'Isolate immediately': Party sparks urgent Covid alert for hotel

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An urgent health warning has been announced for a hotel in Sydney’s inner-city suburbs after three coronavirus cases were linked to a party held over the weekend.

A total of 35 community cases were announced on Monday, more than doubling the 16 cases reported on Sunday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said three cases were linked to a gathering at the Meriton Suites in Waterloo more than a week ago.

The Meriton Suites in Waterloo, Sydney.
Three Covid cases have been linked to a party held at the Meriton Suites in Waterloo (pictured). Source: Trip Advisor

"Having a party when you're not supposed to have a party is not doing the right thing,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, once again pleaded with residents to do the right thing ahead of the scheduled end of a 14-day lockdown on Friday.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard added: "What is the thinking of some of these people?”

All guests, staff and contractors who were at the Meriton Suites for any amount of time between 7pm on Saturday June 26 and 8am on Monday July 5 must immediately get a Covid test and isolate until further advice is received from NSW Health.

The health department said the alert was for all levels of the hotel.

Both NSW Health and NSW Police are investigating the event.

New venues of concern listed

On Monday afternoon, NSW Health added an Aldi supermarket in Rydalmere as a venue of concern.

Anyone who attended the store on Thursday July 1 between 8am and 3pm, or Friday July 2 between 2pm and 8.30pm is considered a close contact and must get a Covid test and isolate immediately for 14 days regardless of the result. NSW Health must also be contacted on 1800 943 553.

The Marconi Club in Bossley Park has been upgraded to a close contact site. 

Anyone who attended the club on Friday June 25 between 2pm and 8.30pm or Saturday June 26 between 10am and 6pm must follow the same advice as above.

A supermarket in Auburn has also been added as a casual contact site.

Anyone who visited Pindi Supermarket on Tuesday June 29 between 5.40pm and 5.50pm must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Sydney nursing home records two more cases

Two of the 35 new Covid cases recorded on Monday were aged care residents at SummitCare in Baulkham Hills.

Both were women in their 70s and one was unvaccinated. Five SummitCare residents to date have been confirmed virus-positive, with four fully vaccinated.

There were also five new cases connected to flight VA524 from Gold Coast to Sydney, on which an infected air crew member worked, and a student at Rose Bay Public School in Sydney's east has been diagnosed with the virus.

An ambulance is seen at the SummitCare aged care home at Baulkham Hills in Sydney on Monday. Source: AAP
An ambulance is seen at the SummitCare aged care home at Baulkham Hills in Sydney on Monday. Source: AAP

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday said 11 of the 35 overall cases were out in the community during part or all of their infectious period.

She said health authorities were currently collating data on the current lockdown in Greater Sydney and surrounds, scheduled to conclude on Friday, and would soon be ready to provide advice to government on the way forward.

NSW Health has issued another ten Covid alerts for venues across Sydney including a Coles in Maroubra and a Woolworths in Hillsdale, both in Sydney's east, as well as construction sites in Auburn and Toongabbie.

Alerts have also been issued for numerous Sydney bus and train routes.

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