Newcastle on high alert after two confirmed COVID-19 cases


Following the confirmation of two new cases in Newcastle, Hunter New England Health’s Public Health Unit has revised its advice regarding locations linked to the cases.

This morning a male in his 20s was confirmed as having COVID-19, he was a close contact of the teenager announced yesterday. The District is continuing to investigate the source of that case’s infection.

Anyone who attended the following venues at the specified times has been urged to immediately self-isolate and seek testing:

  • Bennett Hotel, Hamilton – Friday 31 July, from 5.30pm to 10.00pm
  • Bar 88, Wests New Lambton – Sunday 2 August, from 5.00pm to 7.15pm
  • Sydney Junction Hotel, Hamilton – Saturday 1 August, from 11pm midnight to 1.15am Sunday 2 August

The venues have been notified and are undergoing cleaning and contact tracing is underway.

Hunter New England Health also urges any patrons who visited the following venues at the times specified to be alert for symptoms, and if any develop to get tested and self-isolate immediately:

  • Greenroof Bar and Restaurant, Hamilton – Friday 31 July, from 10.30pm to 12.15 midnight
  • Sushi Revolution, Hamilton on Saturday 1 August, from 12noon to 12.45pm
  • Queens Wharf Hotel – Saturday 1 August from 9.30pm to 11.00pm
  • McDonald Jones Stadium – Sunday 2 August, 7:30pm to end of game, Newcastle Jets match

The above public health recommendations followed a rigorous contact tracing process where which enabled Hunter New England Health to determine if there was a chance other individuals may have been infected with the virus.

Hunter New England Health’s Public Health Controller for the COVID-19 response, Dr Kat Taylor said that the district was still working to identify any further contacts or venues visited by both individuals, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

“It is vital people in the community continue to present for testing if experiencing symptoms to limit the spread of the virus,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing, coughing or sneezing into their elbow, and regularly washing their hands.”

With the identification of additional cases in the Newcastle area, the district is expecting an increase in the demand for testing.

“To ensure we can best serve the community during this time, we have enhanced our local testing capability,” Dr Taylor said.

“In addition to expanding our call centre capacity and the number of phone lines available to improve booking wait times, we will extend hours and capacity at a number of local clinics.

“However, please be patient if visiting a clinic or calling for a booking. We have thousands of testing opportunities throughout the course of today and will see people as quickly as possible.”

For a complete list of COVID-19 testing clinics and booking details, please visit the NSW Health website.

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