Health alert for low-level NSW virus case

A health alert has been issued for a Sydney cafe and venues in the Illawarra after a returned traveller tested positive for COVID-19 after completing their 14-day quarantine period.

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday after issuing the alert on Sunday night.

NSW Health said the state had gone 22 consecutive days without a locally acquired case as the source of the latest infection was still under investigation.

“Investigations … suggest the infection was likely acquired overseas and there is no indication at this stage that there was transmission in the hotel quarantine setting,” a statement said.

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

The latest alert applies to a cafe at Brighton Le Sands in Sydney’s south as well as shops, a hotel and a beach in Wollongong and the Illawarra after the returned traveller visited them last week.

NSW Health says anyone who visited the venues around the same time should get tested immediately and self-isolate.

The person tested positive on the 16th day after arriving home, having returned two negative tests during their 14-day quarantine period, the department said on Sunday night.

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

NSW has introduced non-compulsory “day 16” testing for overseas travellers in a bid to pick up cases that might develop at the tail end of the 14-day incubation period.

Health alerts include venues in Austinmer, Bulli, Brighton Le Sands, North Wollongong, Fairy Meadow, Corrimal, Thirroul, Madden Plains and Figtree, with details available on the NSW Government website.

A new pop-up drive-through clinic has opened at Figtree Laverty Pathology Drive-through Clinic on the Princes Highway at Figtree.

NSW Health has also increased staffing and extended hours at the Woonona Laverty Pathology drive-through clinic at Shamrock Rugby Club, from 7am to 8pm on Monday.

NSW Health is continuing to screen passengers arriving on flights from Victoria and any person who enters NSW from Victoria by air or rail is also required to complete a passenger declaration form.

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