Urgent Covid alert as 15 cases linked to popular Sydney gym

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A Sydney gym has been linked to more than a dozen new Covid-19 infections, with NSW Health authorities putting anyone who went there recently on alert.

On Wednesday evening, NSW said 15 new cases either attended City Gym on Crown Street in Darlinghurst while they were infectious, or their infections were acquired there.

The gym has been deemed a 'transmission venue of concern' and anyone who went there between October 18 and 25 is considered a casual contact.

"People who attended this gym at certain times on 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 or 25 October 2021 are considered casual contacts and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received," NSW Health said.

There are 15 cases linked to City Gym in Darlinghurst. Source: Google Maps
There are 15 cases linked to City Gym in Darlinghurst. Source: Google Maps

The dates and times of concern:

  • Saturday 23 October 2021 between 8am to 11am

  • Saturday 23 October 2021 between 5pm to 7:30pm

  • Friday 22 October 2021 between 6am to 11am on 

  • Friday 22 October 2021 between 1:30pm to 4pm

  • Thursday 21 October 2021 between 6am to 4:15pm

  • Wednesday 20 October 2021 between 6am to 11:30am

  • Tuesday 19 October 2021 between 6am to 9am

  • Tuesday 19 October 2021 between 5:30pm to 7pm

  • All day on Monday 18 October 2021

Anyone who attended City Gym on one of the specified days, but outside the specified times, must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if any appear and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

NSW Health contact tracing in metropolitan Sydney will now focus on people who have been exposed to a case in their household, at work or in a 'high risk' facility.

Some examples of 'high risk facilities' include a healthcare or aged care facility, a school, a childcare centre or any location where transmission has been identified or is deemed "likely" to occur.

On Wednesday, there were 304 new locally-acquired Covid-19 cases in NSW and three Covid-related deaths.

While cases are dwindling in Sydney, a cluster in the Hunter New England local government area continues to grow, with 83 new cases reported on Wednesday.

Of the three deaths was a man aged in his 30s from Sydney's inner west. NSW Health said he had received one dose of a Covid vaccine shortly before he tested positive.

He died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. 

A person in their 70s and another in their 80s also died, neither of them were vaccinated.

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