People across NSW are being warned to remain on high alert, with more than a dozen positive virus cases having visited a number of popular venues while potentially infectious.
There are now 17 positive COVID-19 cases linked to a growing cluster on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, with the NSW Premier warning the state to brace for many more today.
In a bid to stop the virus spreading even further, people who live or work in the Northern Beaches have been asked to stay home as much as possible over the next three days.
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“This includes working from home where possible, not visiting aged care facilities or hospitals unless essential, avoiding unnecessary gatherings and high-risk venues such as clubs, restaurants, places or worships and gyms, and avoiding unnecessary travel outside of the Northern Beaches area,” NSW Health said.
“We urge businesses to ensure full compliance with their COVID-Safe plans, including appropriate electronic recording of patrons’ contact details.”
It comes as genome sequencing has confirmed the strain of the virus is from overseas, however the source of the infections remains a mystery.
People who have visited the following Northern Beaches locations are being told to get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Full list of locations COVID-19 cases visited while potentially infectious:
- Woolworths Mona Vale, 25/29 Park St, Mona Vale, 13 December, 12-12.30pm
- Aldi Mona Vale, 13 Bungan St, Mona Vale, 13 December, 12.45-1.30pm
- Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 13, 14 and 15 December, 9-9.30am
- Palm Beach Rockpool, LOT 1 Rock Bath Rd, Palm Beach, 14 December, 9:30-10:30am
- Woolworths Avalon, 74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, 14 December 5-5.30pm
- Chemist Warehouse, 4/74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, 14 December 5.20‑5.25pm
- Commonwealth Bank, 47 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, 15 December, 12-12.15pm
- Mitre 10, 49 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, 15 December, 12-12.20pm
- Roof Racks World, 13/87 Reserve Rd, Artarmon, 15 December, 2-2:30pm
- HongFa BBQ Restaurant, Dee Why, 15 December 4.30-4.45pm
- Dee Why Fruit Market, 33 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why, 15 December, 4.45-4.55pm
- North Avalon Cellars, 4/3 N Avalon Rd, Avalon Beach, 15 December, 6-6.05pm
- Careel Bay Dog Park and Hitchcock Park, Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon, 16 December 7‑7:30am
- Palm Beach Pool, LOT 1 Rock Bath Rd, Palm Beach, 16 December, 8am-9am
- Brot and Wurst, 1442 Pittwater Rd, North Narrabeen, 16 December, 2pm-2:05pm
- Avalon Beach Post Shop, 45 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach, 16 December 3.30-3.50pm
A confirmed case also travelled between the following stations on 14 December at the following times.
- Roseville to Redfern, 6.50-7.40am
- Redfern to Milsons Point, 11.20am-11.45am
- Milsons Point to Roseville, 3.15-3.40pm
As a result of the outbreak, NSW Health has increased testing options for the Northern Beaches community through three new pop-up testing clinics:
- Avalon pop-up, Avalon Recreation Centre, 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. Open seven days, 8am to 10pm.
- Newport Pop up, Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevard, Newport. Open seven days, 8am to 10pm.
- Warringah Aquatic Centre Drive-through, 1 Aquatic Dr, Frenchs Forest. Open seven days a week, 8am to 10pm.
A new drive-through clinic at Avalon Bowling Club has also opened up this morning.
Other Northern Beaches testing centres are located at:
- Mona Vale Hospital, Gate 3 Coronation Street, Mona Vale. Open seven days 7.30am-5.30pm. Please note that staffing has been increased to assist with testing demand.
- Brookvale Community Health Centre, 612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Open seven days, 8am-6pm.
- Northern Beaches Hospital, 105 Frenchs Forest Road (West), Frenchs Forest, (rear of Emergency Department). Open seven days, 8am-5pm.