Coronavirus Australia: Urgent alert for 28 new Sydney exposure sites including Bunnings, Woolworths

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A new list of 28 Covid exposure sites across Sydney has been revealed, as health officials admit a Woolworths all the way in Dubbo was listed by mistake. 

The alert comes as New South Wales recorded 97 new cases on Wednesday, with 31 circulating in the community while infectious. 

In response to the alarming number of cases not in isolation, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced Greater Sydney’s lockdown would be extended by two weeks until July 10. 

Among the concerning new venues are seven Woolworths stores across the city, a Coles, post office, and two medical centres that were all visited by an infected person. 

Four of the sites are Tier one, meaning anyone who visited at the times of concerns are considered close contacts and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days – regardless of the result.

They include Fairfield’s Sunshine One on Friday 9 July (10.40am to 11.40am), Cabramatta Medical and Dental Clinic on Tuesday 13 July (10.30am to 11.30am) and nearby True Scan Radiology later on the same day (11am to 1pm).

Meanwhile, Redfern’s Strawberry Hills Post Shop, in the city’s inner-west, was impacted on Thursday 8 July from 1pm to 2.30pm.   

The other 24 casual contact sites include Bonnyrigg Bunnings, and supermarkets in Fairfield Heights, Waterloo, Merrylands, Fairfield, Riverwood, and Wetherill Park.

A service station at Hay in the Riverina region has also shut for deep cleaning.

Ms Berejiklian said on Wednesday that an extension to lockdown provisions was inevitable given the extent of COVID-19 spread in the community. 

The stay-at-home provisions were scheduled to end on Friday but will now remain in place until at least July 30.

It means more than five million people will endure at least five weeks of lockdown. Restriction settings across regional NSW remain unchanged.

The state’s schools will also continue with online learning.

It comes after the state and federal governments on Tuesday revealed an extensive financial support package.

The state government expanded a business grants program and will cut or defer payroll taxes for most companies, while workers who have lost eight or more hours a week due to lockdowns will be able to apply for up to $600 per week in federal support.

The increase in workers’ payments kicks in once a lockdown exceeds 21 days. 

But the new financial support measures would help people avoid unnecessarily leaving home.

‘We want to see this lockdown end in a timely way but no matter how long we need, we will have that support for businesses and individuals,’ Ms Berejiklian told reporters.

‘The financial support measures in place are to prevent people from leaving home but we know that there is (still) essential work carried out.’

The National Retail Association said the cost of the five week lockdown would reach $5 billion.

There are currently 20 COVID-19 patients in NSW in intensive care, with four ventilated.

Ms Berejiklian said the lockdown could end on July 30 as scheduled if all residents stay at home, but the modelling could not “predict what proportion of our population will stick to the rules”.

Meanwhile, thousands of essential workers in the city’s southwest are struggling to get mandatory COVID-19 tests, with some waiting up to six hours.

People in the Fairfield local government area were on Tuesday stuck in their cars, with queues stretching for kilometres to get tested at a showground.

It came after the state government announced new restrictions for essential workers who must now get tested every three days if they work outside the area.

Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone said the new rules created bedlam at testing sites in the area.

‘These are people that want to get tested, these are doctors and nurses, people that help our community, they work far and wide and these are essential workers,’ Mr Carbone told the Nine Network.

‘The mandated plan … was very badly thought out.’

People with COVID symptoms who wanted to get tested but could not afford to wait six hours in a queue had gone home, Mr Carbone said.

NSW Health has responded by expanding the number of 24/7 testing sites across the Fairfield LGA and extending hours at other sites.

Ms Berejiklian said that asymptomatic essential workers could attend COVID-19 testing clinics near their workplaces in order to ease pressure on Fairfield’s testing facilities.

Anyone from Greater Sydney travelling to the regions for work must be tested weekly, but these workers have until Saturday before the order is policed.

Two people have died – a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s – taking the NSW tally to 58 and the national death toll to 912 since the pandemic began last year. 

Latest Covid exposure sites in NSW 

Anyone who attended the following venue at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days.  

Redfern Strawberry Hills Post Shop 219-241 Cleveland Street. Thursday 8 July 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Fairfield Sunshine One Neeta City Shopping Centre, 46 Smart Street. Friday 9 July 10:40am to 11:10am

Cabramatta TrueScan Radiology 59 Hill Street Tuesday 13 July 11:00am to 1:00pm

Cabramatta Medical and Dental Clinic 201 Railway Parade. Tuesday 13 July 10:30am to 11:30am

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Rosebery Valentino Place residential apartment complex 1, 5, 9 Rothschild Avenue; 2, 4, 6, Spring Street and 2, 4 Stedman Street. Thursday 8 July – All day. Friday 9 July – All day. Saturday 10 July – All day. Sunday 11 July – All day. Monday 12 July – All day

Merrylands Sadaqat Supermarket 6 Memorial Avenue. Thursday 8 July 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Hurstville Adam’s Kebabs and Pizza-Pide 3/183B Forest Road. Friday 9 July 2:00am to 2:20am

North Rocks Coles North Rocks 318-336 N Rocks Road. Friday 9 July 10:00am to 10:40am

Fairfield Heights 7-Eleven 234 Hamilton Road and The Boulevarde. Friday 9 July 10:15am to 10:30am

Fairfield Red Lea Chicken Neeta City Shopping Centre, 30-31 Smart Street. Friday 9 July 10:15am to 10:30am

Bonnyrigg Bunnings 1/9 Bonnyrigg Avenue. Friday 9 July 10:45am to 12:00pm

Fairfield Heights Woolworths Fairfield Heights Shopping Mall, 186 The Boulevarde Friday 9 July 11:10am to 11:40am. Saturday 10 July 9:35pm to 10:00pm. Sunday 11 July 8:00pm to 8:25pm

Waterloo Aldi Waterloo 20A Danks Street. Saturday 10 July 9:30am to 10:00am

Hurstville Starbucks Westfield Hurstville Westfield, Cross Street Wednesday 7 July 8:00am to 8:10am. Saturday 10 July 12:00pm to 12:05pm. Sunday 11 July 12:10pm to 12:15pm

Fairfield Coles Fairfield Forum, 8-36 Station Street Saturday 10 July 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Merrylands Woolworths 209 Pitt Street Saturday 10 July 2:15pm to 3:45pm

Fairfield Fruitmania Fairfield Forum, 8-36 Station Street Saturday 10 July 3:00 to 4:00pm

Fairfield Meat Market Fairfield Forum, 8-36 Station Street Saturday 10 July 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Wetherill Park Woolworths 561-583 Polding Street Saturday 10 July 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Punchbowl Ampol Foodary 1285-1289 Canterbury Road and Duncan Street Monday 12 July 4:20pm to 4:35pm  

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must monitor for symptoms and if they occur get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. 

Barangaroo Bourke Street Bakery Barangaroo 4/23 Barangaroo Avenue Tuesday 6 July 1:20pm to 1:35pm

Yagoona 5 Stars Nuts Supermarket 516-526 Hume Highway Saturday 10 July 5:00 to 5:30pm

Bondi Junction BWS Westfield Shopping Centre, 530 Oxford Street Saturday 10 July 3:45pm to 3:50pm

Rosebery Woolworths Metro 32 Confectioners Way Saturday 10 July 9:00am to 9:30am

Riverwood Woolworths 247 Belmore Road. Friday 9 July 3:30pm to 4:10pm

Panania Butcher’s Pantry 88 Anderson Ave Panania NSW 2213 Friday 9 July 2:25pm to 2:35pm

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