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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

New COVID-19 case visited Sydney health clinic

NSW Health has issued an alert for Western Sydney after a confirmed case of COVID-19 visited a Wentworthville clinic while potentially infectious with the virus.

“The case, in a man from western Sydney, was locally acquired. Investigations into the source of the infection are under way, but it is believed to be linked to the Berala BWS cluster,” NSW Health said in a statement.

Anyone who was in the following section of the clinic at the listed time is a close contact who must immediately get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result:

Wentworthville Medical and Dental Clinic  in the dental, physio and imaging waiting room only122/128 Station St, WentworthvilleFriday, 15 January
11.30am to 1.15pm

“Anyone who was in other areas of the clinic at that time should monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate and get tested if they appear,” NSW Health said.

NSW recorded one new community-transmitted case of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, ending the state’s run of zero case numbers earlier in the week. There were also 11 cases recorded in returned travellers.

There were 14,574 COVID-19 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 16,070.

“It is very likely that COVID-19 is continuing to circulate in the community among people who have mild or no symptoms. It is vital that we pick up every case of COVID-19 if we are to prevent further community transmission, and the best way we have of doing this is maintaining high testing numbers,” NSW Health said.

“Anyone who is experiencing any cold- or flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild, is urged to isolate immediately, get tested and continue to isolate until a negative result is received. This is particularly important in areas where there have been recent cases, including western Sydney, south-west Sydney, the Northern Beaches and Wollongong.”

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