Coles and public pool added to NSW's Covid hot spots

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·3-min read

Health authorities have issued updated warnings over venues visited by a Sydney man who tested positive to coronavirus on the weekend.

The 47-year-old Sydney man, who worked in security at two quarantine hotels, returned a positive result late on Saturday – one week after receiving the first jab of the Covid-19 vaccination.

The man worked at Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney's CBD and the Mantra Hotel in Haymarket, and also worked in an office.

NSW Health released a list of venues of concern Sunday evening, but updated that list Monday afternoon to correct a mistake and add two more locations.

Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre.
The positive case visited the stadium and gym area of the Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre on March 10. Source: Google Maps

The gym and stadium area of the Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre in Hurstville, south of Sydney, was visited by the man on March 10 between 4.15pm and 5.30pm, as was Coles at the Hurstville station on March 13 between 7.30am and 7.40am.

The health department initially said he visited the same Coles on March 10 between 8am and 9am, however have now updated that to 9.15pm and 9.46pm.

Members of the public who attended these locations at the specified times have been urged to closely monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested if they experience any.

Concern over multiple venues

NSW Health remains most concerned about Pancakes on the Rocks in Beverly Hills, southwest of the CBD, where the man dined on Saturday between 10.45am and 12pm.

People there at the same are considered close contacts and should get tested immediately.

He visited several more venues on Saturday, hours before testing positive, including the Bexley Aquatic Centre, south of Sydney, between 9am and 9.30am, Dae Jang Kum Korean restaurant in Haymarket between 12.15pm and 12.20pm, and 7-Eleven in Haymarket between 12.20pm and 12.25pm.

Every morning from Monday last week, March 8, he visited Hudson’s Coffee Shop at the Hurstville Private Hospital between 8.30am and 9am.

Hurstville station Coles.
NSW Health updated advice for the Hurstville station Coles on March 10. Source: Google Maps

Anyone who visited these venues at the listed times should monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested if they arise.

The same applies to people who caught the T4 line, Hurstville to Central on Friday, March 12, departing Hurstville at 6pm and arriving at Central at 6.30pm.

Those on the same line on Saturday departing Central at 7am and arriving at Hurstville at 7.30am should also monitor for symptoms and get a test if they experience any.

No new locally acquired cases

No additional locally acquired coronavirus cases were recorded on Monday, with genomic sequencing revealing the security guard contracted the virus from a hotel guest with the highly-infectious UK strain.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said it was still unclear how the man contracted the virus, given security footage revealed his "exemplary" compliance to coronavirus rules.

He did not come within 1.5 meters of the infected traveller's door, nor did the infected hotel guest leave their room or open their door during the security guard's shift.

The man’s household contacts have all tested negative, and will continue to self-isolate for 14 days.

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