in the world-famous ski village after hearing someone they had been in contact with there had contracted the virus.
After being cleared by US authorities to return to Melbourne, they were tested for COVID-19 by authorities here.
The couple both returned negative test results.
“He has twice tested negative for COVID-19 and yesterday received a notice from VicHealth confirming his isolation period is over,” Mr Abercrombie’s spokeswoman said.
He also clarified he had not been in Portsea since leaving for overseas in February.
The Herald Sun yesterday reported Portsea residents were fuming about members of the Aspen cluster, whom they believed were blatantly breaking self-isolation restrictions while in the town.
Other members of the Aspen group include entrepreneur Sophie Carnegie-Cooper and her partner, debt expert Michael Backwell, and marketing analyst Eliza Honan.
The Herald Sun is not suggesting those people were flouting restrictions on people returning overseas, only that they were in the group.
The Department of Health and Human Services data on council areas with high infections was released yesterday, with a warning that the best way to slow the virus was to remain isolated.
Aspen holidaymaker Eliza Honan tested positive to the virus