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Urgent warning to 2,500 A-League fans after coronavirus case attended a Newcastle Jets match

An urgent health warning has been released for 2,500 A-League fans after a positive coronavirus case attended a Newcastle Jets match as well as five pubs. 

Soccer fans who were at McDonald’s Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow on Sunday from 7.30pm are advised to keep an eye out for COVID-19 symptoms.  

NSW Health on Thursday said attendees who develop any symptoms must get tested for coronavirus and self-isolate immediately.  

The warning comes after a man in his 20s from the Newcastle region tested positive to coronavirus. He is a close contact of a teenager who was identified as a positive case on Wednesday. 

According to the Hunter New England Local Health District, the man also visited five pubs over three days. 

Soccer fans who were at McDonald's Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow on Sunday from 7.30pm are advised to keep an eye out for COVID-19 symptoms. Pictured: Newcastle Jets celebrate a goal during Sunday evening's game

Soccer fans who were at McDonald's Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow on Sunday from 7.30pm are advised to keep an eye out for COVID-19 symptoms. Pictured: Newcastle Jets celebrate a goal during Sunday evening's game

Soccer fans who were at McDonald’s Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow on Sunday from 7.30pm are advised to keep an eye out for COVID-19 symptoms. Pictured: Newcastle Jets celebrate a goal during Sunday evening’s game

Revellers who attended three of the venues over the same time period are required to get a COVID-19 test and immediately self-isolate for 14 days.

The man visited Bennett Hotel in Hamilton from 5.30pm to 10pm on Friday July 31, before moving to Greenroof Hotel, also in Hamilton, from 10pm to midnight. 

The third venue for immediate self-isolation is the sports bar at Wests New Lambton, with the positive case visiting from 5pm to 7.30pm on Sunday August 2. 

‘The venues have been notified and are undergoing cleaning. Contact tracing is underway,’ a statement read. 

Hunter New England Health is also urging revellers who visited the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle from 9.30pm to 11pm on Saturday August 1 and the Sydney Junction Hotel in Hamilton from midnight to 1.30am on Sunday August 2 to monitor for symptoms. 

‘If any [symptoms] develop get tested and self-isolate immediately,’ the health advice said.   

Dr Kat Taylor, Public Health Controller for Hunter New England Health’s COVID-19 response said they are working to identify any further contacts or venues of the two positive coronavirus cases in the Newcastle region.  

‘It is vital people in the community continue to present for testing if experiencing symptoms to limit the spread of the virus,’ she said.

‘I encourage everyone to follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing, coughing or sneezing into their elbow, and regularly washing their hands.’

More to come 

Source: Daily Mail AU

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