Urgent alert for a Woolworths, major regional train station and entire shopping centre in NSW as new Covid exposure sites are released
- Woolworths, train station and shopping plaza among NSW exposure sites
- Fitness Focus in Dubbo has been listed as high-risk exposure site on August 9
- Wyong Train Station and Woolworths also confirmed as being visited by virus
- NSW obliterated its record with 466 coronavirus cases on Saturday
A Woolworths, major regional train station and a shopping plaza have been added to a growing list of exposure sites dotted across NSW.
NSW Health has flagged several sites that were visited by Covid-19 cases in the state’s regional suburbs in recent days.
Residents who exercised at Fitness Focus in Dubbo – specifically the gymnastics area – on Monday August 9 from 3.53pm to 5.50pm have been advised to get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days regardless of results.
On the state’s worst day during the pandemic so far, Deputy Premier John Barilaro said on Twitter the stay-at-home orders would be introduced on Saturday for all of regional NSW.
Dubbo residents (pictured) are asked to follow stay-at-home orders as positive cases grow
The Deepwater Plaza in Woy Woy, on the Central Coast, was exposed to the virus on August 11 from 11:40am to 12:20pm
Regional New South Wales Exposure Sites
Anyone in attendance at the following venues at the following times must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:
Dubbo – Fitness Focus – Monday August 9 from 3.53pm to 5.50pm
Woy Woy – Deepwater Plaza – Wednesday August 11 from 11:40am to 12:20pm
Woy Woy – Woolworths – Sunday August 8 from 1:10pm to 1:55pm
Wyong – Train Station – Tuesday August 31 from 11.30am to 11.55am
‘To minimise movement and protect our communities from the evolving Covid situation in Sydney, stay-at-home orders will be introduced for all of Regional NSW from 5pm tonight.’
After recording more than 2000 fresh cases in the past week, Saturday’s number has set a new record for case numbers in NSW.
The four deaths were a woman in her 40s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s, and a man in his 80s.
This brings the number of coronavirus-related deaths to 43 during the current outbreak, with NSW recording 99 overall.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the situation as an ‘extremely concerning situation’ and told reporters on Saturday morning travel restrictions would be tightened in greater Sydney effective from Monday.
‘You can do activity within your local government area but instead of 10km from your home, it will be 5km from your home and that’s for all of greater Sydney,’ she said.
The police presence will also ramp up in affected LGAs, with officers able to impose larger fines of $5000 for breaching public health orders.
‘There will be a visible and increased police presence in the affected local government areas including deployment of specialised commands, and including the riot squad, highway patrol, and increased presence more broadly,’ Ms Berejiklian said.
The Wyong train station has also been added to NSW’s growing list of exposure sites
An additional 500 ADF personnel will be deployed on top of 300 already in NSW.
Also from next week, people in Greater Sydney will need a permit to travel to regional NSW while single people in affected LGAs will need to register their ‘single buddies’.
Ms Berejiklian told reporters people leaving their house for exercise had to be either actively exercising or supervising children.
‘Exercise means exercise, many people know that but unfortunately some people were trying to get around the rules imposed,’ she said.
The biggest increases in case numbers in western Sydney were in Blacktown, Doonside, Mount Druitt, Maryland, Guildford and Auburn, the Premier said.
Of the new local cases, 121 are linked to known outbreaks and 345 are under investigation, while 87 people were in the community for all or part of the time they were infectious.
The isolation status of 303 people is also under investigation.
Covid-19 Australia: Urgent alert for a Woolworths, major regional train station and NSW plaza