Sydney COVID-19 pub cluster grows as frantic tracing continues

The number of COVID-19 cases linked to a pub in southwest Sydney continues to grow with fears New South Wales is fast losing control of the situation.

There are now 21 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel at Casula.

Ten people are believed to have become infected at the pub while 11 others are close contacts of those people.


New South Wales Health has been urging anyone who has been at the pub between July 3 and July 10 to isolate themselves and come forward for testing.

There has been huge queues at a pop-up testing site set up at the hotel with people waiting hours to get swabbed as officials desperately try and trace the source of the infection.

New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says the rapid rise in cases linked to the pub shows the important of contact tracing.

“Those efforts have allowed us to identify, all of these cases and effectively block any further transmission, and you can see that when we have some cases that were contacts of contacts of cases, you can see how rapidly COVID-19 can spread, if we do not act promptly,” Dr Chant said.

Officials have also issued an alert for another pub southwest of Sydney after a patron tested positive.

The person had been in the gaming room of the Picton Hotel on July 4, 9 and 10.

Anyone else who had visited the gaming room at that time is being urged to self-isolate and get tested.

NSW Health has also issued an alert for several venues across Sydney and on the south coast where people who have tested positive visited, including:

  • July 4, Star Casino, Sydney
  • July 5 – Cook @ Kurnell
  • July 5 – Highfield, Caringbah
  • July 6 – Merimbula RSL
  • July 7 – Waterfront Café Merimbula
  • July 4 & 5 – Murray Downs Golf Club
  • July 4 – Planet Fitness, Casula

“New South Wales Health urges anyone who attended these venues to watch for any COVID-19 symptoms. If they occur, isolate and get tested right away,” Dr Chant said.

“We are not asking people to isolate themselves, the interviews have highlighted these individuals were unlikely to be infectious at these times, or the nature of the contact, at these venues was minimal.”

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