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Australia Cafes, bottle shops and RSL club are put on alert for Covid in NSW

11:45  04 september  2021
11:45  04 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Several venues in regional NSW have been declared Covid exposure sites, including cafes, bottle shops and a busy RSL club.

But the latest alert comes as NSW Health admitted it has all but given up on reporting every venue of concern in the state, as the number of exposure sites across Sydney continues to pile up.

Now only exposure sites in regional communities with low case numbers will be posted to the NSW Health website along with Sydney venues deemed 'high-risk'.

Until this point, contact tracers used QR check-in codes to list places, such as shops, restaurants and cafes, where infected people had been - giving Sydneysiders a good idea of how many cases were wandering their suburbs.

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Several venues in regional NSW have been declared Covid exposure sites, including cafes , bottle shops and a busy RSL club . But the latest public health alerts come as NSW Health admitted it has all but giving up on reporting every venue of concern in the state, as the number of exposure sites across Sydney continues to pile up. Only exposure sites in regional communities with low case number will posted to the NSW Health website along with Sydney venues deemed ‘high-risk’.

Several venues in regional NSW have been declared Covid exposure sites, including cafes , bottle shops and a busy RSL club .But the latest public. But the latest public health alerts come as NSW Health admitted it has all but giving up on reporting every venues of concern in the state, as the number of exposure sites across Sydney continues to pile up. NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said on Tuesday, the shift which means you may never know if your local supermarket has been exposed to the virus, is being implemented because most transmissions are occurring in workplaces and the home.

Now, unless a venue is deemed high-risk, people will be none the wiser. It comes as the state reported a record high 478 coronavirus cases on Monday, followed by a further 452 infections on Tuesday.

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Lasted Covid exposure sites in NSW on Tuesday

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there, regardless of the result.

Dubbo Cross Coffee House 73 Macquarie Street Wednesday 11 August 6:50am to 7:05am

Dubbo Milestone Hotel 195 Macquarie Street Wednesday 11 August 10:00am to 11:00am

Dubbo Sid's Bottle Shop 250-256 Macquarie Street Wednesday 11 August 12:15pm to 12:20pm

Dubbo Telstra Store Orana Mall Shopping Centre, 56 Windsor Parade Wednesday 11 August 12:00pm to 12:30pm

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dailymail.co.uk - Several venues in regional NSW have been declared Covid exposure sites, including cafes , bottle shops and a busy RSL club .

Mudgee Club Mudgee RSL 99 Mortimer Street Thursday 12 August 12:25pm to 2:30pm

Mudgee Lawson Hotel 1 Church Street Thursday 12 August 4:05pm to 4:45pm

Mudgee Smart Dollar 89 Mortimer Street Friday 13 August 3:30pm to 3:45pm

Mudgee Smokemart & GiftBox Shop 4, Town Centre, Mortimer Street Friday 13 August 4:40pm to 4:45pm

Broken Hill Alfresco's Cafe 397 Argent Street Monday 16 August 1:55pm to 2:15pm

Among the latest businesses flagged by health authorities were four venues in Dubbo, in the the state's far west, including the Cross Coffee House, Milestone Hotel, Sid's Bottle Shop and the Telstra Store at the Orana Mall Shopping Centre.

Another four venues in nearby Mudgee were issued close contact alerts with Club Mudgee RSL, Lawson Hotel, Smart Dollar and Smokemart & GiftBox all flagged.

While Alfresco's Cafe in outback town of Broken Hill was also put on alert.

Anyone who visited the exposure sites during the times listed above must now immediately get tested and self isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result.

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Locations associated with confirmed COVID -19 cases are classified by NSW Health for action. This information will be updated if further locations are identified. NSW Health alerts the public as quickly as possible when there is a venue deemed a public health risk. We do not alert the public of venues if we have obtained a list of people, potentially exposed to the virus, through the venue or other records. Potentially exposed people identified through these records receive an SMS message from NSW Health advising them to immediately get tested and self-isolate until they receive further advice from contact

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty said on Tuesday the shift - which means you may never know if your local supermarket has been exposed to the virus - is being implemented because most transmissions are occurring in workplaces and homes.

'We're really trying to focus the public's attention on those [sites] where we believe there's a true risk,' he said.

'The information we have is that from talking to cases and looking at contacts and who is getting infected, that the highest risk is your household.

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'The next highest risk is people visiting a household where there's a case and the next most concerning place for transmission is a workplace.

'So that's why we're focusing on those areas as we've learned that people get lost in the detail when we put up venues that we don't think are risk places on the website or in the media.'

NSW Health over the past few days have only flagged exposure sites from regional Australia with a just a small number from epicentre of the virus in Sydney's west and southwest.

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The change in public health strategy which was not announced until today, appears to suggest the state's contact tracers and health staff are over-run with the flood of new cases and exposure sites.

But Mr McAnulty assured residents its a deliberate ploy to maximise resources and focus on the more high-risk transmission setting.

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'So we know there are quite low-risk settings that we just don't see very much transmission at all in, and that's supermarkets, shopping centres and so on,' he said.


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'So we're now deliberately prioritising in the metropolitan area venues or places where people have been in households, in other households, not their own, in workplaces, and high-risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities, educational settings, including childcare settings.

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'We continue to, in places outside metropolitan Sydney or areas where we haven't seen large numbers of cases, such as regional Sydney, regional parts of the state, Newcastle, Central Coast, Wollongong. We continue to put even the tiniest risk venues on the website.

'In those areas in the metropolitan area where we know that there are many, many places that cases have gone but little risk, we're deliberately focusing on places I've mentioned.'

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Meanwhile, a woman died from Covid-19 in NSW as the state recorded another 452 cases of the virus and authorities revealed the Delta strain is spreading among  young people at an alarming rate.

The unvaccinated woman in her 70s died at western Sydney's Westmead Hospital on Monday, bringing the state's death toll from its Delta outbreak to 57.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 54 of the cases were out in the community for all or part of their infectious period, but the isolation status of 297 cases was still under investigation.

The embattled leader said the relentless spread of the outbreak in NSW had reached the point where she now assumed transmission rates would continue to climb.

'I say that only as a realist because when you have cumulative days with high cases, there is a tipping point where the numbers keep going up,' she said.

Of the new cases, only 129 infections are linked to a known cluster - meaning the source of 323 cases is still a mystery to the state's contact tracers.

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She urged residents in seven suburbs in Sydney's west and south-west where the virus was spreading most rapidly to increase their vaccination rates and to stay home unless they had an absolutely essential reason to leave.

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Those suburbs are Blacktown, Seven Hills, Merrylands, Guildford, Auburn, Bankstown and Greenacre.

Seventy-five per cent of Tuesday's new cases were found in people under the age of 40, underlining the need to get jabs into the arms of the state's younger generation.

Ms Berejiklian said a 'vaccination blitz' in Sydney's worst-affected suburbs would aim to immunise 500,000 16 to 39-year-olds over the next three weeks.

She added NSW was on track to hit its target of six million jabs in arms by the end of August - at which point she would consider a gradual easing of lockdown rules in areas with a high proportion of vaccinated residents.

'The challenge for us is we want to make sure those opportunities are made available to as many citizens at possible,' she said.

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As of Tuesday, 5.2million jabs have been administered state-wide - while 52 per cent of eligible NSW residents have received at least one dose.

'There will be opportunities to consider what things we'll be able to offer the community in September and October, which will be our most challenging months,' Ms Berejiklian said.

'That's an absolute assurance and once we get to six million jabs, we'll call on Dr Chant to make considerations of what we can allow people to do who are vaccinated.'

However, she said any easing of restrictions for vaccinated residents at the end of August was dependent on daily case numbers and where the virus was spreading the fastest.

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'I'll be able to convey that as soon as we get closer to August 28 and as soon as we know where things are at in terms of case numbers and areas of concern,' she said.

The state leader said NSW's eight million locked-down residents will still face some form of social distancing restrictions even if the state's vaccination rate reaches 70 per cent.

'Life will be much freer than what it is today once we get to 70 per cent and 80 per cent - but it doesn't mean we'll be completely free,' she said.

'It doesn't mean that we will let's let the virus be rampant in the community no matter our number of cases, but it will be freer than it is today.'

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