Venues closed after confirmed COVID-19 case

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Hunter New England Local Health District is urging anyone who visited two venues in Newcastle late last week to strictly isolate at home for 14 days and be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms.

This follows confirmation of a confirmed Sydney case, who visited Hotel Jesmond on Wednesday 29 July between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and Wallsend Diggers on Thursday 30 July between 7.30pm and 9.30pm while infectious.

Hunter New England Health is in contact with the management of the two venues to identify patrons who attended at these times.

The venues will be deep cleaned overnight with extra attention to touch points.

Hunter New England Health’s Public Health Controller David Durrheim warned people who attended either venue to be on the lookout for symptoms and stressed the importance of home isolation.

“This action is vital to limit the spread of the virus,” he 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.”

Those wishing to be tested can organise a swab via their GP or by attending their nearest COVID-19 clinic.

The drive through clinic at the University of Newcastle continues to operate 8am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday for those who need testing.

Call 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment, prior to attending.

Testing is also available through 4Cyte Pathology’s COVID-19 clinic at Central Church (290 Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay).

The clinic operates between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 11am on Saturdays.

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