NSW towns on high alert after Melbourne case crossed border

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Popular tourist towns on the NSW South Coast are on high alert after it was revealed a confirmed Covid case had visited the area from Melbourne.

The person visited Jervis Bay, Goulburn, Hyams Beach and Vincentia on May 23 and 24, before driving back to Victoria on the 24th.

The visitor reported the onset of symptoms on May 25 and was tested on Monday in Melbourne.

Victoria is in a "circuit breaker" lockdown with 54 active infections after three new cases were reported on Tuesday.

A campground in Booderee National Park.
A campground in Booderee National Park was exposed to an infected person on May 23 and 24. Source: AAP/File

A number of venues in the locations are now considered exposure sites, with anyone present at the same dates and times advised to get tested immediately and isolate until further information is received from NSW Health.

The new venues include:

  • Goulburn Shell Coles Express, Big Merino: Monday, 24 May, 10am -11.30am

  • Goulburn Trapper’s Bakery: Monday, 24 May, 10.30am -11.30am

  • Hyams Beach Cooked Goose Café (formerly Hyams Beach Café): 23 May, 10am -12pm

  • Jervis Bay Green Patch campground, Booderee National Park: 23 May, all day and 24 May until 9am

  • Vincentia Coles, Vincentia Shopping Village: 23 May, 12pm -1pm

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NSW Health said in a statement it is continuing to investigate the movements of the infected person, and said the venue list is likely to grow.

“NSW Health is in the process of increasing testing capacity in the area, including a drive-through pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic in Huskisson,” the department said.

“Anyone who lives in Jervis Bay, or has visited Jervis Bay since 22 May, is asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of even the mildest of cold-like symptoms, and is urged to come forward for testing immediately if they appear, then isolate until a negative result is received.”

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