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Ryde Secondary College and St Gertrude’s Primary closed over positive coronavirus case

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Coronavirus has forced the closure of two more Sydney schools as the CBD cluster continues to grow.

Ryde Secondary College will be closed on Friday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, while a student at St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School also has the virus.

A statement from Ryde Secondary College said it had been “advised by NSW Health that a staff member has tested positive”.

“The school will be non-operational tomorrow for the on-site attendance of staff and students to allow time for the school to complete the contact tracing process and have the school cleaned,” the statement said.

All staff and students have been told to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs.

The news comes as health authorities are working to contain a growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney's CBD that may have spread to the northern suburbs and Central Coast.

On Thursday NSW Health issued an alert for various locations across the inner city as well as Hornsby, Willoughby and the Central Coast.

At least five of Thursday’s new case are believed to be linked to the CBD cluster.

One of the cases worked at the David Jones food court on Elizabeth St, while the second new case travelled on four trains between Sydney and the Central Coast on Monday and Tuesday.

People who attended Harris Farm in Willoughby on Saturday are also being asked to watch for symptoms after a confirmed case went there between 4pm and 5pm that day.

There’s also an alert for PRP Diagnostic Imaging in Hornsby. A positive case attended on Monday between 10am and 11.15am.

Three of the inner-city cases attended the City Tattersalls Club gym.

Contact tracers are searching for patrons of two Fitness First clubs – one in Balgowlah and the other on Bond St.

NSW Health is also working to contact all patrons who were at the Hunters Hill Bowling Club’s indoor dining room on August 23 from 12pm to 2pm.

People who were there are considered close contacts and must isolate for two weeks regardless of their test result.

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