Covid-19 Australia: Coles, Woolworths, Kmart and Officeworks on list of Covid exposure sites in Sydney

Sydneysiders are on high alert after a number of Covid exposure sites were revealed on Saturday night with a pizzeria and an Officeworks listed as close contact locations.

A stay-at-home order was also issued on Saturday night for anyone in New South Wales who has visited 11 LGAs in Queensland since 21 July.

The affected LGAs are: Brisbane City, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

Everyone in the same household must also follow the stay-at-home rules and only leave the house with a reasonable excuse.

People should only leave their residence with a reasonable excuse, such as shopping, medical care, family care, outdoor sports with a member of your household or another person, and work or education, if you cannot do it from home.

Other affected locations include locations in the Canterbury-Bankstown area, including supermarkets, pharmacies and bakeries. The Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney continues to plague the Southwest.

NSW Health has issued a close contact warning for customers who attended Mancini’s Original Woodfired Pizza in Belfield between July 18 and July 24. They should be tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative result.

Anyone who visited Officeworks in High Street, Penrith, on 26th July from 12pm-5pm is considered a close contact

Anyone who visited Officeworks in High Street, Penrith, on 26th July from 12pm-5pm is considered a close contact

The same rules apply to shoppers at a Penrith Officeworks on High Street, with shoppers who visited the store between 12 noon and 5 pm on Monday 26 July are now considered close contacts.

Several other locations in Southwest Sydney were listed as casual contact locations, including Wattle Grove Coles, Rainbow Cakes Strathfield, Blacktown Kmart and Cincotta Chemist in Campsie.

Bankstown recorded three incidental contact locations in a Woolworths at Centro mall on July 30, Priceline Pharmacy on July 28, and Suhhtan Pizza Bakery on July 23.

Those who have visited the affected sites at the stated times should immediately undergo testing and isolation until they receive a negative result.

The warning comes as 210 new local cases were registered overnight, 21 of which were contagious within the community, as contact tracers scramble to contain the state’s latest deadly Covid-19 outbreak.

A spike in new cases prompted Gladys Berejiklian to announce an entire stadium would be set up to boost the state’s vaccination coverage and 1,000 police and soldiers have been called in to enforce the lockdown of Sydney, which is now more than a month has passed.

Latest Covid Exposure Sites in NSW

Anyone who has visited the following locations at the times listed is a close contact and must be tested and isolated for 14 days regardless of the outcome.

Belfield, Mancini’s Original Wood Fired Pizza, 21 Burwood Road. Sunday 18 July to Saturday 24 July. ALL DAY.

Penrith, Officeworks, 273 High Street. Monday, July 26 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Anyone who has visited the following locations at the times listed is an informal contact who should be immediately tested and isolated until a negative result is received.

Fairfield, every day at Fairfield, 109 Sackville Street. Thursday, July 15 from 4pm to 4.10pm.

Wattle Grove, Coles, Village Way. Friday, July 23, 10:25 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Bankstown, Suhhtan Pizza Bakery, 226 Chapel Road. Friday 23 July 12.20 am to 12.25 pm

Strathfield, Rainbow Cakes, 2 Churchill Ave. Saturday, July 24, 10am-11am.

Blacktown, Kmart, 28 Patrick Street. Saturday, July 24, 5:40 PM to 5:45 PM.

Bankstown, Priceline Pharmacy, 1 North Terrace. Wednesday 28 July 12.45 pm to 1.05 pm.

Campsie, Cincotta Pharmacy, 157 – 159 Beamish Street. Friday, July 30, 4.40 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.

Bankstown, Woolworths Bankstown Centro shopping centre, Lady Cutler Avenue. Friday 30 July 8 am to 9.10 am

Of the 210 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases on record, 152 of those cases may have been active in the community while contagious.

‘By far the most’ new cases were still being diagnosed in the south west and west of Sydney, Mr Hazzard told reporters.

The minister emphasized the dangers of the Delta tribe to young people, with just under two-thirds of new cases (138) under the age of 40.

Young people are also hospitalized, he said.

Of the 53 people in intensive care, six are in their twenties, four in their thirties, one in their forties, 18 in their fifties, 14 in their sixties, nine in their seventies and one in their eighties.

Non-emergency elective surgery has been canceled but Mr Hazzard said a number of procedures will instead be handled by the private health system.

Greater Sydney and surrounding regions will be on lockdown until at least August 28 as authorities battle to contain the Delta outbreak.

Saturday marked the return of the construction industry after a two-week forced break, with work allowed to resume in unoccupied sites, provided COVID-safe plans are in place.

But the sector said it will not be able to call on 68,000 workers – or 42 percent of the workforce – from eight municipal areas hardest hit by the city’s coronavirus outbreak.

Australian Constructors Association CEO Jon Davies said many construction sites will struggle to reopen at the end of the industry’s two-week shutdown, with more than half of the workforce in the locked LGAs.