COVID-19 traced from Parramatta

GET tested for COVID-19 is a key message for the Parramatta council area from NSW Health with Minister Brad Hazzard urging the public “to be truthful” as 11 new cases have emerged across Sydney.

The latest NSW Health COVID-19 guideline includes those who live, work, or visiting Parramatta and nearby suburbs and recently attended the following venues to go for immediate testing and remain in isolation until they are found negative:

  • Ace Tutoring, 25 George St, Parramatta on Saturday, 10 October from 9.30 am to 1.20 pm;
  • Fitness First, Pennant Hills Rd, Carlingford on Saturday, 3 October from 8 am to 9.15 am;
  • Chemist Warehouse, Rawson St, Epping on Tuesday, October 6; and
  • Westfield Shopping Centre, Church St, Parramatta on 5, 6 and 7 October.

The confirmed cases took public transport at public transport stations on the following time
and date:

  • Parramatta Train Station on Saturday, October 10 at 1 pm-1.40 pm.
  • Parramatta Train Station on Tuesday, October 6 at 4.50 pm to 5.02 pm.
  • Parramatta Train Station on Sunday, October 4 at 2.41 pm to 3.31 pm.
  • Parramatta Train Station on Saturday, 3 October from 7.13 pm to 8.04 pm.
  • Bus No. 550 on Tuesday, October 6 at Epping Station on Beecroft Rd from 5.08 pm to
    5.41 pm.

NSW Health is contacting those who attended the Fitness First Pilates class at Carlingford because they were considered close contacts and must immediately get tested.

Nearby suburbs with confirmed cases included Auburn where a person has tested positive after attending the Al-Jabr mathematics tutoring class at 37 Queen St on Thursday, October 8 from 4.30 pm to 8.45 pm and on Sunday, October 11 between 10 am to 2.30 pm.

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At Westfield Mt Druitt on Carlisle Avenue, a case was confirmed on Monday, October 12
with the infected person attending the venue from 11.30 am till 1 pm.

Mr Hazzard said there are concerns over a drop in the number of people going for tests and appealed to the community to come forward and “be truthful” even for the mildest symptoms to prevent an outbreak.

“To try and manage COVID-19 on behalf of our community we really need the entire community to be with us in this journey,” Mr Hazzard said. ‘One of the ongoing problems we have is that people are not telling us the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

Testing on Tuesday, October 13 recorded only 15,802 persons and 16,021 persons on Wednesday, showing a drop of over 200 persons when health officials are expecting increased testing numbers as new cases are confirmed.

Mr Hazzard said the NSW government would consider easing restrictions further but the public must cooperate with testing to assess the infection spread.

Outdoor gatherings for up to 500 people for entertainment purposes has been allowed under Public Health Order No. 5 taking effect on October 12.

Western Sydney has 12 confirmed cases and 38,372 people have been tested since the start of the pandemic.

On August 12, one person has tested positive after attending the Parramatta Local Court which was immediately cleaned out and the person’s close contacts identified.

On August 17, NSW Health has identified six cases traced at Our Lady of Mercy School in Parramatta.

Another positive case was confirmed at Our Lady of Lebanon Church at Harris Park. The case has been identified as a family member of one of the priests at the church which has remained closed for services.

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