The Sydney suburbs on alert after virus cases grow

Nick Whigham
·Assistant News Editor
·7-min read

A number of Sydney suburbs are on high alert after new coronavirus cases were detected Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, NSW Health was investigating six locally acquired cases in the city. Five are in the Northern Beaches, and one case is a resident of southwest Sydney.

On Friday, NSW Health reported 10 new Covid cases, taking the Northern Beaches cluster up to 28.

Two of the 10 cases are from Cronulla in Sydney’s southeast, with the Cronulla RSL confirming on its Facebook they had been visited by a positive case on Wednesday.

Authorities hope the spread of a potential cluster in the Northern Beaches has been contained and have issued alerts for people to get tested and self-isolate if they have travelled to certain locations.

People line up for Covid-19 testing at Mona Vale Hospital's walk-in clinic in Sydney. Source: AAP
People line up for Covid-19 testing at Mona Vale Hospital's walk-in clinic in Sydney. Source: AAP

The warnings are dotted around Palm Beach, Mona Vale and Avalon, with concern also for Peakhurst in the city’s south. The positive case in south Sydney was a bus driver who transports aircrew to and from their hotels but did attend a sporting event while infectious.

The latest case in the northern beaches has been identified as a musician who performed multiple gigs across Sydney recently, although it is unclear if he was infectious at the time.

Those who must get tested for Covid immediately

Anyone who was at the Avalon RSL on Friday is urged to get tested and isolate as should those who attended Penrith RSL on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm and the Kirribilli Club on Monday from 12pm to 3pm.

People who visited the following venues at the listed times are considered close contacts and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days.

  • Avalon RSL Club, in Avalon on Friday 11 December, all day until closed

  • Avalon Bowlo (bowling club), 4 Bowling Green Lane, Avalon Beach on Sunday 13 December between 5pm to 7pm and Tuesday 15 December between 3pm to 5pm

  • Bangkok Sidewalk Restaurant, 1/21-23 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach on Monday 14 December between 7pm to 8pm

  • Barramee Thai Massage and Spa, 4/42-44 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach on Monday 14 December between 2pm to 3:30pm

  • Sneaky Grind Café, Avalon Beach on Monday 14 December between 9:30am to 11am

  • Kirribilli Club, Kirribilli on Monday 14 December between 12pm to 3pm

  • Palm Beach female change rooms (in toilet block with small change area at the swimming pool at the southern end), Palm Beach on Sunday 13 December be 9am to 9:15am

  • Coast Palm Beach Café, Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach, on Sunday 13 December between 10am to 11am

  • Penrith RSL Club, Penrith on Sunday 13 December 1pm to 6pm

Additionally, a confirmed case travelled on a number of trains on December 14, other passengers are considered casual contacts and should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

  • Roseville to Redfern, 6.50-7.40am

  • Redfern to Milsons Point, 11.20am-11.45am

  • Milsons Point to Roseville, 3.15-3.40pm

The red locations are where people are being urged to get tested and isolate, the blue locations are where people are being urged to watch out for symptoms. Source: NSW Health
The red locations are where people are being urged to get tested and isolate, the blue locations are where people are being urged to watch out for symptoms. Source: NSW Health

Those who must watch for coronavirus symptoms

Anyone who visited the following locations at the listed times is considered a casual contact and is advised to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they present.

  • Little Rangers session at Gannons Park in Peakhurst on December 11 between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Any adults who were present should get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

  • Woolworths at Avalon Beach on December 13 between 12pm and 5pm, and December 15 between 12pm and 12:30pm.

  • Oliver's Pie at Avalon Beach on December 14 between 9am and 9:15am.

  • Bing Lee at Mona Vale on December 14 between 4:30pm and 4:45pm.

  • Roof Racks World, 13/87 Reserve Road, Artarmon on Tuesday 15 December between 2pm to 2:30pm

  • Careel Bay Dog Park & Hitchcock Park, Barrenjoey Road, Avalon on Wednesday 16 December between 7:00am - 7:30am

  • Hungry Ghost Café, 20 Avalon Parade on Sunday 13 December between 9:30am to 11am and Tuesday 15 December between 9:30am to 11am

  • Avalon Beach Post Shop, 45 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach on Wednesday 16 December between 3:30pm to 3:50pm

  • Chemist Warehouse, 4/74 Old Barrenjoey Road, Monday 14 December between 5:20pm to 5:25pm

  • Commonwealth Bank, 47 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach on Tuesday 15 December between 12pm to 12:15pm

  • Mitre 10, 49 Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach on Tuesday 15 December between 12pm - 12.20 pm

  • North Avalon Cellars, 4/3 North Avalon Road, Avalon Beach on Tuesday 15 December between 6pm to 6:05pm

  • Oliver’s Pie, Careel Shopping Village, 1 Careel Head Road, Avalon Beach on Monday 14 December between 9am to 9:15am

  • Surf Life Saving Club, Avalon Beach on Sunday 13 December, Monday 14 December and Tuesday 15 December between9am to 9:30am

  • Woolworths, 74 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach on Sunday 13 December between 12pm to 5pm, Monday 14 December between 5pm to 5:30pm and Tuesday 15 December between 12pm to 12:30pm

  • Dee Why Fruit Market, 33 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why on Tuesday 15 December between 4:45pm to 4:55pm

  • HongFa BBQ Restaurant, Dee Why on Tuesday 15 December 4:30pm to 4:45pm

  • Aldi Mona Vale, 13 Bungan Street, Mona Vale on Sunday 13 December between12:45pm to 1:30pm

  • Bing Lee, Gateway, 1 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale on Monday 14 December between 4:30pm to 4:45pm

  • Woolworths Mona Vale, 25/29 Park Street, Mona Vale on Sunday 13 December between 12pm to 12:30pm

  • Brot and Wurst, 1442 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen on Wednesday 16 December between 2pm to 2:05pm

  • Palm Beach Pool, Lot 1 Rock Bath Road, Palm Beach on Wednesday 16 December between 8am to 9am

  • Palm Beach Rockpool, Lot 1 Rock Bath Road, Palm Beach on Monday 14 December between 9:30am to 10:30am

  • Cronulla RSL Club, 38 Gerrale St, Cronulla on 16 December, 5pm to closing time

  • Hair by Erika, Village Shopping Centre Lane Cove, 11 December, 3.30-5pm

  • Salon of Hair Turramurra, 15 December, 10am-3pm, and 16 December, 9.30am-3.30pm

  • Coles Newport, 11 December, 5-7pm, and 12 December, 3.15-3.30pm

  • Hills Florist, Terrey Hills, 12 December, 8-8.45am – close contacts have been contacted directly by NSW Health

  • Restaurant Lovat, Newport, 12 December, 2.15-2.25pm and 4.10-4.15pm

  • Nourished Wholefood Café, Avalon, 12 December, 7.30-7.40am

  • RAN Sailing Association Darling Point, Navy Bear Café and Christmas party, 13 December, 10am 4pm

  • Sabiang Thai Restaurant, 4/49 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach, 13 December, 6-8pm

  • Seven West Media Building, 8 Central Ave, Eveleigh, 14 December, 8-11.30am

  • Mentmore and Morley Café and public toilets, 55 Mentmore Ave, Roseberry, 14 December 10am-3pm

  • Harris Farm, Mona Vale Plaza, 14 December, 11-11.10am

  • Paris Seafood Café, 136 Cronulla, 15 December, 8.30-9pm

  • Cronulla Mall, 15 December, 8-9pm and 16 December 11am-12pm

  • Blend @ Grantham Café, Riverstone, 16 December 11-11.45am

  • Westfield Bondi Junction, 15 December, 1-2.30pm

You can keep up to date with the latest alerts here.

Where can I get tested?

It is absolutely vital that people come forward for testing, NSW Health has said.

A new pop up clinic has been established at Avalon and opened for high volume testing at midday on Thursday. It is located at the Avalon Recreation Centre, 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd and will operate between 8am-10pm every day.

NSW Health has also increased staffing and extended hours at other Northern Beaches testing locations, including Mona Vale.

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Other Northern Beaches testing centres are located at:

  • Mona Vale Hospital, Gate 3 Coronation Street, Mona Vale – walk-in clinic – open 8am-10pm seven days a week

  • Brookvale Community Health Centre, 612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale – open 8am-10pm 7 days

  • Northern Beaches Hospital, 105 Frenchs Forest Road (West), Frenchs Forest, (Rear of Emergency Department) – open 8am- 5pm 7 days

  • Manly Histopath Drive through, Old Manly Hospital, 150 Darley Road, Manly,– open - 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.

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