Regional NSW is on high alert after a young man traveled thousands of miles across the state and then tested positive for COVID-19.
The 18-year-old Berala man visited Orange, Nyngan and Broken Hill in the central and western regions of the state after visiting the bottle shop in the center of a cluster on Christmas Eve. His case was identified Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, swabs from his camping friends will be analyzed.
Visitors to Orange’s Birdie Noshery and Nyngan’s Riverside Tourist Park may need to be tested. Other regional venues may be alarmed.
The case is on top of four locally acquired infections that were registered from 24 hours to 8 p.m. Monday.
Two have already been described by the authorities: a man in his fifties who visited the Berala BWS bottle store on Christmas Eve and a woman in her forties who visited the adjacent Woolworths but not the BWS. This woman’s husband had visited the BWS but tested negative. The ESPE cluster now has 15 cases.
Acting Prime Minister John Barilaro said it was a « nice number » but should be 30. 000 or 40. 000 lie.
NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard on Monday urged multicultural community leaders in the Berala area to encourage testing.
« The Berala community is a very vibrant, multicultural part of Sydney. . . . I would ask that the church leaders step forward and make sure your church hears the message. You know best how to reach each of these communities, « he said.
People from Berala and the surrounding suburbs face a $ 1000 fine for taking the upcoming test at SCG. A public health ordinance is expected to be signed in the next 24 hours, Hazzard said.
Health officials have worked to contact directly the thousands of people affected by comprehensive alerts for the ESPE and Woolworths in Berala. They had to use credit card and reward card details as QR codes are not required in stores.
Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer, appealed to Berala residents to have family, friends and colleagues tested to see if they had visited the stores.
Health investigators look for video surveillance at the mall to see if there has been any transmission at the Woolworths.
A Cronulla woman who was identified as a close contact but breached the Isolation Ordinance several times while on vacation in Byron was reprimanded Tuesday by the Health Secretary.
« If you have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days, it is for a solid public health reason. Just getting a few tests isn’t enough, « said Hazzard.
In addition to warnings for Woolworths and BWS, NSW Health recently issued warnings for Earlwood Bardwell Park RSL, Auburns Reading Cinema, and Woolworths and OKS Beauty and Hair in Lidcombe, western Sydney.
Sydney’s new mask regime went into effect on Monday. Police have fined US $ 200 in most of the indoor areas for those who do not wear masks.
The northern part of the northern beach peninsula, where the group of 148 infected people has not grown in the past two days, will stay at home until at least Saturday.
New South Wales, Orange, Broken Hill, Department of Health
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