Urgent coronavirus warning for Coles, 7-Eleven

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·3-min read

A warning has been issued for Sydney residents who could have contracted coronavirus from the latest community case, who visited a host of 10 high-traffic venues, including a Coles supermarket, right before testing positive.

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.

Health authorities late on Sunday released a list of locations of concern, warning members of the public to closely monitor themselves for symptoms and get tested if they experience any.

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

Coles at the Hustville station is linked to a Covid case.
The man stopped in at Coles at the Hustville station Wednesday between 8pm and 9pm. Source: Google Maps

Anyone at the Pancakes on the Rocks in Beverly Hills, southwest of the CBD, on Saturday between 10.45am and 12pm are considered close contacts and should get tested immediately.

He visited three 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.

On Wednesday, March 10, he stopped in at Coles at the Hurstville Station between 8am and 9am.

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.

7-Eleven in Haymarket is linked to a Covid case.
The security guard visited the Capitol Square, George Street, 7-Eleven in Haymarket, on Saturday. Source: Google Maps

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.

NSW Health urged anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

Source of man's infection unknown

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said Sunday the man received an initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine on March 2 and has yet to receive his second shot.

“We wouldn't have expected his immune system to kick in for 12-14 days or potentially longer, and then the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine gives further enhancement to that immune response,” Dr Chant said.

Health workers are in the process of contacting more than 100 people the man worked with between Friday night and Saturday morning while he was infectious.

“We have contacted around 130 people who worked from 7pm on Friday night to 7am on Saturday, overlapping that March 12 to March 13,” Dr Chant said.

NSW Health is investigating the source of the new infection and urgent genome sequencing is underway.

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