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What you need to know about the COVID-19 cases at Port Stephens

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There have been three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the Hunter New England Local Health District. 

NSW Health confirmed that there is a child under 2-years-old, a child under 10-years-old and a man in his 30s - all are close contacts of a Port Stephens man in his 60s who was confirmed to have contracted the virus after a man in his 20s visited him from Sydney. 

That case is connected to the Thai Rock Restaurant cluster in Sydney. 

Have you been here?

HNELHD is urging anyone who visited the following locations to be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested immediately should any respiratory symptoms or fever occur:
- Salamander Bay Square Woolworths on 17 July between 2.30pm to closing time, 18 July between 4pm to closing time, 19 July between 12.45pm to closing time, and 20 July between 3pm to closing time.
- The Fingal Bay Café and Takeaway (4 Market Street) 17 July between 11.30am – 12 midday.

The Woolworths store has been deep cleaned overnight with extra attention to touch points. The Café has also been thoroughly cleaned and there is no ongoing risk to the community at this venue.

In addition the child under 10 with confirmed COVID-19, also visited the Don Waring Oval on 19 July between 8.15am – 10am.

The child participated in the home team Nelson Bay Blue Marlins under 9’s match against the Newcastle City Sky Blues. The child’s team mates are considered close contacts and are being notified and will be required to isolate for 14 days. The opposing team, and others present at the oval are asked to be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested immediately should any respiratory symptoms or fever occur.

Dr David Durrheim, Public Health Controller for HNELHD’s COVID-19 response said that Hunter New England Health is still working to identify any further contacts or venues visited by these new cases, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

“If you were at the Salamander Bay Village Woolworths on 17, 18, 19 or 20 July, or Fingal Bay Café on 17 July, you may be at risk of infection and you must be tested for COVID-19 even if you have the mildest of respiratory symptoms."

“It is vital people continue to present for testing if experiencing symptoms to limit the spread of the virus."

“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,” he said.

Deep cleaning is underway

The child under 10 attended Tomaree Public School, and the child under two attended the Goodstart Early Learning Centre at Anna Bay this week. The child care centre, school, and the co-located Tomaree High School have been closed and deep cleaning is underway.

All close contacts of the children will be notified and required to isolate for 14 days.

More testing clinics

HNELHD will open an additional COVID-19 testing clinic in Tomaree later today at the Tomaree Sports Complex (20 Aquatic Close, Nelson Bay).

The three lane drive through clinic will then operate 8am-4pm seven days, however hours will be extended as required to meet demand.

To make an appointment for the HNE Health Tomaree Drive Through Clinic or Tomaree Community Hospital Clinic, please call 4964 7497 between 8am-4pm.

“We are experiencing a very high volume of calls so please be patient when calling to book an appointment. If the clinic you are hoping to visit is busy, you can find other local options by visiting the NSW Health website or your GP,” Dr Durrheim said.

The Laverty Pathology COVID-19 Clinic also continues to be available at Tomaree Community Hospital from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please visit your GP for a pathology referral prior to attending this clinic."

“This additional clinic increases our testing capability significantly. We are currently seeing between 300-400 people at our hospital clinic, with the on-site Laverty Clinic experiencing similar numbers. We anticipate this same amount again will attend the Drive Through each day,” said Dr Durrheim.

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