Ten public health alerts issued in Sydney including Ripples restaurant at Milsons Point

Ten public health alerts issued in Sydney including Ripples restaurant at Milsons Point

NSW Health has issued 10 public health alerts after confirmed cases of COVID-19 visited a number of venues and businesses including the Ripples restaurant at Milsons Point.

It comes after three new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in South West Sydney yesterday, all three of which are still under investigation with contact tracing underway.

Since then the state has reported five more locally acquired confirmed cases of COVID-19, plus four new cases in hotel quarantine.

One confirmed case attended Ripples restaurant in Milsons Point on Saturday 3 October from 8pm to 10.30pm.

NSW Health said the details of a small number of walk-in diners in the restaurant during this time were not recorded.

All diners who were in this restaurant at that time are considered close contacts and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, and stay isolated for the entire period even if a negative test result is received.

People who attended the Fitness First Carlingford Pilates Class on Saturday 3 October from 8.15am to 9.15am are also considered close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case.

They must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, and stay isolated for the entire period, even if a negative test result is received. NSW Health is directly contacting those who attended.

NSW Health also advises anyone who attended the Mazda Artarmon repair centre on Campbell Street between 7.30am and 9.30am on Friday 2 October are considered casual contacts and should immediately isolate and get tested if they develop the slightest symptoms of COVID-19.

Authorities are also assessing potential exposure to COVID-19 of people who attended several other venues.

Anyone who attended the following venues is considered casual contacts and should immediately isolate and get tested even if they develop the slightest symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Friday 2 October: Kmart, Narellan Town Centre, Narellan 6pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 3 October: Fitness First, Carlingford (all attendees other than those in the pilates class notified above): 8am to 9:15am
  • Sunday 4 October: Penrith Homemaker Centre, Penrith 11am to 1pm
  • Sunday 4 October: Guzman y Gomez, Penrith 1.30pm to 2pm
  • Sunday 4 October: Home Co, Penrith 2pm to 2.30pm
  • Monday 5 October: Westfield Parramatta 9.30am to 11am
  • Monday 5 October: Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Castle Hill 12pm to 1pm

The state government also says its sewage surveillance program detected fragments of the virus at the North Richmond and West Camden treatment plants.

NSW Health said testing numbers have dropped recently which is of concern.

"NSW Health renews its call for increased testing across Sydney, even if you have the mildest of symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19," said NSW Health.

The confirmation of three new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in NSW could put its border opening date with Queensland in jeopardy.

Queensland is set to open to NSW on 1 November on the condition that no unlinked community transmission of COVID-19 is detected in NSW for 28 days prior.

The Queensland border will remain closed to Victoria until community transmission is under control.

UPDATE: According to NSW Health a known case travelled on a train on Saturday, 3 October that left Parramatta station at 7:13pm and arrived at Milsons Point station at 8:04pm. Anyone who caught the train at this time is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop.

Updated at 9.37am AEDT on 8 October 2020.

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