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Northern suburbs’ venue alert after returned traveller tests positive to COVID

A NUMBER of venues in Wollongong’s north, including at Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal, have been placed on a venue alert after a returned overseas traveller tested positive to COVID-19.

NSW Health is carrying out precautionary public health follow-up in relation to the traveller, who tested positive to COVID-19 on day 16 after being released from hotel quarantine on day 14.

The person from the Wollongong area returned two negative tests during their quarantine period.

The person did not have any symptoms but underwent testing as part of the recently enhanced day-16 follow-up. As an additional precautionary measure, NSW Health has introduced symptom checking and day-16 COVID-19 tests for overseas travellers who have been released from hotel quarantine.

Test results indicate that the person has a low level of infection and their household contacts have returned negative results to date. 

Investigations to date suggest the infection was likely acquired overseas and there is no indication at this stage that there was transmission in the hotel quarantine setting.

Close contacts of the case not associated with venues have been identified and are already in self isolation.

The person visited a number of venues in Wollongong and surrounding areas, as well as a café in Brighton Le Sands in south-eastern Sydney, before they were notified of the positive result from their day-16 test.

Anyone who attended the following venues in Wollongong’s northern suburbs at the times listed below should immediately get tested and self-isolate until further advice from NSW Health:

  • Maddens Plains, Sublime Point Walking Trail, Thursday 4 February, 8.30am – 10am 
  • Headlands Hotel, Austinmer, Tuesday 2 February, 1pm – 3pm 
  • Thirroul Beach, Wednesday 3 February, 3pm – 4:30pm
  • Bulli Beach Café, Saturday 6 February, 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Bulli Woolworths, Wednesday 3 February, 9.50am – 10:50am 
  • Corrimal Memorial Park, Wednesday 3 February, 12pm – 1pm  
  • Office Works, Fairy Meadow, Thursday 4 February, 3.45pm – 4.05pm and Friday 5 February, 2:10pm – 3pm
  • Fedora Pasta Factory, Fairy Meadow, Friday 5 February, 3.30pm – 3.35pm 

Other venues included Optus North Wollongong and Figtree Grove shopping centre, visit NSW Health for a complete list of venues and times.

A drive-through Covid testing station is available at Woonona Shamrock Rugby Club, Ocean Park, off Campbell Street, seven days from 8am to 4pm. No appointment or referral is required. Visit NSW Health for a list of local testing sites.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit the testing clinics webpage or contact your GP.

NSW Health continues to urge anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice, is available on NSW Government – Latest news and updates.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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