Wollongong resident tests positive to COVID, venue alerts issued

Wollongong resident tests positive to COVID, venue alerts issued

A Wollongong person who had travelled overseas has returned a positive COVID-19 test after being released from hotel quarantine, NSW Health revealed tonight.

NSW Health is carrying out precautionary public health follow-up in relation to the person who tested positive to COVID-19 on day 16 after being released from hotel quarantine on day 14. The person returned two negative tests during their quarantine period.

The person did not have any symptoms but underwent testing as part of the recently enhanced day-16 follow-up. As an additional precautionary measure, NSW Health has introduced symptom checking and day-16 COVID-19 tests for overseas travellers who have been released from hotel quarantine.

NSW Health said Test results indicate that the person has a low level of infection and their household contacts have returned negative results to date.

It said investigations to date suggest the infection was likely acquired overseas and there is no indication at this stage that there was transmission in the hotel quarantine setting.

Close contacts of the case not associated with venues have been identified and are already in self isolation.

The person visited a number of venues in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra and surrounding areas, as well as a café in Brighton Le Sands in south-eastern Sydney, before they were notified of the positive result from their day-16 test.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed below should immediately get tested and self-isolate until further advice from NSW Health:

  • Headlands Hotel, Headland Ave and Yuruga St, Austinmer: Tuesday 2 February 1pm - 3pm
  • Bulli Beach Café, 68 Trinity Row, Bulli: Saturday 6 February 1.30pm - 4pm

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed below is a casual contact who must get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. If any symptoms appear, get tested again:

  • Mootch & Me, 313 Bay St, Brighton Le Sands: Tuesday 2 February 10.54am - 12pm
  • Optus North Wollongong, 17 Flinders St, North Wollongong: Thursday 4 February 1pm - 1.15pm
  • Fairy Meadow - Officeworks, 145 Princes Highway - Thursday 4 February, 3.45pm - 4.05pm and Friday 5 February, *2:10pm - 3.10pm* (Originally the time listed for Friday by NSW Health was 3pm - 3.25pm. This is incorrect and has now amended by NSW Health.)

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed below should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms appear, please get tested:

  • Woolworths, 5-9 Molloy St, Bulli: Wednesday 3 February 9.50am - 10.50am (Originally the time listed by NSW Health was 9.15am - 10am. This is incorrect and has now been amended by NSW Health.)
  • Corrimal Memorial Park, Wilga St, Corrimal: Wednesday 3 February 12pm - 1pm
  • Thirroul Beach: Wednesday 3 February 3pm - 4.30pm
  • Sublime Point Walking Track, 661 Princes Hwy, Madden Plains: Thursday 4 February 8.30am - 10am
  • Figtree Grove Shopping Centre (in particular Australia Post, Kmart, Blooms The Chemist and Subway), 19 Princes Hwy, Figtree: Thursday 4 February 2pm - 3.30pm
  • Fedora Pasta Factory, 10 Daisy St, Fairy Meadow: Friday 5 February 3.30pm - 3.35pm

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit the testing clinics webpage or contact your GP.

NSW Health continues to urge anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice, is available on NSW Government - Latest news and updates.

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