An urgent health warning has been issued for 2,500 A-League fans after a positive coronavirus case attended a Newcastle Jets match, as well as five pubs over three days.
Soccer fans who were at McDonald’s Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow, about two hours north of Sydney, from 7.30pm on Sunday have been told to watch for COVID-19 symptoms and are required to self-isolate if symptoms appear.
The warning comes after a man in his 20s from Newcastle in New South Wales tested positive to coronavirus. He is a close contact of a teenager who was identified as a positive case on Wednesday.
NSW is battling at least 104 active coronavirus cases, causing fears it is heading towards an out-of-control second wave of infections as seen in Victoria.
There were 12 new coronavirus infections reported in NSW on Thursday, with two under investigation and 10 linked to known clusters.
The new positive coronavirus case in the Newcastle area visited five popular pubs over three days, as well as the stadium.
Revellers who attended three of the venues over the same time period are required to get a COVID-19 test and immediately self-isolate for 14 days.
The man visited Bennett Hotel in Hamilton from 5.30pm to 10pm on Friday July 31, before moving to Greenroof Hotel, also in Hamilton, from 10pm to midnight.
The third venue for immediate self-isolation is the sports bar at Wests New Lambton, with the positive case visiting from 5pm to 7.30pm on Sunday August 2.
‘The venues have been notified and are undergoing cleaning. Contact tracing is underway,’ a statement read.
Health authorities are also urging patrons who visited the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle from 9.30pm to 11pm on Saturday August 1 and the Sydney Junction Hotel in Hamilton from midnight to 1.30am on Sunday August 2 to be alert for symptoms.
‘If any [symptoms] develop get tested and self-isolate immediately,’ the health advice said.
Dr Kat Taylor, Public Health Controller for Hunter New England Health’s COVID-19 response said they are working to identify any further contacts or venues of the two positive coronavirus cases in the Newcastle area.
‘It is vital people in the community continue to present for testing if experiencing symptoms to limit the spread of the virus,’ she said.
‘I encourage everyone to follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing, coughing or sneezing into their elbow, and regularly washing their hands.’
With the identification of additional coronavirus cases in the Newcastle area, the Hunter New England Local Health District is expecting an increase in the demand for testing.
Dr Taylor said the district has enhanced their local testing capability to best serve the community.
‘In addition to expanding our call centre capacity and the number of phone lines available to improve booking wait times, we will extend hours and capacity at a number of local clinics,’ she said.
‘However, please be patient if visiting a clinic or calling for a booking. We have thousands of testing opportunities throughout the course of today and will see people as quickly as possible.’
The district reported the positive coronavirus case of a male teenager on Wednesday.
Anyone who attended St Pius X High School in Adamstown on Monday August 3 is required to keep an eye out for coronavirus symptoms.
He caught the number 26 bus to school that day and all commuters who were on the bus are in self-isolation.
The teenager is also a member of the Newcastle Jets under 15s representative squad. He played a game at Arlington Oval in Dulwich Hill, Sydney’s inner-west, on Saturday August 1.
His teammates and players in the opposition – the Stanmore Hawks – are considered close contacts and are in two-week isolation.
NSW Health on Thursday said there are 10 coronavirus patients in intensive care, with four on ventilators.
Of the 10 cases linked to known clusters, one attended the Apollo Restaurant in Potts Point, one attended the Mounties club in Mount Pritchard and eight are household contacts of known cases.