Saturday, April 13, 2024

Taxi driver worked 9 days while infectious

Two new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,011.

Sadly, there was one COVID-related death reported in this period, taking the overall number of deaths in the state to 55.

A man in his 70s, whose COVID-19 infection was linked to the Sydney CBD cluster, passed away on Saturday 19.

“NSW Health extends condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time,” the Department said in a statement.

Of the two new cases to 8pm last night, one is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine; and one is locally acquired, with early investigations indicating the infection may have been acquired at Liverpool Hospital.

NSW Health said investigations and contact tracing are continuing.

“The case attended the following locations in Western and South Western Sydney and the South Coast, and people who may have taken taxis in Western and South Western Sydney must be alert for symptoms,” it said.

“Pleasingly, the person had the COVIDSafe App, which is being used to help identify contacts.

“Anyone who attended the following venues for a least one hour during the following times is considered to be a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since they were there.

“They must stay isolated for the entire period, even if a negative test result is received, as 14 days is the maximum time it generally takes for COVID-19 to develop:

  • Campbelltown Golf Club, Glen Alpine– 16 September, 2pm-4.30pm
  • Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club – 12 September, 2pm-6.15pm
  • Carlo’s Italian Restaurante Bar & Seafood, Ulladulla – 12 September, 8pm-9.30pm
  • Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill, Mollymook – 13 September, 12.30pm-2.15pm
  • Mama Wok, MacArthur Square Campbelltown 9 September 1:30pm-2:30pm

“Anyone who attended the above venues at these times for less than one hour is considered a casual contact,” NSW Health said.

“Anyone who attended the following venues at the specified times below is also considered a casual contact.”

  • Picnic Point Bowling Club – 18 September, 3pm-6pm
  • Campbelltown Golf Club course Glen Alpine– 16 September, 9.30am-2pm
  • Wray St Oyster Shed Batemans Bay 12 September,12 pm-1 pm

It says the infected person also drove a taxi for a number of days while potentially infectious.

“People who caught a taxi on September 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 in the following suburbs must monitor for symptoms and if any develop immediately get tested.”

  • Moorebank
  • Bankstown
  • Chipping Norton
  • Liverpool
  • Lidcombe
  • Warwick Farm 
  • Milperra.

Locations linked to known cases, advice on testing and isolation, and areas identified for increased testing can be found at NSW Government – Latest new and updates.

“While the number of locally acquired cases recorded in the past 24 hours continues to be low, the virus is likely still circulating and it is imperative anyone displaying mild symptoms get tested immediately and not delay their test, particularly with school holidays upon us, in order to stop further spread.”

NSW Health is currently treating 78 COVID-19 cases, including two in intensive care, one of whom is being ventilated.

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