The department is in the process of contacting all close contacts, who must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of test results.
“Some people will be managed as close contacts,” the spokeswoman said. “NSW Health will contact everyone directly to provide tailored advice depending on their exposure.”
Anyone who visited the A2Z Medical Centre between Tuesday, September 29, and Saturday, October 10, is considered a close contact, NSW Health said on Monday night. They must be tested immediately and isolate for 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.
Anyone who went to the medical centre from Friday, September 25, to Monday, September 28, should get tested immediately.
When asked earlier in the day how many staff and patients were affected, the spokeswoman said investigations were ongoing.
It remains unclear whether the cases were linked to the Liverpool private health clinic cluster, which, as of Monday morning, included eight cases.
Also, anyone who attended the Ali Dine Inn and Take Away in Lakemba on Friday, October 9, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, is considered a close contact, NSW Health said on Monday night. They must be tested immediately and isolate for 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.
In addition, anyone who attended ISRA Medical practice from 6pm on Monday, October 5, to 6am on Tuesday, October 6, is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop. They must remain in isolation until a negative test result is received.
People who attended other venues in Lakemba and caught trains at particular times were considered casual contacts and asked to monitor for symptoms.
People who spent more than an hour in the Ingleburn Hotel Bar Room in Ingleburn between 3pm and 6pm on Sunday, October 4, have also been directed to self-isolate for 14 days and get tested, after the venue was visited by confirmed cases.
Earlier on Monday the mayor of Liverpool, the area home to the city’s two growing coronavirus clusters, said she was extremely concerned about the spread of the virus in her community after locals were not wearing masks on the weekend.
Wendy Waller told Today her local residents “have been doing their best” to follow guidance from NSW Health, but she believes fatigue has set in.
“Yesterday when I did my shopping locally, I was the only one wearing a mask yet a month ago everybody was wearing a mask,” Cr Waller said.
“So I think we have to be careful, even though it’s frustrating … this is a very contagious disease and we have to continue to be preventative in what we’re doing.”
While more than 2.8 million tests have been done in NSW, on Sunday 7391 were reported, down from 12,823 the day before.
“These testing numbers are much lower than we would like,” NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Jeremy McAnulty said, urging people to come forward for testing if they had even the mildest of symptoms.
“This is important throughout the state but particularly important in the western and south-western Sydney areas,” he said.
NSW Health has opened a pop-up testing clinic at Lakemba Uniting Church, which will be open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday.
The ongoing uncovering of cases in western Sydney came as the Prime Minister accused Queensland’s Deputy Premier of treating politics like television over the state’s tough border stance.
“And I just see what some politicians like this character [Deputy Premier Steven Miles]. They just treat it like it’s some sort of reality television show. It’s not. It’s really serious: people’s lives and livelihoods in the middle of a COVID-19 recession,” Scott Morrison told 4BC.
Mr Miles, who is also Queensland’s Health Minister, retorted by accusing Mr Morrison of only visiting Queensland this week to continue his “co-ordinated effort” with the Queensland LNP to reopen the interstate border as soon as possible.
Under Queensland’s border rules, the state will not reopen to NSW or Victoria unless the states go for 28 days without a locally acquired case of COVID-19 that has an unknown source.
With Matt Bungard and Toby Crockford
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