Sydney hotel cluster grows, leaving state at crossroads

A coronavirus cluster in a Casula hotel continues to grow, with as many as nine testing positive and an unknown number forced to isolate.

 

 

The poetically named Crossroads Hotel has been tied to a coronavirus cluster in New South Wales, with as many as nine linked to the virus. An 18-year-old staff member, a Victorian twentysomething and a woman in her forties who visited the pub in Casula have since tested positive.

According to health administrators, everyone who walked through the doors of establishment between the 3rd and 10th of July must now self-isolate.

The New South Wales chief health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said the original case was unknown. “We do not think the staff member was the source,” she told reporters on Sunday.

Chant said all visitors and staff should be tested as a precaution and self-isolate for 14 days from their last visit. “A negative result does not mean you can breach self-isolation,” she warned.

Casula’s Planet Fitness gym confirmed on Sunday that a member had returned a positive test for coronavirus.

 

Berejiklian said the state was on high alert for community transmission.

 

According to a letter obtained by Fairfax, the gym has since been closed and is being disinfected. “The member has not been at the club since Friday 10 July, and is in quarantine,” the gym’s letter to members said.

Elsewhere, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that the state will begin charging international arrivals for their mandatory quarantine period.

Per Fairfax, “From Saturday, for all arrivals on tickets bought from midnight Monday, the first adult in each party will be charged $3,000. Subsequent adults will be billed $1,000 and children $500, but those under three will be free. Some people will be exempt.”

Berejiklian said the state was on high alert for community transmission.

“I get extremely concerned and upset when we see people flouting the rules that are in place because that will take us down the path of Victoria,” she said. “If you wake up with a scratchy throat, don’t go to work. Get tested and stay home.”

The pub outbreak highlighted the importance of businesses recording contact details for every sit-down customer and the public taking the measures seriously…when you do go into cafes, restaurants and other facilities, there is a reason we ask you for those details…please use correct numbers write legibly because this will be in your best interest,” Chant said.

 

 

 

 

 

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