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Staff at Wollongong hospital urgently told to get tested for Covid and isolate

Staff at a major NSW hospital have been issued with an urgent coronavirus alert as a convenience store popular with workers was exposed. 

Wollongong Hospital staff have been told they need they must get immediately get tested for Covid and isolate if they visited a nearby 7-Eleven store.  

‘URGENT: If anyone went to the 7/11 near the hospital on July 6 or July 7 between the hours of 7.30am and 2pm you need to have a Covid test and self-isolate until a negative result is obtained,’ a message sent to staff on Friday reads.

‘This must be done ASAP. Thank you.’ 

The 7-Eleven store in Wollongong is expected to be added to the NSW Health venue exposure list on Friday night. 

Workers at Wollongong Hospital (pictured) have been told they need to urgently get tested for Covid if they visited a nearby convenience store popular with those on long shifts 

A raft of new venues have already been revealed as Covid exposure sites in Sydney on Friday including a number of supermarkets, a busy pharmacy, and a popular fast food restaurant.  

The state recorded 97 new local virus cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with at least 46 out in the community for part or all of their infectious period.

Five venues have been added to the list of close contact sites including the IKEA at Marsden Park where an infected staff member worked on July 12 and 13.

The Woolworths at Lennox Shopping Centre in Emu Plains, and a Coles in Hurstville were also visited by a confirmed case. 

A worker at a Lakemba butcher has also tested positive for Covid and worked his shift on July 10 and July 11. 

While another positive case attended the Service NSW office at Liverpool in south-west Sydney on July 12 from 10am to 10.30am. 

Anyone who was at these sites when a confirmed Covid case was also present must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result. 

A number of casual contact exposure sites were also revealed on Friday night by health officials including a KFC at Fairfield where a staff member worked on June 25 and June 26.

Fairfield is one of the most concerning areas for authorities with essential workers in the LGA being told they must be tested for the virus every three days. 

Hanson Concrete at Greenacre is also a venue of concern with a Covid infected worker working for seven straight full days from July 1 to July 7 while contagious. 

The vast majority of NSW cases on Friday were in the Fairfield council area, in the city's south west (pictured: workers in Sydney in masks on Friday)

The vast majority of NSW cases on Friday were in the Fairfield council area, in the city’s south west (pictured: workers in Sydney in masks on Friday) 

Coles supermarkets at Hurstville and Fairfield have also been listed as casual contact exposure sites. 

Anyone who visited these sites when a case was also present must immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result. 

Confirmed Covid cases also recently visited as number of locations in Sydney’s east where the current outbreak first began in mid-June. 

The Chemist Warehouse and the Coles at Bondi Junction were visited by a person with Covid on July 14.

While in Coogee two supermarkets have also been exposed – the Woolworths Metro at Coogee Bay Village and Maloney’s Grocer both on July 12.  

NEW EXPOSURE SITES IN NSW

Anyone who was at the following venues at these times is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result. 

Woolworths Lennox Shopping Centre at Emu Plains on July 10 from 4pm to 4.45pm

Service NSW at Liverpool on July 12 from 10am to 10.30am

Al Sultan Butchery at Lakemba on July 10 from 9am to 8pm and July 11 from 1.30pm to 8pm

Coles at Hurstville on July 10 from 11.40am to 12.30pm and July 12 from 9.15am to 6.15pm

IKEA at Marsden Park on July 12 from 12pm to 7.30pm and July 13 from 12pm to 4pm 

Anyone who was at the following venues at these times is considered a casual contact and should immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

KFC at Fairfield on June 25 from 3.30pm to 11pm and June 26 from 3.30pm to 11pm

Hanson Concrete at Greenacre on July 1 through to July 7 for the whole day each day

KFC at Fairfield on July 6 from 3pm to 9pm, on July 10 from 3.30pm to 11.30pm and July 11 from 9am to 8.30pm 

Costco Wholesale at Casula on July 7 from 12.50pm to 4pm

Hungry Jacks at East Greenacre on July 8 from 7.40pm to 8.10pm

Coles at Hurstville on July 8 from 9.15am to 4pm and July 13 from 10am to 3pm

Tobacconist and Gifts at Canley Heights on July 11 from 9am to 9.15am

BP at Bellfield on July 11 from 12.25pm to 12.45pm 

I-Juice Plus at Lakemba on July 11 from 4.25pm to 4.40pm

Coles Fairfield Forum on July 11 from 3.30pm to 3.45pm

BWS at Fairfield Neeta City on July 11 from 6pm to 6.10pm

7-Eleven at Prairiewood on July 13 from 7.45am to 7.50am 

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must monitor for symptoms and if they appear get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. 

Wolli Creek Woolworths on July 8 from 1pm to 1.40pm

Casula Costco Wholesale on July 9 from 1.35pm to 2.10pm

Hurstville Woolworths on July 12 from 3.05pm to 3.25pm

Coogee Maloney’s Grocer on July 12 from 5.35pm – 6pm

Coogee Woolworths Metro Coogee Bay Village on July 12 from 5.40pm to 6pm

Hurstville Coles on July 12 from 3.35pm – 3.45pm Tuesday 13 July 3.25pm – 3.35pm Wednesday 14 July 10.30am – 11am

Revesby West Metro Petrol 10-12 Milperra Road Tuesday 13 July 5.30pm – 5.40pm

Hurstville Station Meat Westfield Hurstville, 12/225 Forest Rd Wednesday 14 July 10am – 10.20am

Bondi Junction Chemist Warehouse 133-135 Oxford St Wednesday 14 July 8am – 8.30am

Bondi Junction Coles 500 Oxford Street Wednesday 14 July 8am – 8.30am

Sydney’s outbreak of the Delta Covid strain is not yet under control despite three weeks of lockdown and cases dipping under 100 four days in a row. 

A graph of all the new cases over the past week and the updated daily averages illustrates that infections are still on the rise.

And the infection rate has seen Australian Medical Association Omar Khorshid claim NSW will need to go harder – or face an ‘indefinite’ lockdown. 

This is despite the number of new daily cases appearing to peak on July 12 at 112, with cases hovering between 65 and 97 in the four days since.  

A graph of all the new cases over the past week and the updated daily averages illustrates that infections are still on the rise

A graph of all the new cases over the past week and the updated daily averages illustrates that infections are still on the rise

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has repeatedly said numbers will continue to ‘bounce around’ as contact tracers work to stay on top of the virus’ spread.

However, she ominously said she would use tougher restrictions should the case rate continue to remain stubbornly high, she would impose tighter restrictions. 

‘If Kerry Chant says we need to introduce to reduce mobility that is what we will do,’ she said. 

But with the daily average increasing by about 10 each day over the last week alone, it’s clear to see that authorities are struggling to keep up.  

Sydney's outbreak of the Delta Covid strain is not yet under control despite three weeks of lockdown and daily cases dropping under 100. Pictured: People exercising in Rushcutters Bay

Sydney’s outbreak of the Delta Covid strain is not yet under control despite three weeks of lockdown and daily cases dropping under 100. Pictured: People exercising in Rushcutters Bay

 It’s unlikely Ms Berejiklian and chief health officer Kerry Chant will even consider easing Sydney’s lockdown until these figures stabilise and drop.

Sydney has been in lockdown for three weeks and the premier has already announced a two-week extension – but there are concerns stay-at-home orders will remain in place well beyond the expected date. 

On Friday, New South Wales recorded a further 97 cases with 29 in the community for their entire infectious period.

Ms Berejiklian said that critical second number needs to be as close to zero as possible in order for the lockdown to end. 

While the number is still below this week’s peak, which occurred on Monday, Ms Berejiklian still expressed concerns that contact tracers still weren’t on top of the outbreak.

More than 77,000 people got tested for Covid overnight. The key to ending lockdown is still vaccination. Pictured: A vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park

More than 77,000 people got tested for Covid overnight. The key to ending lockdown is still vaccination. Pictured: A vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park

‘Please know that every time Dr Chant gives us proposals, we act within hours as we did,’ she said.

‘We will take whatever decision is required to have this lockdown go for as short shorter period as possible.’

Professor Emma McBryde, a disease modeller at James Cook University, said Sydney’s best case scenario is the lockdown will lift in about three to four weeks’ time – probably the latter.

Prof. McBryde said the Delta variant of the virus shows no signs of abating in Sydney and case numbers will continue to rise for at least a few days.

Authorities will then have to determine when the virus has peaked ‘and then you have to start chasing those numbers down to zero’.

‘Probably four weeks from now, would be a minimum,’ she said – or about August 9. Even then, the restrictions will ease only slowly.

The Burnet Institute’s Professor Mark Stoové has warned there was a two week lag between Victoria introducing harsh Stage Four restrictions and case numbers finally falling.

Melbourne’s strict lockdown successfully brought the virus to heel but went further than Sydney’s current suite of restrictions.

There have been complaints that Sydney's lockdown is too lax (pictured Bondi on Friday)

There have been complaints that Sydney’s lockdown is too lax (pictured Bondi on Friday) 

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