Covid NSW: Orange sent in to snap 7 day lockdown

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The NSW Central West town of Orange, as well as the Blayney and Cabonne Shire Council areas, will be placed into lockdown after they were exposed to Covid-19 by a delivery driver.

The lockdown will commence at midnight and last for seven days.

A Covid-positive delivery driver visited the Orange area and infected a man who works in Blayney and attended multiple venues.

NSW Health on Tuesday evening issued a number of Covid-19 alerts for Orange, including a petrol station, Officeworks, Woolworths, pizzeria and tobacco shop in the town.

It also included the Coles Express in Goulburn as well as new venues across south west Sydney, Sydney's CBD and Bondi Junction.

NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian (right) and NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant are seen during a press conference in Sydney, Tuesday, July 20. Source: AAP
The lockdown will commence at midnight and last for seven days. Source: AAP

Residents in Orange, Blayney and Cabonne will only be able to leave home for a handful of reasons including:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services

  • Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a Covid-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact)

  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 2 or fewer (unless members of the same household)

  • Work, or tertiary education, where you cannot work or study from home

  • Schools will remain open, under Level 3 restrictions. All staff and students are still expected to be at school

  • To attend a wedding or a funeral

Funerals in the affected areas will be limited to 10 people from Friday.

Masks must also be worn in all indoor settings and outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Covid-19 testing clinics are open at Bathurst, Orange, Parkes, Blayney and Molong.

Meanwhile, Canterbury-Bankstown has become the new focus for health authorities trying to quash Sydney's Covid-19 outbreak, which notched 78 new local cases and more severe hospitalisations.

At least 29 of the new cases uncovered to 8pm on Monday were in the community during their infectious period.

NSW Health is now treating 95 cases in hospital, including 27 in intensive care. Eleven people are on ventilators.

"You can deteriorate quite quickly with COVID," Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

"We're not dealing with a mild case of the flu, where you have pre-existing immunity."

Dr Chant called on people to "do everything" to limit movement and interactions outside their house, including deferring non-essential healthcare and avoiding chats with others while shopping.

"Whilst it's human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that," Dr Chant said.

New Covid exposure sites

Anyone who attended the following venue on the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Advanced Medical Centre in Auburn from 3.30pm – 3.55pm on July 13 and 2.30pm – 2.55pm on July 15

  • Isra Medical Centre in Lakemba from 6pm – 6.30pm on July 18

  • Ibby’s Seafood Restaurant in Lakemba from 1pm – 2pm on July 11

  • United Medical Centre in Lakemba from 3.30pm – 4pm on July 15

  • Pharmasave Wiley Park in Wiley Park from 9am – 9.20am on July 12

  • Swift Recovery Agency in Sydney all day on July 14, July 15 and July 16

  • Coles Express in Goulburn from 11.50am – 12pm on July 16

  • EG Fuelco Australia in Orange from 5.45pm – 6pm on July 17

  • Officeworks Orange in Orange from 4.35pm – 5.05pm on July 17

  • Woolworths, North Orange Shopping Centre from 3pm – 3.30pm on July 16 and 1.20pm – 1.50pm on July 17

  • Pizza Hut in Orange from 4.55pm – 5.05pm on July 17

  • CTC Orange, North Orange Shopping Centre from 1.50pm – 2pm on July 17

  • Chemist Warehouse in Bankstown from 3.10pm – 3.20pm on July 17

  • Royal Carwash Greenacre in Greenacre from 9am – 5.30pm on July 10, 9am – 5.30pm on July 14 and 9am – 5.30pm on July 16

  • Harley Place Health in Bondi Junction from 3.15pm – 4.15pm on July 15

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Woolworths Chester Square Shopping Centre in Chester Hill from 4.45pm – 5.05pm on July 15

  • Woolworths Cecil Hills from 4.15pm – 5.15pm on July 16 and 10.30am – 11.30am on July 17

  • All floors of Bondi Junction (outside of Harley Place Health) from 3.15pm – 4.15pm on July 15

  • Red Rooster in Werrington from 1.50pm – 2.05pm on July 14

  • Chemist Warehouse in Parramatta from 5pm – 6.30pm on July 16

  • Priceline Pharmacy in Merrylands from 2.50pm – 3.15pm on July 15

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