3 June 2021

Updated: Goulburn, Gundagai destinations on Victorian COVID-19 tracing list

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Goulburn’s iconic Big Merino is on a list of COVID tracing sites. Photo: File

Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak has come worryingly close to home with news that four family members from Melbourne who tested positive for COVID-19 visited three Gundagai businesses and two popular Goulburn destinations last week on a road trip, as well as sites in the Shoalhaven.

It was revealed late on Wednesday (2 June) that three household contacts of the original case reported on Tuesday (1 June) had also tested positive after visiting The Coffee Pedaler, Gundagai Craft Centre and Junque and Disorderly Antique Shop in Gundagai.

The family member who first tested positive had also visited the Big Merino and Trappers Bakery in Goulburn, both frequent stopping points for locals and travellers along the Hume Highway, as well as locations in Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach and Vincentia.

The critical locations are as follows:

  • The Coffee Pedaler, Gundagai – 9:30 am to 11:15 am, Wednesday, 19 May.
  • Gundagai Craft Centre, Gundagai – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wednesday, 19 May.
  • Junque and Disorderly Antique Shop, Gundagai – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wednesday, 19 May.
  • Shell Coles Express Big Merino, Goulburn – 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Monday, 24 May.
  • Trapper’s Bakery, Sowerby Street, Goulburn – 10:30 am to 11:.30 am, Monday, 24 May.
  • Crooked Goose Cafe (formerly Hyams Beach Cafe), 76 Cyrus Street, Hyams Beach – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Sunday, 23 May.
  • Green Patch campground, Booderee National Park, Village Bay Road, Jervis Bay – all day Sunday, 23 May, and 9:00 am, Monday, 24 May.
  • Coles Vincentia Shopping Village, 21 The Wool Road, Vincentia – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Sunday, 23 May.

NSW Health is continuing to investigate the movements of these cases in southern NSW, and the list of venues may be updated.

NSW Health is in the process of increasing testing capacity in the area, including a drive-through pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Gundagai and Goulburn.

On Wednesday, 236 people came forward for testing at Goulburn Base Hospital, 200 at Goulburn Laverty Pathology and more than 90 at Capital Pathology Goulburn.

New testing locations include:

  • Goulburn Laverty Pathology drive-through clinic – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Gundagai Visitor Information Centre pop-up clinic – 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

NSW Health says anyone who lives in Jervis Bay, Gundagai or Goulburn, or has visited these areas since 19 May, is asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of even the mildest of cold-like symptoms, and is urged to come forward for testing immediately if they appear, then isolate until a negative result is received. Additionally, anyone who has recently had symptoms should also get tested.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest testing clinic, visit NSW COVID-19 or contact your GP.

ACT residents who visited the sites listed have been asked to contact ACT Health by calling 02 5124 6209 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. Residents must get tested and isolate until they receive further instructions.

It’s understood that the Melbourne family visited the area while potentially infectious but before displaying symptoms. They drove back to Melbourne last Monday and a male family member returned a positive test for COVID-19 on Tuesday after feeling unwell. Then on Wednesday, three household contacts of the original case also tested positive.

It’s possible that the list of exposure sites could grow as contact tracers work to establish the person’s exact route. The trip took place before Victoria was locked down on Thursday afternoon.

There are now 67 active COVID-19 cases in Victoria, and four aged care facilities are in complete lockdown.

It’s the state’s fourth lockdown and on Wednesday, the Victorian Government announced restrictions would be extended for a further week from Thursday.

More than 320 exposure sites have been identified and it’s believed that the COVID-19 strain responsible for the current outbreak may be one of the highly contagious recently identified variants.

Original Article published by Genevieve Jacobs on The RiotACT.

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