7 January 2021

Southern NSW increases testing while South Coast venues are on alert

| Hannah Sparks
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Authorities urge anyone with symptoms to get tested after positive cases visited local businesses. Photo: Magdiel Lagos.

Southern NSW has maintained its 80-day record of zero locally acquired cases of COVID-19 despite increased testing.

The last person to acquire the virus locally was in Goulburn Mulwaree on 19 October. Since then, all positive cases of COVID-19 were found to have been acquired overseas.

More than 2300 people have been tested in the region since 1 January . This came after NSW Health issued a warning on New Year’s Day that two positive cases had visited two businesses in the region.

The two cases travelled into NSW from Victoria and visited the Great Southern Hotel in Eden between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm on Wednesday, 30 December and Bermi’s Beachside Cafe in Bermagui between 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Thursday, 31 December.

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Anyone who visited those venues at the mentioned times should get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health.

“We are thankful for the high testing numbers and the cooperation of close and casual contacts in our region,” said the director of Southern NSW Local Health District’s Public Health Unit, Tracey Oakman.

“Everyone has a part to play to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. While we are pleased with the testing numbers, we need to stay extra vigilant.”

This warning comes after NSW Health issued another alert yesterday (6 January) for businesses in Kangaroo Valley and Huskisson that were visited by a positive case.

Anyone who attended the Nostalgia Factor Shop in Kangaroo Valley between 11:20 am and 11:30 am on Sunday, 27 December and the Taj Indian Restaurant in Huskisson between 4:45 pm and 5:20 pm on the same day should monitor for symptoms.

If you visited those businesses and have occurring symptoms, the advice is to get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

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Looking across the state, there were four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 yesterday. Three were linked to the Berala and Avalon clusters while NSW Health is investigating how a man in his 30s from western Sydney tested positive.

Testing clinics are continuing to operate at Goulburn Hospital, Crookwell Hospital, Yass Hospital, Queanbeyan Hospital, Lighthouse Surgery in Narooma, Moruya Hospital, South East Regional Hospital, Pambula Hospital, Katungul Mobile Respiratory Clinic in Eden, Cooma Hospital, Bombala Multi-Purpose Service and Jindabyne HealthOne.

The local health district has reminded everyone that they can get tested without pre-registering.

Symptoms can include a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit NSW Health.

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