Urgent warning as list of Covid exposure sites in NSW grows after Melbourne family’s 1,765km road trip to Jervis Bay
The man, his wife and their two children were three of Victoria’s six new locally acquired infections recorded on Wednesday.
The family travelled from Melbourne across the NSW border to Jervis Bay, Hyams Beach, Vincentia and Goulburn while potentially infectious on May 23 and 24, before the city was plunged into lockdown on May 27.
The father suffered some symptoms on May 25, after driving back to Melbourne on May 24, and tested positive on Monday, May 31 – almost a week later.
NSW Health issued and urgent alerts for six new venues on Wednesday night including a Coles in Goulburn, a coffee shop in Gundagai, and a craft store and cafe in Huskisson.
Anyone who attended the list of venues on the NSW Health website at the times listed must immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative result for Covid.
The famous Big Merino in Goulburn was listed as one of the sites that was exposed to the virus
NEW NEW SOUTH WALES VENUES EXPOSED TO COVID
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and isolate until further information from NSW Health is received.
– Shell Coles Express Big Merino, Goulburn, May 19, 1.45pm-2.05pm
– The Coffee Pedaler, Gundagai, May 19, 9.30am-11.15am
– Green Patch campground, Boodoree National Park, Jervis Bay, 4pm May 19 – 9am May 24
– 5 Little Pigs, Huskisson, May 21, 8am-11.30am
– Huskisson Treasure Chest, May 21, 11.30am-12pm
– Coles Vincentia Shopping Centre, May 21 from 12-1pm, 22 May from 12-1pm
Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
– Gundagai Craft Centre, May 19, 11am-12pm
– Junque and Disorderly Antique Shop, 19 May, 11am-12pm
The Covid-positive family was in Jervis Bay, Goulburn, Hyams Beach and Vincentia while potentially infectious on May 23 and 24. Pictured: The venues put on alert on Tuesday
Residents who lives in Jervis Bay, Vincentia, Huskisson, Gundagai or Goulburn, or who have visited since 19 May, is asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of even the mildest of cold-like symptoms.
NSW Health urges anyone feeling unwell to come forward for testing immediately if, then isolate until a negative result is received.
So far, 243 people have been contacted by NSW Health and ordered into isolation after potentially coming into contact with the infected family.
Among the effected venues is Trappers Bakery in Goulburn, which one of the busiest pit stops in NSW and has been closed for cleaning today after the man visited on May 24.
Anyone who visited Trapper’s Bakery (pictured) on Monday May 24 between 10:30am-11.30am is urged to self-isolate and get tested immediately
The infected man – and his family – visited popular tourist destination Jervis Bay (pictured) on the NSW south coast
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock says the highly contagious nature of the variant is ‘super alarming’ and is urging locals to ‘please get tested and then isolate at home’ and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
‘We’re not used to being on high alert on the (NSW) South Coast,’ she told Sydney radio 2GB on Wednesday.
She’s concerned about the impact of an outbreak on the area’s elderly population.
‘Sometimes complacency sets in – well, here’s the wake-up call,’ she said.
The Victorian lockdown was extended for another week on Wednesday, with restrictions changed in regional Victoria but little respite for Melbourne.
Yet another aged-care facility was forced into quarantine on Wednesday as the cluster swelled to 60 cases.