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New pop-up Covid testing site at Slacky Flat with updated venue health advice

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NSW Health has updated its advice for people who attended two previously announced venues at Bulli and Austinmer.

As reported Sunday, a confirmed case of COVID-19 visited these venues after they were released from hotel quarantine and before they were notified of a positive result from their day-16 test.

Anyone who was in the beer garden of the Headlands Hotel at Austinmer or who dined in at the Bulli Beach Café at the times listed below is now considered a close contact and should immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Austinmer, Headlands Hotel (Beer garden), Headland Avenue and Yuruga Street: Tuesday 2 February, 1pm – 3pm
  • Bulli, Bulli Beach Café (those who dined in), 68 Trinity Row: Saturday 6 February, 1.30pm – 4pm

Anyone who was at the Headlands Hotel (in all areas other than the beer garden) and anyone who got takeaway from the Bulli Beach Café at the times listed below is now considered a casual contact who should monitor for symptoms. If any symptoms develop, get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result:

  • Austinmer, Headlands Hotel (all areas other than the beer garden), Headland Avenue and Yuruga Street: Tuesday 2 February, 1pm – 3pm
  • Bulli, Bulli Beach Café (those who got takeaway), 68 Trinity Row: Saturday 6 February, 1.30pm – 4pm

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. Pop-up testing stations have been established at the following locations in Wollongong’s northern suburbs until further notification from Health authorities:

  • BULLI – Laverty: Bulli Showground, Slacky Flat Park, drive-through clinic, Grevillea Park Rd (off Princes Hwy). Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required, 7am-8pm.
  • WOONONA – Laverty: Shamrocks Rugby Club, Ocean Park, drive-through clinic, off Campbell St. Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required, 7am-8pm from Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm Saturday.
  • FAIRY MEADOW – Southern IML Pathology, North Dalton Park, Pioneer Drive. Note: no appointment, no doctor referral required. 2pm-10pm – Monday 8 February, 8am-10pm – Tuesday-Friday.

To find your nearest clinic visit NSW Health or contact your GP.

NSW Health continues to urge anyone 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 at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/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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