Health authorities have added two new venues to a growing list of places where people who visited at the same time as COVID-19 cases were present need to self-isolate.
Key points:Fifteen new confirmed cases have been reported to 8:00pm FridayFive are linked to the Crossroads Hotel, bringing that total to 45A record number of tests were done on Friday, with more than 27,700
NSW deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty has urged people who attended the venues to isolate immediately for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
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The bistro at Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, on the NSW South Coast, where one case visited on July 13 between 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Another confirmed case visited the Albion Park McDonald’s in the Shellharbour area on July 15 between 2:00pm and 2:30pm. People who attended the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club bistro on July 13 should self-isolate.(Supplied: visitnsw.com)
Dr McAnulty said anyone with symptoms should immediately come forward for testing.
“We have got a growing list of places [on our website] that people should review on a regular basis … and remind themselves whether they need to isolate and get tested,” he said.
“We are at a crucial point in the fight against COVID-19.”
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NSW reported 15 new cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm last night.
There have now been 3,361 confirmed cases in NSW, with 2,799 recovered.
Five cases, including two from the same household, are under investigation with no clear source of infection.
Two are the Soldiers Club and McDonald’s cases.
Of the three other independent cases, two are in south-west Sydney, and one is in the Blue Mountains.
Four cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
Another five cases are linked to the Crossroads Hotel, bringing that cluster to 45 people.
Another case, reported Friday afternoon, is one of three cases stemming from the Thai Rock restaurant in the Stockland Mall in Wetherill Park in Western Sydney, with July 10 being a key date.
Three cases stem from the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park.(ABC News: Lydia Feng)
There has been another case, not yet included in the official statistics, at the Planet Fitness gym in Casula, which now has six cases linked to the evening of July 8.
A record number of tests were carried out on Friday — 27,702, with almost 3,000 in the south Sydney area.
The Crossroads Hotel is due to reopen on July 18, after it was ordered to close on July 10.
“The virus doesn’t hang around if the place is cleaned and if people who were infectious are no longer there, so there’s no reason … that work can’t safely continue,” Dr McAnulty said.
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Dr McAnulty said the Thai Rock and Crossroads Hotel cases were “closely related in geography and time”, but no crossover of contacts had been confirmed yet.
It is known, however, that a number of people from the freight company linked to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak went to the Stockland Mall over the past few weeks.
NSW Health said 180 people were working on contact tracing.
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Dr McAnulty reiterated the need for people to continue social distancing, as the number of community transmissions grows and infection links remain unclear.
“The concern recently is that we have become complacent. We think it’s OK to gather around, come together, but it’s not,” he said.
“We’re still at risk. What’s happening with all these cases is we need to make sure all these measures are in place to protect us all.”
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