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Testing centres are extending their opening hours across Sydney and Wollongong and a new pop-up site has been established as the number of venues visited by potentially infectious COVID-19 cases continues to balloon.
Moreover, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has issued a renewed call for everyone who visited the Westfield at Bondi Junction at any time last weekend to get tested – even if they only went to the carpark.
To encourage more individuals to come forward, Dr Chant said the mandate to isolate after testing until receiving a negative result will not apply to people who went to the Bondi shopping centre but didn’t visit specific venues of concern, unless they develop symptoms.
It comes after health authorities failed to find direct contact between recent cases who visited the centre and infected individuals, leading them to assume they were infected through fleeting aerasol transmission while walking around the centre.
Of most concern among this morning’s new exposure sites is the Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet shopping complex in Drummoyne, where a positive case spent a number of hours last Tuesday.
A number of stores within the complex at 19 Roseby Street have been listed as Tier One exposure sites.
Anyone who visited the stores at the listed times on Tuesday June 15 is deemed a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
The Tier One stores are Country Road and Seed, both between 12.30 and 1pm, and Nike between 12.50 and 1.15pm.
Other locations within the centre have been deemed Tier Two sites, with anyone who visited them told to get tested and isolate until receiving a negative result.
These locations are the food court and female toilets between 11am and 11.30am and the Chemist Warehouse store between 1.15pm and 1.25pm.
A new pop-up testing clinic has been set up in Drummoyne to accommodate increased demand, in addition to extended opening hours at a number of other sites in Sydney and Wollongong.
The Drummoyne Laverty Pathology drive-through clinic is located on the Birkenhead Point Rooftop Carpark at 19 Roseby Street and will operate from 8am until 4pm seven days a week.
Other new Tier Two sites added today are as follows:
- Barangaroo – California Nails, Shop T2.15 in Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, Scotch Row, 200 Barangaroo Avenue – Wednesday, June 16 between 4.45pm and 5.30pm – call NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553;
- Potts Point – Harris Farm Markets, 30 Springfield Avenue – Wednesday, June 16 between 6pm and 6.45pm;
- Sydney – MLC Food Court, 25 Martin Place – Thursday, June 17 between 9.50am and 10.20am;
- Sydney – Coles Wynyard, corner of Wynyard Street and Carrington Street – Thursday June 17 between 4.20pm and 4.50pm.
Anyone who attended Fitness First Pitt Street Platinum on Wednesday June 16 between 12:30pm-1.15pm or Fitness First Bond Street Platinum on Thursday June 17 between 3.30pm-4.30pm is asked to call NSW Health, get tested and self-isolate until they receive further advice.
Similarly, anyone who visited Baby Bunting in Shellharbour on Friday 18 June between 4.30pm-5.15pm must self-isolate immediately and contact health authorities.
Any customers in the Salvos charity shop in Tempe on Wednesday June 16 between 2pm-3pm are now considered a close contact of a positive case and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.
In addition, anyone in the shop on Wednesday June 16 between 9am-10.10am is considered a casual contact and must get tested.
There are also a number of shops in Sydney’s CBD, including chemists and supermarkets, impacted during the lunchtime rush.
Any customers at the following locations are now considered close contacts:
- Chemist Warehouse Pitt Street on Tuesday June 15 between 12:30pm-1.00pm;
- Square Sandwiches Tuesday June 15 between 2.45pm-3.15pm and Wednesday June 16 between 2.45pm-3.15pm;
- Woolworths Metro Pitt Street Mall and Bakers Delight shop front near Wynyard Station on Wednesday June 16 between 12:20pm-12:40pm.
Saturday night’s update from NSW Health also lists further stores in Westfield Bondi Junction, considered the centre of Sydney’s outbreak.
Customers who visited supermarkets Aldi and Coles on Monday June 14 between 9.50am-10.10am and 10.00am-10.30am (respectively) are now considered casual contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.
A cafe in Wollongong was also visited by an infected person, with the Westfield at Bondi Junction remaining at the centre of the latest cluster which has grown to six.
People have also been urged to get tested if they have visited any of the sites at the listed times, with people who went to Westfield at all last weekend told to be on alert for any symptoms.
Latest Sydney alerts – trains
Alerts have been issued for multiple Sydney trains.
Anybody who was on them should get tested and isolate for 14 days – even if they test negative. People should also call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.
A T2 train last Sunday (June 13) from Newtown to Central which departed around 2.55pm.
A T4 Central to Bondi train at around 3.05pm or 3.11pm the same day.
Four trains on Tuesday (June 15) are also affected.
Two were on the T4 line. One went from Bondi Junction to Central at 8.03am. The other went the opposite way at 2.19pm.
Passengers on two trains on the T8 Airport Line that day are also being alerted.
The 8.18am Central to Campbelltown and the 1.18pm the other way are also the subject of alerts.
Sydney shop alerts
Ikea at Tempe last Wednesday (June 16) from 10am-12 noon, and the nearby Decathlon sports shop from 12-12.30pm are listed as exposure sites.
Birkenhead Point outlet at Drummoyne was also visited by one of the infected people, from 10am-2pm on Monday (June 15).
Stocklands Merrylands Shopping Centre on Monday 14 June from 1pm to 3pm is also listed.
People who were at any shop should get tested and isolate until they test negative.
Wollongong cafe alert
Anybody who was at The Broken Drum café, 6/78 Princes Highway, Fairy Meadow, on Friday (18 June) from 10.20am – 10.40am is defined as a close contact and should get tested and call NSW Health.
They are being told to isolate for 14 days, even if they test negative.
Gardening centre alerts
Fresh gardening centre alerts have been issued.
People at Pants Plus in Pennant Hills last Saturday (12 June) from 12.30pm to 12.45pm and Flower Power in Glenhaven the same day from 2pm-2.30pm are ‘casual’ contacts and should get a test.
Anybody who visited Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park on Sunday (June 13) is listed as a casual contact if they were there from 12.30-1pm.
Bondi Junction alerts
A raft of new stores have been added to the Bondi Junction list of alerts.
Customers at supermarkets Aldi and Coles on Monday June 14 between 9.50am-10.10am and 10.00am-10.30am respectively are considered close contacts and must get tested immediately, isolating until they return a negative result.
Same goes for people at Chemist Warehouse Bondi Junction and and Chemist Warehouse Oxford Street on Wednesday June 16 between 5.30pm-6pm.
Anyone who was at the Bondi Junction shopping centre at any time last Saturday June 12 or Sunday, June 13 is being asked to get tested even if they were only in the car park and have no symptoms.
Anyone at the nearby Tea Gardens Hotel, Bondi Junction’s gaming room on that day between 5pm-5.15pm is considered a close contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.
Anyone who visited the shopping centre at any time between June 11 and 18 has been told to monitor closely for symptoms and get tested if they become unwell.
NSW Health confirmed on Friday that a COVID-19 case had been linked to Myer and David Jones.
Anybody who was at Myer on Levels Two or Four on Saturday, June 12, from 11.15am-11.50am, is now a close contact and will have to self-quarantine for two weeks.
The same applies to anybody who was at the David Jones on Level One on the same day from 10.55am-11.15am.
This goes for both staff and patrons, though people who were in other parts of the store (and in the case of David Jones, the food court on Level One during the period in question) are not contacts.
Close contacts must contact NSW Health, get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible, and quarantine until 14 days have passed since they were at either venue, regardless of the result.
You will be considered a casual contact if you visited the Bondi Junction Westfield food court between 1.15pm and 1.45pm on Sunday June 13.
Canberra sites listed
A man with COVID-19 attended the Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition and exhibition gift shop between 12pm and 1.45pm in Canberra on Monday June 14.
The man also went to Via Dolce Pasticceria in Canberra City between 2.45pm and 3.15pm.
“In addition, if you were at the National Gallery of Australia, including the main gift shop, from 12 to 2pm on Monday, June 14, you must be vigilant for even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms, immediately get tested and isolate until a negative test is received,” ACT Health said.
The man, from Baulkham Hills, was identified as a case.
NSW Health said he “showed low virus levels” but an expert panel was “unable to rule out the possibility” that he had the virus.