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Sydney CBD COVID-19 cluster grows

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The Sydney CBD coronavirus cluster is continuing to grow with five of Thursday’s nine new cases linked to the area.

All of the new cases were locally acquired, with five linked to the new cluster and four close contacts of previous cases.

Three of those attended the City Tattersalls Club gym, while contact tracers are hunting down patrons of two Fitness First clubs.

“Anyone who attended City Tattersalls gym between 8am and 2pm on 19, 21 or 23 August is a close contact and must get tested for COVID-19 and isolate at home for 14 days,” deputy chief health officer Jeremy McAnulty said.

“Other members of City Tattersalls should get tested if they have even the mildest symptoms.”

These new cases have expanded health alerts around the city, as patients visited a bowling club, a brewery, a restaurant, a pharmacy and two other gyms while infectious.

NSW Health is working to contact all known attendees of the Hunters Hill Bowling Club indoor dining room on August 23 from 12pm to 2pm.

These people are considered close contacts of a case and must be tested and self-isolate for 14 days – regardless of the result of their test.

If symptoms arise, they should get a second test.

People in other areas of the club at that time are considered casual contacts and must monitor for symptoms and get tested if they develop.

Anyone who has visited the following locations should monitor for symptoms and be tested immediately if they develop:

4 Pines Manly Brew Bar The Esplanade – August 23 from 3.30pm to 5pm Magpies Waitara restaurant – August 24 from 11.30am to 1:15pm Destro’s Pharmacy in Drummoyne – August 22 from 11.20am to 11.40am Fitness First Balgowlah – August 23 from 9am to 12pm
Fitness First Bond St – August 20 from 12pm to 4.30pm and August 21 The gaming areas of City Tattersalls - August 24
PRP Diagnostic Imaging in Hornsby - August 24 from 10am to 11.15am
Harris Farm in Willoughby - August 22 from 4pm to 5pm

A new case, which will be reflected in Friday’s numbers, worked at David Jones Elizabeth Street food court while infectious, but he did not have contact with the public.

Another new case travelled on the following trains and other commuters should monitor for symptoms:

August 24 - Sydney-bound train, departing Woy Woy station at 6.31am, arriving Wynyard station at 7.50am, and northbound train, departing Town Hall station at 5.31pm, arriving Woy Woy station at 6.54pm August 25 - Sydney-bound train, departing Woy Woy station at 6.31am, arriving Gordon station at 7.21am, and northbound train, departing Hornsby station at 7.53am, arriving Woy Woy station at 8.28am

NSW Health is working with City Tattersalls to identify and contact people considered close contacts.

Some people at the Fitness First gyms are also considered close contacts who must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days. NSW Health is working to contact them too.

“While case numbers have remained low in the past two weeks, the virus continues to circulate in the community and we must all be vigilant,” Dr McAnulty said.

“It is vital that high rates of testing continue in order to find the source of the cases still under investigation and to identify and stop further spread of the virus.”

There are 74 cases of COVID-19 being treated by NSW Health. Of those, six are in intensive care and four are ventilated.

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