30 August 2021

COVID case in Googong, exposure site in Sutton

| Kim Treasure
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Deputy Premier John Barilaro

Deputy Premier John Barilaro briefs regional media. Photo: Kim Treasure.

Contact tracers are working to establish the source of a COVID-19 infection in Googong.

Late this afternoon (Monday, 30 August), Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) said it had been notified of a COVID-19 case in Googong, and a new venue of concern in Sutton.

The source of the Googong infection has not yet been identified. Contact tracing and investigations are ongoing. A small number of close contacts have been instructed to get tested and isolate.

The new venue of concern in Sutton is associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 from the ACT. The person visited The Baker, at 1 Victoria Street, Sutton, while infectious between 7:20 am and 7:35 am on Wednesday 25 August and 7:00 am and 8:00 am on Thursday 26 August.

Anyone who was at the bakery during these times should contact the public health team on 1300 066 055 and get tested and isolate.

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Health authorities are urging everyone in the area to be alert for any cold-like symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever. If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

A pop up drive through testing clinic will be run in Heazlett Street, Googong (enter via Rosa Street) on Tuesday, 31 August, and Wednesday, 1 September, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Walk-in vaccination clinics are due to open in Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Batemans Bay and Cooma over the next fortnight to boost rates in those regions.

Anyone aged 18 or over can attend the clinics without a booking and receive an AstraZeneca vaccine.

All clinics will open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm:

  • Queanbeyan, Morriset House, Morriset St. From 2 to 4 September.
  • Goulburn, Old RTA building, Bourke St. From 5 to 7 September.
  • Batemans Bay, Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd. From 9 to 11 September.
  • Cooma, Multi-Function Centre, 10 Boundary Street. From 12 to 14 September.

In his daily briefing to regional journalists this afternoon, Deputy Premier John Barilaro said both Cooma and Merimbula remained areas of concern after fragments of the COVID virus were found in both local sewage systems for the second time in 48 hours. Fragments have also been found in the Goulburn sewage but there are currently three previously reported active cases there.

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So far the source of the fragments in Merimbula and Cooma has not been established.

Mr Barilaro said 70 percent of eligible people in the Bega region had now received their first vaccination, and 40.2 percent were fully vaccinated.

NSW recorded 1290 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00 pm Sunday night and the first death in regional NSW – an elderly man in Dubbo.


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