People who visited Wollongong Central, two Wollongong churches and stores in Figtree Grove may have been exposed to the newest local COVID-19 case.
In an alert issued late on Tuesday afternoon, NSW Health listed a number of venues where the case visited between December 21 and December 27.
Additionally, in a post on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon, GPT said it had received notification from NSW Health that a customer who visited Wollongong Central in the days before Christmas had tested positive for coronavirus..
"The NSW Health Department advise that the affected individual was present within City Beach, Coles, Hero Sushi, JB Hi-Fi and Strandbags on Wednesday, December 23 between 3.30pm to 4pm," the centre management said.
"As a result, NSW Health has stated that if you have been within any of these stores during the above time and date you are deemed a casual contact.
"You must get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result."
It said each store would temporarily close to conduct comprehensive cleaning.
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"Centre Management continues to monitor the situation and will work with the relevant health authorities and governing bodies to follow all advice and guidance issued with regards to COVID-19," the post said.
NSW Health revealed there had been a Wollongong case identified overnight on Tuesday morning, saying interviews were still being conducted about that person's whereabouts in the days when they were infectious.
It issued an alert for several venues in Wollongong and Figtree late on Tuesday afternoon.
This alert said anyone who visited Wollongong Central - not just the specific stores mentioned by GPT - between 3.30 and 4pm was considered a casual contact who must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.
Anyone who visited St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church at 39 Atchison St on the day after Boxing Day (December 27) between 9am-10.15am and The Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Wollongong on the same day between 10.30-11am must get tested immediately and self-isolate until they receive further advice from NSW Health.
Anyone who visited Figtree Grove Shopping Centre on December 21, 12.30pm-1.30pm, December 238.45am-9am and December 24 from 6.45am-9.30am is considered a casual contact who must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.
Additionally, anyone who visited Proust Optical Figtree on December 21, 9.30-5pm and December 23 9.30am-2pm is considered a casual contact. Close contacts from this venue will be contacted by NSW Health.
Wollongong testing clinics:
- Wollongong Hospital, Lawson House, Loftus Street, Wollongong - open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-4.30pm
- Wollongong 4Cyte Pathology drive-through, 406 Crown St, Wollongong - open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 11am-2pm, Sunday 10am-1pm
- Wollongong Laverty Pathology drive-through, 138-142 Kembla St, Wollongong - open Monday to Friday 8am-4pm
- Balgownie Laverty Pathology, Shop 5, 145 Balgownie Rd, Balgownie - open Monday to Friday 12.30pm-4pm
NSW Health urges anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat to get tested.
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