Sydney pub cluster grows as another hotel linked to virus cases

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A cluster of coronavirus cases linked to a pub in Sydney’s southwest has grown again, with another hotel now also linked to the outbreak.

A further four new cases have been linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula, taking its total up to 13, NSW Health confirmed on Monday morning.

Four cases previously reported in the media as linked to the pub were also confirmed.

Testing has ramped up at a pop-up clinic at the hotel in Casula. Source: AAP
Testing has ramped up at a pop-up clinic at the hotel in Casula. Source: AAP

They all attended the pub on July 3, yet none of the cases appear to be the source of the outbreak, NSW Health said.

Three of the new cases are close contacts of someone who visited the Sydney pub.

One case linked to the outbreak also attended Picton Hotel in NSW’s Macarthur Region, southwest of Sydney, during their infectious period.

The individual attended its gaming room on July 4, 9 and 10. The hotel is now closed for cleaning.

In total, there were 14 new cases identified in NSW in the past 24 hours.

NSW Health is urging anyone who attended the Crossroads Hotel at Casula between Friday July 3 and Friday July 10 to immediately self-isolate until 14 days after they were last there. Authorities are also telling those people to attend a clinic for testing even if they have no symptoms.

For those in the area, testing is available at Liverpool, Campbelltown and Fairfield Hospitals, as well as GP clinics. Meanwhile a pop-up clinic in the carpark of the Crossroads Hotel is open until 5pm Monday.

Even if you get a negative test stay in isolation for 14 days, NSW Health is urging the public.

"A negative result does not mean you can breach self-isolation," NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant warned on Sunday.

Among those isolating is Labor MP Anne Stanley, who is Member for Werriwa where the pub is located.

“Last week I had dinner at the Crossroads Hotel at Casula. I have followed today’s medical advice from NSW Health and I have been tested and am now in 14 days self-isolation,” she wrote on Twitter last night.

Health officials say the original case behind the outbreak at the Sydney pub is still unknown.

There are currently 504 active COVID-19 cases in NSW.

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