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Contact tracing for Sydney cabbie

  

NSW recorded two new cases yesterday, with the death of a man in his 70s raising the state’s death toll to 55.

  

One of those new cases was a returned traveller in quarantine, with the other being a Sydney taxi driver.

  

Health authorities are trying to trace the contacts of that driver, who worked for eight days while infectious and visited several locations in Sydney and the NSW South Coast.

  

Reporter Alexia Attwood gave an update on ABC News Breakfast this morning:

  

“This taxi driver happens to have picked up coronavirus at the Liverpool Hospital and we understand he drove for 8 to 10 days while infectious [and] travelled around Western Sydney and south-western Sydney,” she said.

  

“So NSW Health is working with 13 Cabs try to try to identify all those passengers who may have been in a taxi with him and at risk of catching coronavirus.

   

“The taxi driver also visited several establishments across Sydney and down on the south coast.

   

“That’s restaurants, golf clubs, service clubs, so anyone who’s considered a close contact who was at that venue for over an hour is going to have to go into isolation for 14 days.”

   

People are considered a close contact of the taxi driver, and must seek testing and immediately isolate, if they spent more than an hour at:

  

  • Campbelltown Golf Club, Glen Alpine on September 16 from 2:00pm-4:30pm
  • Milton Ulladulla Ex Servos Club on 12 September 12 from 2:00pm-6:15pm
  • Carlo’s Italian Restaurante Bar & Seafood, Ulladulla on September 12 from 8:00pm-9:30pm
  • Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill, Mollymook on September 13, 12:30pm-2:15pm
  • Mama Wok, MacArthur Square Campbelltown on September 9, from 1:30pm-2:30pm

“They must stay isolated for the entire period, even if a negative test result is received,” NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said.

  

Anyone who visited the venues for less than an hour is considered a casual contact, which means they need to monitor for symptoms including a fever, dry cough or tiredness.

  

In addition to the above, people should monitor for symptoms if they visited:

  

  • Picnic Point Bowling Club on September 18 from 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Campbelltown Golf Club on September 16 from 9:30am-2:00pm
  • Wray St Oyster Shed Batemans Bay on September 12 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

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