Orange could go into lockdown after visit to North Orange shopping center by COVID-19 case in New South Wales
The New South Wales government will likely enforce the first lockdown in this COVID-19 outbreak outside of Greater Sydney, after a regional city was visited with a positive case.
A crisis cabinet meeting began at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday following the announcement of a coronavirus case detected in Cootamundra.
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The man spent considerable time at Orange as he was contagious on Saturday, visiting a Woolworths supermarket, Pizza Hut restaurant, gas station and Officeworks store.
7NEWS understands that a lockdown could take effect from midnight Tuesday, affecting more than 40,000 residents of the Orange local government area. This would initially last a week.
This is an important development because the government aims to prevent an explosion of cases in regional areas.
NSW Health also revealed that a COVID case traveled to a gas station in Goulburn on Friday.
It was one of 19 new exhibition venues added Monday afternoon.
Anyone who attended the following locations at the times indicated is a close contact and must be tested and isolated for 14 days, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health:
Coles Express at Goulburn Friday July 16 from 11:50 a.m. to 12 p.m.
EG Fuelco Australia in Orange Saturday July 17 from 5:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Office work at Orange Saturday July 17 from 4:35 p.m. to 5:05 p.m.
Woolworths in North Orange Shopping Center Friday July 16 from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday July 17 from 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Pizza Hut at Orange on Son Saturday July 17 between 4:55 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.
CTC Orange in North Orange Shopping Center Saturday July 17 from 1:50 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Advanced medical center at Auburn Tuesday July 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. and Thursday July 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Isra Medical Center in Lakemba Sunday July 18 from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Ibby’s Seafood Restaurant in Lakemba Sunday July 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
United medical center of Lakemba Thursday July 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pharmasave in Wiley Park Monday July 12 from 9 a.m. to 9.20 a.m.
Swift Recovery Agency at Sydney central business district all day Wednesday July 14, Thursday July 15 and Friday July 16 12
Chemist’s warehouse at Bankstown Town Square Saturday July 17 from 3:10 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Royal car wash at Greenacre Saturday July 10 from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Wednesday July 14 from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Friday July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Harley Place Santé in Bondi Junction Thursday July 15 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Anyone who attended the following locations at the times indicated is a occasional contact who should immediately be tested and isolated until a negative result is received. If your date of exposure to this site has occurred within the last four days, you must take another test on day 5 from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movement until you get another negative result. You should continue to watch for symptoms and if symptoms appear, get tested again:
Woolworths shopping center at Chester Square Chester hill Thursday July 15 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:05 p.m.
Woolworths in Cecil hills Friday July 16 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Saturday July 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
All floors of the Harley Place Building at 251 Oxford Street at Bondi Junction Thursday July 15 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Red rooster in Werrington on Wednesday July 14 between 1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
NSW Health has also added overtime for the sites below. Anyone who has participated at the times indicated is considered a occasional contact, who should immediately be tested and isolated until a negative result is received.
Chemist’s warehouse at Parramatta Friday July 16 from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Priceline pharmacy in Merrylands on Thursday July 15 between 2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Canterbury-Bankstown is a new priority for health authorities trying to quell the COVID-19 epidemic in Sydney, which has recorded 78 new local cases and more severe hospitalizations.
At least 29 of the new cases discovered as of 8 p.m. Monday were in the community during their infectious period, including 21 for the entire period.
The three-day average of new cases fell to 85, prompting Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian to say, “We have stabilized the virus. “
“We wouldn’t have thrown it all away if we didn’t think we had a chance to crush it and I know if we all work together we can undo it,” she told reporters on Tuesday.
Berejiklian thanked the residents of Fairfield for responding to calls for testing and turned his attention to the neighboring Canterbury-Bankstown council area and parts of the Georges River council area.
Surveillance tests had detected several asymptomatic cases, showing the need for residents of southwest Sydney to remain vigilant, the prime minister said.
NSW Health is now treating 95 cases in hospital, 13 more from Monday.
Of the 27 ICU patients, the majority are under 60, with an adolescent being the youngest.
Twenty-four of the 27 are unvaccinated, while 11 are on ventilators, up from four on Monday.
“You can deteriorate pretty quickly with COVID,” said Kerry Chant, chief public health officer.
“We’re not treating a mild case of the flu, where you have pre-existing immunity.”
She called on people to “do everything possible” to limit movement and interaction outside their homes, including postponing non-essential health care and avoiding arguing with others when shopping.
“While it is human nature to strike up a conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately now is not the time to do so,” said Dr Chant.
– with AAP