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A Batemans Bay supermarket, post office and liquor barn are on the list

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Three Batemans Bay venues have been listed as exposure sites after a second local COVID case was detected yesterday and will be included in today's official figures.

The exposures span two days - Friday, September 3rd, and the following day Saturday, September 4th.

Anyone who attended the Batemans Bay Woolworths from 8am to 9am on September 3, or 8am to 9.30am the following day, the post office between 9am and 9.10am on September 4, or Dan Murphy's between 9am and 10am the same day is listed as a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is returned.


NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said Batemans Bay's second COVID case was a close contact of the first case detected a couple of days earlier.

However he said contact tracing had been difficult because individuals had been uncooperative, which had delayed identifying potential exposure sites.

"Individuals aren't being cooperative, I can't say any more than that, but at least the case this morning is a close contact, so that gives us some level of comfort , but it remains very, very complex," Mr Barilaro said.

"The level of movement that occurred, no registration of where they had been, not cooperative in relation to telling us their movements, or who they may have been in contact with, and that makes it very, very difficult."

Mr Barilaro said the Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, had specific powers when it came to people who refused to assist health officials, including quarantine and getting police involved.

"Everything's been tried here and they'll continue to do that, and I hope at some point we get more answers," he said.

While he understood the level of community anxiety with Batemans Bay, Mr Barilaro said it was comforting the only other detection was "a very close contact" of the first case.

"Which means maybe, just maybe, there hasn't been any other exposure, but it's still early days," he said.

Additonal testing clinics open in Bega Valley

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 The South East ticked over 100 active cases of COVID-19 on Monday (October 11) after four new cases were recorded.

One new case was reported in batemans bay, one in Bega, one in Jindabyne and one in Crakenback.

Venues of concern have been identifiedin Cooma and Thredbo with three venues of concern in Bega and six in Eden.

The students and staff identified as contacts at Wolulmla Public School have been notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period.

The school has been thoroughly cleaned and will be reopen on Tuesday (October 12) after it was made non-operational on October 9, due to a 'member of the school community' who tested positive to the virus.

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More pop-up COVID Testing Clinic are opening in the Bega Valley this week.

The Old Bega Racecourse clinic is open today and tomorrow 8am until 4pm.

Pambula hospital is open Wednesday and Friday 9am until 1pm.

The Eden carpark at Twofold Arcade is open today and tomorrow 9am until 1pm.

However the testing clinic at South East Regional Hospital in Bega will be closed while the Eden pop up clinic is open.

Find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic HERE

Bega COVID testing clinic moved

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Southern NSW local Health have moved the COVID-19 testing clinic from the Old Racecourse in Bega back to South East Regional hospital due to the wet weather.

Testing will be available at the clinic based at the hospital in Bega on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 2pm.

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No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on the South Coast, however fragments of the virus were detected in the sewage at Bermagui yesterday.

The Bermagui community should monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

Bega Valley lockdown to be lifted

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The Bega Valley and Snowy Monaro Shires will be lifted out of lockdown from 1pm today (Thursday 16 September).

The Eurobodalla remains in lockdown with a total of six active cases. Five cases in Batemans Bay and one case in Catalina.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance has confirmed the Bega Valley Shire will no longer be in a state of lockdown, instead reverting back to previous restrictions.

The announcement was reiterated by Deputy Premier John Barilaro after Southern NSW Local Health District confirmed on Wednesday afternoon (September 15), two previously reported cases of COVID-19 in Merimbula were found to be false positives.

The Public Health Unit reclassified the results of both cases as false positive after further tests returned negative results for COVID-19.

"This is an important step given there are no active or recorded cases in the Bega Valley Shire," Mr Constance said.

The health advice is that close and casual contacts of the previously reported COVID-19 cases no longer need to isolate.

The Health District would like the Merimbula community to remain vigilant given recent positive sewage tests and the growing number of COVID-19 cases in neighbouring areas.

The Bermagui and Narooma communities are urged to get tested with even the mildest of symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage systems in the last 48 hours.

Case linked to Southern Meats Goulburn

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Southern NSW Local Health District is working with Southern Meats Goulburn to identify close and casual contacts following confirmation of a COVID-19 case linked to the abattoir on Tuesday.

It is the second case linked to the abattoir in three months.

The new case will be included in Wednesday’s numbers.

In Canberra, Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed on Tuesday, lockdown has been extended by four weeks in the ACT until October 15.

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The extension comes as the territory recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, two new cases were recorded in the Shoalhaven on Tuesday, two cases in Karabar (Queanbeyan), one in Yass and one new case in the Eurobodalla.

All cases are isolating at home.

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There are no venues of concern for the Karabar or Batemans Bay cases at this stage.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro confirmed the new positive case has been detected in Batemans Bay and said it is linked to an existing case.

"What I've been told, there are, at this stage, no exposures from these two cases in Queanbeyan and that will be the same in Batemans Bay," the Deputy Premier said.

"What I've been told is it's a close contact of a previous case," he continued.

"Is there more to be said? Possibly but at this stage on the information we've been given, we sort of, leave it."

Southern NSW Health District confirmed via a press release, the Batemans Bay case is linked to previous cases in Batemans Bay.

This brings the total number of active COVID cases in Batemans Bay to four with two cases in Cooma and two in Merimbula.

When asked about the possibility of false positive cases in Merimbula, Mr Barilaro said there was a small chance the cases in Merimbula were a false positive, and a further round of tests are being conducted.

Find your nearest testing clinic HERE.

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Changes to NSW roadmap to reopening

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NSW will take its first steps towards reopening as the state passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target.

With the first vaccination milestone being reached, the NSW Government is also easing a number of restrictions as part of the Reopening NSW roadmap, which will allow fully vaccinated adults to enjoy more freedoms from next Monday, October 11.

The changes to the 70 per cent roadmap will allow up to 10 visitors (not counting children 12 and under) to a home (previously five), lift the cap on outdoor gatherings to 30 people (previously 20), and increase the cap for weddings and funerals to 100 people (previously 50). 

Indoor pools will also be re-opened for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming, and rehab activities.

On the Monday after the State clears the 80 per cent double vaccination hurdle further restrictions will be relaxed, with people able to have up to 20 visitors (excluding children 12 and under) to a home (previously 10), and up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outdoors (previously 20).

Up to 3,000 people will be allowed to attend controlled and ticketed outdoor events (previously 500), nightclubs will be permitted to reopen for seated drinking only (no dancing), and masks will no longer be required in office buildings. 

All roadmap freedoms at 70 and 80 per cent will continue to be for double dose vaccinated people only.

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All school students in NSW will also now return to on site learning with a range of COVID-safe measures in place by October 25, with the second and third stages of the return to school plan now combined. Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students will still return to face-to-face learning on October 18, with all other years now returning one week later on October 25.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the common-sense changes would help life return to normal as soon as possible.

“Vaccinations are the key to life returning to normal and the changes today will help family and friends reconnect, get kids back to school and get businesses back up and running sooner,” Mr Perrottet said.

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“NSW is putting in the hard yards and it’s important people continue to turn out in droves to be vaccinated.”

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said workers in regional areas who have received one vaccination dose will be permitted to return to their workplace from October 11 and will be given a grace period until November 1 to receive their second dose.

Regional areas are those outside Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast.

“This move ensures we get businesses in the regions re-open and local economies buzzing again. It's about ensuring we make this a roadmap that works for everyone,” Mr Toole said.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said these changes would help get more people back into work, especially in Western Sydney.

“We’re on the road back to normal and most importantly reaching these vaccination targets means people can reunite with family and friends, celebrate key moments in their lives and businesses can open their doors and get back to work in a safe way,” Mr Ayres said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said NSW residents 12-years-old and over have led the charge to get vaccinated and ensure NSW is among the safest places in the world.

“Getting to 70 per cent double dose is a badge of honour for every fully vaccinated NSW citizen to wear proudly but we can do so much more and 90 per cent is within our grasp,” Mr Hazzard said.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said schools were ready to welcome students back.

“The return remains safe and sensible with enough time for schools to prepare for a faster return of students over two weeks instead of three,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Principals have received detailed guidance and checklists of everything required to ensure COVID-safe settings in their school. Parents and carers will also receive a detailed guide today and more specific information from their school in the coming days.”

If you are not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine, please book an appointment as soon possible.

Note also that as the stay-at-home orders will be lifted next Monday and replaced by the roadmap settings, the list of Local Government Areas of concern will cease to exist.

Images: East Coast Radio, White 77 / Pixabay, Google Maps

COVID case in Batemans Bay to be confirmed today

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COVID's delta virus has arrived in the Eurobodalla, with a case detected in Batemans Bay.

It was not included in the official figures announced yesterday by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian as the positive test result came through after 8pm Sunday, but it will be included in today's figures.

Bega MP Andrew Constance took to social media to announce the case, and urged everyone in the region to take all possible precautions to keep themselves safe.

"There is no doubt this is spreading to our region, which is bad news for us all, so could we please just ensure extra vigilance," he said.

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"It's vitally important that we all look for the signs, and any sign of a cold or a fever please go get tested," Mr Constance said.

"At the same time please everybody get vaccinated.

"We are in lockdown for a reason so please, whatever you do, minimise your travel, please be vigilant, and get tested, get vaccinated, and wait for the public health announcements which are going to follow later today," he said.

Mr Constance said the Batemans Bay case was one of several in the Southern NSW Local Health District.

"We're now obviously going to see the Health Department and Public Health Units do the necessary contract tracing with those who've been infected," he said.

Image: Andrew Constance MP Facebook

COVID traces found in Eden sewage

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There was no new cases of COVID recorded on the South Coast over the weekend however NSW Health has advised that fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been detected at the Eden sewage treatment plant.

The sample was taken on 8 and 9 September and is the first detection at the Eden sewage treatment plant. 

Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick said more undetected COVID-19 cases within the Bega Valley Shire remains a strong possibility.

“As more fragments are found, the possibility of there being unknown local cases increases, and we have already had two positive cases in Merimbula,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.

“If you live in Eden or the surrounding areas, or in fact anywhere in the shire, and you have the slightest hint of cold-like symptoms, you need to get tested.

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“This means if you are experiencing symptoms such as headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever, you must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.”

The Eden sewage treatment plant serves approximately 3000 people.

Council is sending samples from the sewage treatment plants in Eden, Bermagui, Merimbula and Bega, twice weekly to NSW Health for testing.

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging the Eden community to get tested with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage systems in the last 48 hours.

Meanwhile, a new exposure site has been identified in the Bega Valley.

Anyone who visited the Merimbula Caltex on Tuesday September 7 between 9am and 9:25am or Friday September 3 between 11:50am and 12.05am, is urged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative test is received.

Testing facilities and hours can be found at www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19-testing

COVID-19 cases and venues of concern are published on the Southern NSW Local Health District website at www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19-venues-of-concern

For the latest COVID-19 updates and advice, go to www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

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COVID-19 health alert for Tathra venues of concern

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NSW Health has been notified of a number of new casual contact venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID 19.

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed here, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

NSW Health has provided the following information -  

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Friday 1 October 2021, 7:20pm to 9:20pm

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Saturday 2 October 2021, 3:45pm to 4:45pm

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Sunday 3 October 2021, 8:45am to 9:15am

Saturday 2 October 2021, 8:50am to 9:20am

Friday 1 October 2021, 9:35am to 10:05am

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Saturday 2 October 2021, 6:15am to 7:45pm

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Double vaccinated adults can meet from today

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No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on the South Coast with 1,257 new locally acquired cases across the state in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

78.5% of the eligible population in NSW have received a single vaccination, while 46.2% have had a double dose.

As of Monday September 13, up to five double vaccinated adults who live outside the 12 Sydney COVID-19 hotspots areas can gather outdoors within the same Local Government Area or within five kilometres of their home.

Adults who have had both doses will be able to come together to meet in an outdoor public space although they will need to carry proof of their vaccinations with them.

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A digital certificate can be accessed via an individual's MyGov account, once they have been vaccinated.

Children under the age of 12 will be allowed to join the five adults, without being included in that number of five.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the people of NSW need to remain vigilant with testing and getting vaccinated. 

"Today there has been some easing of restrictions since we passed that six million jab number," the Premier said. 

"But it's way to early for any of us to get complacent, do not let your guard down, because any event that we don't anticiapte or expect could see a major set back and none of us want to see that happen."

The Australian Vaccination program has opened to children aged 12 and above from Monday September 13, who will be able to make a booking with their GP or via a commonwealth vaccination clinic for the Pfizer Vaccine, or as of next week, the Moderna vaccine.

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Eden Monaro rolls up sleeves to get vaccinated

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Vaccination rates in the South East are among the best in the state.

Every Local Government Area in the Eden Monaro has hit at least 70% of single dose vaccines, with the Bega Valley recording 80% and the Eurobodalla reaching 85%.

While 52% of the eligible population in the Eurobodalla, and 53% of those in the Bega Valley, have had a double dose and will be able to take advantage of the easing of restrictions that came into effect yesterday, to allow 5 double vaccinated adults to gather within the same LGA.

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Across the state, 78.8% of New South Wales has received a single dose with 46.5% having a double dose. 

Member for Eden Monaro, Kristy McBain said it was a great reflection on how residents in the South East are doing there bit.

"It is really pleasing to see so many people getting their vaccinations because there are some people in our community who will not be able to be vaccinated because of underlying medical conditions," Ms McBain said.  

"The more of us who are taking up that option obviously keep those in our community that can't have the vaccination safer as well."

Eurobodalla records first COVID death

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NSW Health has reported the death of a woman in her 70's at her home in Batemans Bay after contracting COVID-19, which is the first death from the virus recorded in the Eurobodalla Shire.

The woman had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine but had only received the second dose shortly before her death.

She had underlying health conditions and was diagnosed with COVID-19 after she had died.

Southern NSW Local Health District and NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to the woman’s loved ones.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, broke the news via Facebook on Wednesday morning (September 29).

"Today will be a sad day as the virus is now leading to the loss of life within our wonderful community," Mr Constance said.

"I am very serious about the pain this insidious virus is going to continue to bring for individuals, loved ones and our people," he said.

"It is a very sad time and my thoughts are with those suffering."

Mr Constance told East Coast Radio it's a worrying situation for the South Coast community.

"I was advised yesterday by the health district CEO that we had seem someone succumb to the virus," Mr Constance said.

"Obviously our thoughts are with everyone who has been directly affected," he said.

"I think it's really important that the community continue to brace itself for more bad news.

"We're also seeing, unfortunately now, people being hospitalised, so it's an important time to thank our nurses, our doctors and our paramedics, who are on the front line of the disease."

In regards to the Eurobodalla coming out of lockdown on October 11 as announced by Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Mr Constance said that would hopefully still be the case.

"We have a roadmap which takes us to December 1, and it is based on the best advice possible to manage our health system and attempt to keep people safe,"

"I know everyone is starting to get confused and frustrated but we must stage the release of restrictions to mitigate against the virus impact.

As of Wednesday (9:15am September 29) there are 23 active cases of COVID-19 in Batemans Bay with 1 active case in Narooma.

"Please continue to get vaccinated, tested and minimise your travel."

Five new cases in the Eurobodalla

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Of the 787 new COVID cases across NSW to 8pm last night, Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of nine new cases, with five in Batemans Bay. 

This brings the total cases in SNSWLHD to 118 since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Of the nine new cases, five are in Batemans Bay and four in Queanbeyan.

Four of the Batemans Bay cases are linked to known cases while one is under investigation.

Meanwhile, 60% of over 16's in NSW have now had a double dose of COVID vaccine.

The NSW Premier has revealed the roadmap out of lockdown, marking October 11 as the date the state will hit 70%.

The majority of freedoms will be returned when the state reaches 80%, likely to be late October, including regional travel across the state (which was originally slated to come into effect at 70%) and community sport.

See the full list of 80% freedoms listed below:

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Four new cases in the Eurobodalla

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The South Coast has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 and one death, with 18 new cases reported in Southern NSW by the Local Health District (SNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

This brings the total cases in SNSWLHD to 150 since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Of the 18 new cases:

· One new case is in Narooma and is under investigation.

· One new case is in Dalmeny and is under investigation.

· Two new cases are in Batemans Bay (Catalina & Surfside) and are linked to known cases.

· One new case is in Cooma and is under investigation.

· One new case is in Jindabyne and is under investigation.

· Two new cases are in Goulburn and are under investigation.

· Nine new cases are in Queanbeyan - five are linked to known cases and four are under investigation.

· One new case is in Googong and is under investigation.

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The Jindabyne case reported today works at Thredbo resort.

He has worked and been active in the community (including at hospitality and retail venues) for 6 days while infectious.

Contact tracing is underway. He has no known source.

Sadly, NSW Health is today reporting the death of a Batemans Bay woman in her 70s at her home.

The woman had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine but had only received the second dose shortly before her death.

She had underlying health conditions and was diagnosed with COVID-19 after she had died.

SNSWLHD extends its sincere condolences to the woman’s loved ones.

NSW Health has identified two areas in the South East of the state where fragments of the virus have been detected. 

The communities of  Jindabyne and Moruya are asked to come forward and get tested with even the mildest of symptoms. 

SNSWLHD has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW.

A full list of SNSWLHD’s clinic sites and hours is available HERE

Freedom day comes with reduced COVID case information

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet called for changes to the way NSW Health delivered its daily COVID-19 case information on the day he was sworn in as leader last week.

Perrottet directed for the update to be brought forward two hours to 9am and what NSW Health has delivered on day one of the directive has frustrated shadow Health Minister and Member for Keira, Ryan Park.

After providing a variety of detailed information on cases, deaths, LHD numbers and sewage surveillance during the lockdown and before, Health authorities have this morning dished up nothing more than a handful of statistics with no substance.

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Park said the people of NSW need comprehensive information.

"We need a lot more detail than what's currently available.

"Now is not the time to restrict the flow of information to the community.

"We are a long way out of this pandemic and the community deserve a lot better than that," the Shadow Health Minister said.

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Park said he will be seeking advice from the government today why the daily case numbers have been presented the way they have.

"What we don't want the new Premier to do is to underestimate the importance of giving accurate, reliable and consistent information to the community.

"We saw what happened a few days ago when it was all over the place, we can't afford that lack of information to continue over the coming weeks ahead," Park said.

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Friends Bubble created for young people

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Today has brought some good news for young people in lockdown on the South Coast. 

Children and teenagers aged 18 years and under will be able to create a ‘friends bubble’ to allow home visits provided the adults in their homes are double vaccinated, under an easing of restrictions for school holidays.

From 12 noon today, 21 September, people aged 18 years and under who live in stay-at-home areas and areas of concern across NSW will be able to create a bubble of three friends and visit each other’s homes for play and activity, subject to the following conditions: 

  • Each child is allowed to have two designated friends come to their house. These two friends must always be the same, creating a three-person “friends bubble”;
  • All people older than 18 years in all the households must be double vaccinated;
  • The friends must reside within 5km of each other or in the same LGA; and
  • If parents/carers are dropping children off, they must not stay to interact with other parents or carers.

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian said our strong vaccination rate has allowed us to make this change to support the wellbeing of young people.

“Parents and children have had a difficult few months, trying to balance both work, often from home, as well as home schooling,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This change will hopefully make a big difference for families during the school holidays and allow young children and teenagers to catch up and reconnect with their friends.”

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said at all times, the government has tried to strike a balance between the best possible health outcomes, whilst easing the pressures on families and individuals living in lockdown.

“These latest changes are aimed at giving children more opportunities to be together and balances COVID safety with their mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Hazzard said.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell said this change would also benefit older students, allowing them to create a study bubble ahead of the HSC.

“Year 12 students have had a stressful few months, and with the HSC approaching, a study bubble is a great idea to help students maintain motivation, receive support from a classmate and continue their preparation for the upcoming exams,” Ms Mitchell said.

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If you have not booked in for a COVID-19 vaccine please book in as soon as possible.

For the latest information or to book a vaccination appointment visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Lock down remains after two new Merimbula cases

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 Eurobodalla and the Bega Valley will remain in lockdown beyond this week after the region recorded additional COVID cases in the figures released today.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced there had been two cases recorded in Merimbula that had been detected since 8pm last night, and would be added to tomorrow's official figures.

"That's why, in the south-east of the state, in an electorate like Bega, we continue to have the stay at home orders," Mr Barilaro said.

He also said there were two in Batemans Bay and "They were cases that we flagged yesterday."

But while the south-eastern corner of NSW remains in lock down beyond the weekend, some parts of rural and regional NSW will be allowed to open up from Saturday, although they will still be subject to restrictions.

In those areas hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per four square metres inside and one person per two square metres outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside; retail stores can reopen under the one person per four square metres rule; personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per four square metres, capped at five clients per premises; gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per four square metres rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people; and sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Schools will also re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Similar rules have also been proposed state-wide once the 70 per cent double dose vaccination target is reached.

 

 

Merimbula cases confirmed as false positives

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Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, confirmed the Bega Valley's lockdown situation would be reviewed with an announcement made later today (Thursday September 16).

The review comes after Southern NSW Local Health District confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, two previously reported cases of COVID-19 in Merimbula were found to be false positives.

The Public Health Unit reclassified the results of both cases as false positive after further tests returned negative results for COVID-19.

Close and casual contacts of the previously reported COVID-19 cases no longer need to isolate.

The Health District would like the Merimbula community to remain vigilant given recent positive sewage tests and the growing number of COVID-19 cases in neighbouring areas.

The Bermagui and Narooma communities are urged to get tested with even the mildest of symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage systems in the last 48 hours.

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There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bermagui and Narooma which raises concerns that the presence of these fragments could signal undetected cases in the community.

There are SIX active cases in Batemans Bay and Catalina, two in Cooma and ZERO in Merimbula.

Check the latest numbers and information via the Southern NSW Local Health District page HERE

Merimbula Exposure Sites listed

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Two COVID cases at Merimbula have prevented the Bega Valley moving out of lock down this weekend.

Anyone who attended the below venues of concern, as posted on the Southern NSW Local Health District Facebook page at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

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A second case has been detected in Batemans Bay. The new Batemans Bay case is a close contact of the first two cases announced this week. The sources of the Merimbula cases are still under investigation.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 fragements were found in the sewage at Moruya on Thursday 9 September for the first time.

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging the Moruya community to get tested with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage system in the last 48 hours.

This is the first detection of COVID-19 in the Moruya sewage system since the start of the Sydney outbreak. There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Moruya. The presence of these fragments could signal undetected cases in the community.

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NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the Bega Valley was one of several areas in regional NSW that looked set to be reopened after several weeks of lockdown restrictions, until two cases in Merimbula were discovered after the 8pm daily cut-off on Wednesday 8 September.

The message from NSW Health is for Far South Coast residents to get tested, vaccinated and stay home. Testing is available at Merimbula, Batemans Bay and Bega. 

The lockdown situation in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will be reassessed in 14 days.

For more information on the current COVID-19 situation across NSW visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19 or health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx 

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NSW Health has released new venues of concern for the South East with new sites identified in Batemans Bay, Narooma, Dalmeny, Braidwood, Cooma, Thredbo and Jindabyne.

A press release from Southern NSW Local Health District (at 11:17am on Friday October 1),an additional venue of concern has been listed in Moruya. 

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Anyone who visited any of the listed venues must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

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Staff will be contacted separately by Southern NSW Local Health District’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

 View the latest venues of concern HERE.

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Another new COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in Merimbula on the South Coast.

If you visited the Merimbula Woolworths on Saturday September 4 from 3:30pm to 4:40pm, you are considered a casual contact and must get tested immediately and Self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again.

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The pop up testing clinic is available at Club Sapphire in Merimbula, or you can get tested at the South East Regional Hospital clinic in Bega.

If you were at a casual contact venue at the time and date listed on the website, immediately get tested and isolate until you get a negative result, even if you have had a test in recent days.

If your date of exposure at this venue occurred in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure. Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result, and continue to monitor for symptoms, getting tested again if any symptoms occur.

For a full list of locations, including close and casual contact venues, public transport routes or changes to previously reported venues, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19/nsw-covid-19-case-locations

Anyone with even mild cold-like symptoms must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

Find your nearest testing clinic: nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics

Image: NSW Health

New case in Bega Valley

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Of the 216 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 across the state to 8pm last night, the south coast has recorded one new case.

The case is in Berrambool near Merimbula in the Bega Valley and is under investigation.

It brings the total number of cases under virtual care to 4 in the Bega Valley with no cases under virtual care in the Eurobodalla or Snowy Monaro. 

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NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

• If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.

• Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.

• Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.

• Wear a mask indoors at public venues and while on or waiting for public transport.


New case in the Bega Valley

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No new cases have been reported on the south coast to 8pm last night however Southern NSW Local Health District confirmed one new case of COVID-19 was recorded on the south coast over the weekend.

The new case was in Pambula and is under investigation.

It comes after three cases were recorded in Pambula on Friday (November 12).

It brings the total cases under virtual care to eight in the Bega Valley with none in the Eurobodalla.

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Fragments of the coronavirus were detected in the sewage at Tomakin on Saturday (November 13).

Everyone around the Tomakin area should monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

New cases and venues in the South East

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Of the 496 new locally acquired cases recorded across the state, Southern NSW has reported six new cases to 8pm last night and new venues of concern have been identified in Bega, Eden, Cooma and Thredbo.

  • One new case has been recorded in the Bega Valley. The case is in Bega and is under investigation.
  • One new case has been recorded in the Eurobodalla. The case is in Batemans Bay and is under investigation.
  • Two new cases are in the Snowy Monaro region. One is linked to known cases. One case is in Jindabyne and one is in Crackenback.
  • One new case is in the Queanbeyan Palerang region. The case is in Queanbeyan and is under investigation.
  • One new case is in Goulburn Mulwaree region. The case is in Goulburn and is under investigation.

It brings the total active case numbers to 72 in the Snowy Monaro, 23 in the Eurobodalla and 8 in the Bega Valley. 

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 Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

Images: East Coast Radio, Southern NSW Local Health District

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The Bega Valley Shire recorded its first cases of COVID-19 since the false positives in Merimbula a month ago.

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Bega Local Government Area on Monday (October 4), with all three cases located in the Beauty Point area, near Wallaga Lake.

All cases are linked to known cases in the Eurobodalla.

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Traces of the virus have been detected in the Bermagui sewage system.

Residents of Bermagui, Wallaga Lake and surrounding areas have been urged to get tested with even the mildest of symptoms.

Some in the community have been wondering if the shire will go into lockdown but Bega Valley Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said it's unlikely.

"Ultimately that's a call for NSW Health but hopefully we won't be in lockdown," Mr Fitzpatrick said. 

"We've got the roadmap that starts on the 11th and today is the 5th so there's no real point in going into lockdown, that's my personal opinion," he said. 

"Businesses are back up operating, we haven't had mass spread in the community, and the cases were known to the Eurobodalla cases."

There are new venues of concern around the region.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

  • Bermagui BP on Tuesday September 28 from 1:20pm to 1:50pm
  • Bermagui Woolworth's on Tuesday September 28 from 1pm to 2pm

If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

Images: Google Maps

New cases in Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro

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Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Snowy Monaro Local Government Area (LGA) from 3pm today (Thursday September 30) for seven days.

These stay-at-home orders also apply to anyone who has been in the Snowy Monaro LGA since 22 September.

NSW Health has also confirmed stay-at-home orders will continue in the Queanbeyan-Palerang and Eurobodalla LGAs until 11 October.

The state health authority has warned people in regional parts of the state to continue to be vigilant,  as case numbers increase in the South East.

Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of 26 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Four new cases have been reported in the Eurobodalla with Narooma, Kianga and Moruya listed as case locations.

Three are linked to known cases, one is under investigation.

Five new cases have been recorded in the Snowy Monaro region (Jindabyne and Thredbo), three are linked to known cases, two are under investigation.

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More fragments of the virus have detected in the South East as well, in the Moruya and Thredbo sewage systems. 

View the latest venues of concern HERE.

New cases in Eurobodalla plus Tathra venues of concern

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Southern NSW Local Health District  has been notified of 25 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm last night with new cases in the Eurobodalla and the Snowy Monaro.

This brings the total cases in SNSWLHD to 342 since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Of the 25 new cases:

  • Two new cases in the Eurobodalla. Two are in Bodalla. Both under investigation.
  • Nine new cases in the Snowy Monaro region. Three in Cooma, four in Jindabyne and two in Crackenback. Three are linked to know cases and six are under investigation.
  •  Eight new cases are in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region.  All are under investigation.
  • Six new cases are in the Goulburn Mulwaree region. All are under investigation.

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SNSWLHD has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases including venues of concern in Tathra, Jindabyne and Cooma.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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 Fragments of the virus have been detected in Bodalla, Bega and Merimbula with those communities urged to get tested with even the mildest of symptoms.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

For more information and to find your nearest testing clinic visit HERE.

New cases in Snowy Monaro

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Of the 594 new locally acquired cases COVID-19 recorded in New South Wales, Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of 12 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8.00pm last night.

Of the 12 new cases:
• Four are in the Queanbeyan-Palerang region. All are linked to known cases. Three are in Karabar. One is in Bungendore.
• Seven are in the Snowy Monaro region. Four are linked to known cases. All are in Jindabyne.
• One is in Goulburn and is linked to known cases.

It brings the total cases 49 in the Snowy Monaro, 34 in the Eurobodalla and three in the Bega Valley.

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SNSWLHD has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Testing clinics in Cooma and Jindabyne are located at:

  • Cooma Showground 8am - 4 pm 7 days
  • Cooma Capital Pathology 8am – 5pm 7 days
  • Jindabyne Health Car Park has relocated to a more suitable location and is operational now Jindabyne Showground 8am-4pm 7 days

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received. For more information and to find your nearest testing clinic visit HERE.


New cases in the Bega Valley

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New South Wales reported 286 new locally acquired cases of coronavirus to 8pm last night, with Southern NSW recording 13 new cases with three of them on the south coast.

Of the 13 new cases:

• Three are in the Bega Valley region (Pambula) and are linked to known cases.

• Nine are in the Queanbeyan Palerang region (three in Karabar, two are in
Jerrabomberra, one is in Queanbeyan, two are in Crestwood, one is un Urila). One of
the Karabar cases is linked to a known case. The other cases are under investigation.

• One is in the Yass Valley region (Yass) and is under investigation.

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Fragments of the virus were also detected in the sewage at Bermagui yesterday.

Everyone around Bermagui should monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask indoors at public venues and while on or waiting for public transport.

Meanwhile, Southern NSW Local Health District have moved the COVID-19 testing clinic from the Old Racecourse in Bega back to South East Regional hospital due to the wet weather.

Testing will be available at the clinic based at the hospital in Bega today, tomorrow and Sunday until 2pm.

New cases of COVID on the South Coast

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Southern NSW Health District hasconfirmed two new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded on the Far South Coast overnight.

One case in Batemans Bay and one case in Catalina (just south of Batemans Bay).

Both cases have reportedly been identified as close contacts of existing cases.

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This takes the total number of active cases to six in Batemans Bay.

The Southern NSW Local Health District will publish details of venues after they finalise contact tracing.

Please look for symptoms, get tested, get vaccinated and stay home.

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Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of seven new COVID-19 cases in total to 8pm last night.

  •  Two cases are in Yass and are close contacts of a known Yass case.
  • As mentioned above, one case is in Batemans Bay, and one is in Catalina, and both are close contacts of known Batemans Bay cases.
  • Two new cases are in Goulburn, one is a close contact of a known Goulburn case and one is a close contact of an Albion Park case.
  • One new case is located in Googong and is linked to the ACT.

A further two cases previously reported in the NSW total as being under investigation have now been confirmed to be in Queanbeyan. These cases are linked to the ACT.

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 Of the 1,284 new locally acquired cases in NSW, Southern NSW Local Health District announced 17 new COVID-19 cases in Southern part of the state, in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

Four cases are from Batemans Bay and are linked to the Batemans Bay cluster.

While fragments of the virus have been detected in the sewage at Narooma.

Everyone in the district should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19
including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated
until a negative result is received.

New venue of concern in Bega Valley

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 Of the 399 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 recorded across the state to 8pm last night, two are from Southern NSW with no new cases in the South East.

It brings the total active cases to 8 in the Bega Valley, 24 in the Eurobodalla and 77 in the Snowy Monaro. 

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Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.


New venue of concern in Mogo

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Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) has been notified of new venues of concern in the Eurobodalla associated with COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is considered a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

The Batehaven Pharmacy on Monday September 13 between 10:10am and 10:30am.

Ultra Petroleum at Mogo on Friday September 17 between 2:05pm and 2:10pm or 2:40pm and 2:45pm.

Westside Petroleum at Braidwood on Sunday September 19 between 2:40pm and 2:50pm 

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 Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

The SNSWLHD Public Health team has completed risk assessments with My Medical Centre in Yass, Murrumbateman Health Hub and Provolution Health Queanbeyan following possible contact with COVID-19 cases. All staff and clients affected at these venues have now been notified.

 

New venue of concern in Tathra

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Of the 444 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 from 105,508 tests across the state, Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of no new cases to 8.00pm last night (Tuesday October 12).

A new venue of concern has been identified in Tathra in the Bega Valley.

The Tathra Wombat Holes Mini Golf at 2 Andy Poole Drive in Tathra on Friday October 1 between 3.15pm and 5.45pm.

Anyone who visited one of the venue at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

The following testing clinics are open:

  • The Old Bega Racecourse: Wednesday to Friday (October 15) 8am until 4pm
  • Pambula Hospital: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am until 1pm.
  • The testing clinic at South East Regional Hospital, is closed while the Eden carpark at Twofold Arcade pop up is open, Wednesday from 9am until 1pm.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  •  Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  •  Wear a mask indoors and while on or waiting for public transport.

New venues of concern in Bega Valley

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New venues of concern have been identified on the South Coast, around the Merimbula area. 

If you visited any of the following venues on Friday October 15 you must get tested immediately and isolate until you get a negative result:

  • Capital Pathology on Main Street in Merimbula on from 9:35am to 10:35am
  • Master Kebabs at the Tura Beach Shopping Centre from 10:15am to 10:50am
  • Tura Beach BWS at the Tura Beach Shopping Centre from 10:30am to 11:05am

See a full list of the latest venues of concern across NSW HERE.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

The state recorded 372 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night with Southern NSW recording no new cases. 

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Meanwhile, 92.5% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine across NSW while 82.3% have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

New venues of concern in Eurobodalla

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A list of COVID-19 venues of concern around Batemans Bay has been published which includes:

Woolworth's, Coles, the Reject Shop, Centrelink and the Commonwealth Bank in Batemans Bay, the Batehaven Post Office, Tomakin Auto Centre Service Station and Malua Bay IGA.

See below from Southern NSW Local Health District for times and dates.

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Please get tested even if you have had a test in recent days. If your exposure at the casual contact venue was in the past four days, you must get another test on day five from the date of exposure.

Wear a mask around others and limit your movements until you get another negative result. You should continue to monitor for symptoms and if any symptoms appear, get tested and isolate again.

Anyone who visited one of the venues below at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Staff working at these venues will be risk assessed by the Public Health Unit and advised of isolation and testing requirements.

Eurobodalla Shire Mayor, Liz Innes, said while businesses in the Bega Valley will be happy to be opening up however Eurobodalla businesses need local support more than ever.

"The message we're trying to send out to locals in the community is support local businesses as much as you can," Ms Innes said. 

"It's very trying at the moment but hopefully if we all continue to do the right thing we can get through this and we can hopefully have a good summer season."

New venues of concern in Eurobodalla

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NSW Health has released new venues of concern in the Eurobodalla Shire overnight on top of those that were reported on Wednesday. 

New venues of concern have been reported in Batemans Bay and Narooma with Narooma Woolworths, ALDI Narooma and Narooma Bridge Seafoods added to the list as well as Batemans Bay Bunnings. 

Batemans Bay Woolworths, ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank were reported as venues of concern on Wednesday (September 29).

Anyone who visited the following venues should get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is recieved.

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Meanwhile the South Coast recorded it's first COVID death and four new cases on Wednesday.

One new case was detected in Narooma, two in Batemans Bay (Surfside and Catalina) with one in Dalmeny.

It brings the number of active cases in the Batemans Bay area to 25, and three in the Narooma, Dalmeny region as of Thursday morning.

Fragements of the virus detected in Moruya and Jindabyne, with those communities urged to get tested. 

New venues of concern in Snowy Monaro

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A number of new venues of concern have been identified in the Snowy Monaro with nine venues in Jindabyne, two in Thredbo and one in Cooma.

Following the announcement of new COVID-19 cases and associated venues of public concern, the Jindabyne and Cooma drive through testing clinics have been experiencing significant demand.

Several testing staff at both sites identified as casual contacts, all of whom are in isolation until they receive a negative result.

Southern NSW Local Health District has deployed staff from other parts of the region to assist with COVID-19 testing in Jindabyne and Cooma and assures the community that no one will be turned away from testing.

The Health District thanks people for coming forward to be tested and apologises for any inconvenience caused by the delays.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Testing clinics in Cooma and Jindabyne are located at:

  • Cooma Showground 8am - 4 pm 7 days
  • Cooma Capital Pathology 8am – 5pm 7 days
  • Jindabyne Health Car Park has relocated to a more suitable location and is operational now Jindabyne Showground 8am-4pm 7 days

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

For more information and to find your nearest testing clinic visit HERE.

Nine new COVID cases in Melbourne

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Victoria has recorded nine local cases in the current coronavirus cluster.

One of those cases reportedly attended the AFL match between Collingwood and Port Adelaide at the MCG on Sunday, where a crowd of over 23,000 people were in attendance.

Victorian health authorities reintroduced some COVID restrictions in Melbourne, which came into effect last night.

Masks are now mandatory indoors, Private indoor gatherings are limited to 5 people, Public gatherings limited to 30 and if Melbourians travel, the restrictions will still apply to them.

NSW Health are closely monitoring the situation.

People arriving in NSW from the Greater Melbourne area, must complete an online declaration form, available from the Service NSW website, to confirm they have not attended any venues of concern.

The form can be completed in the 24-hour period before entering NSW or on arrival.

NSW Health will be contacting people who have completed declarations to ask them to check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website and immediately follow the outlined public health advice.

The travel declaration provides critical information to enable NSW Health to contact travellers if required, and is for all travellers who intend to enter NSW by air, road and rail having been in Greater Melbourne in the previous 14 days.

Anyone who's been in Victoria since May 10 and attended any of the identified venues, must contact NSW Health immediately on 1800 943 553.

No cases under virtual care on south coast

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NSW has recorded 173 new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night with no new cases recorded on the south coast.

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging community members to continue to come forward for vaccination and to be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19 following notification of one new COVID-19 case in the 24 hours to 8.00pm last night.

The new case is in the Queanbeyan Palerang region (Jerrabomberra) and is under investigation.

There is now one case under virtual care in the Snowy Monaro with no cases in the Bega Valley or the Eurobodalla.

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Fragments of the coronavirus were detected in the sewage at Tomakin on November 13 and Bermagui on November 11.

Everyone should monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

No lockdown for Bega Valley

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 New South Wales has recorded 608 new locally acquired cases while Victoria has recorded 1,763 new cases and the ACT, 33 new cases  to 8pm last night.

In Southern NSW 19 new cases have been reported with 10 in the Snowy Monaro and one in Dalmeny which is under investigation.

Three of the Snowy Monaro cases are linked to known cases. Seven of them cases are in Jindabyne and three are in Cooma.

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Despite the Bega Valley recording 3 cases of COVID-19 in Beauty Point on Monday (October 4), Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick said restrictions will stay the same for the time being.

"Southern NSW Health are recommending any lockdown at the present time for the Bega Valley," Mr Fitzpatrick said.

"They’re quietly confident that the three positive cases at Beauty Point are under control and there’ll be no community transmission around that.”

Mr Fitzpatrick confirmed no pop up testing clinic would be set up in Bermagui at the present time. 

"Southern NSW Health are leaving the decision to set up a testing clinic in Bermagui"

"But anyone in the Bermagui area who has symptoms should go and get tested."

Anyone in the area with even the mildest symptoms urged to get tested at the South East Regional Hospital testing clinic in Bega. 

No pop up testing clinic will be set up in Bermagui at the present time with anyone in the area with even the mildest symptoms urged to get tested at the South East Regional Hospital testing clinic in Bega.

No new cases but venues of concern listed

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The South Coast has recorded another day with no new cases of COVID-19, while NSW recorded 1,043 new locally acquired cases to 8pm last night.

Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases including two in Batemans Bay.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

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Staff will be contacted separately by the Southern NSW Local Health District Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

A high level of virus fragments have been detected in the sewage at Jindabyne, with the community there urged to get tested.

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While Vaccination rates continue to rise with 56.6% of adults in the state having had a first dose while 84.1% have had two doses.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance is reminding the South Coast community if you are fully vaccinated, you can still catch and spread the virus - even though your chances of either are lower, once you’ve had a double dose.

"If you develop even the mildest of symptoms or have attended a venue of concern, please get tested ASAP even if you’ve had one or two doses of the vaccine," Mr Constance said. 

"Keep up the good work everyone,  I hope you can take some time to get out and enjoy some sunshine today," he said. 

"NSW Health are assessing the situation in our region every week, so hopefully it won’t be long before we can see the Eurobodalla join the Bega Valley and get back to doing what we love."

Image: Southern NSW Local Health District

No new cases on South Coast

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Of the 1,063 new locally acquired cases of COVID recorded across New South Wales from more than 139,000 tests, no new cases have been reported on the South Coast to 8pm yesterday.

There are currently 16 active cases in the Batemans Bay area and one case in Narooma.

The Batehaven Pharmacy, Ultra Petroleum at Mogo and Westside Petroleum at Braidwood are all venues of concern in the area.

Check HERE to view the dates and times, if you were there at those times, you must get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Southern NSW Local Health District recommend:
 If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away.
 Wash your hands and sanitise regularly.
 Leave a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
 Wear a mask at all times when outside your home, except when exercising.

In terms of vaccination rates, NSW has hit 83.6% single doses of vaccines and 55.5% double doses.

With the number of single doses rising approximately 0.5% each day and double doses going up about 1% each day.

With 28% of children aged between 12 and 15 are vaccinated.

No new cases on South Coast

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NSW recorded 282 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 to 8pm yesterday (Monday October 25) while no new cases were recorded in the South East of the state.

One new case was reported in Nelligen on Monday and is under investigation.

The total cases under virtual care remain at 3 in the Eurobodalla, 1 in the Bega Valley and 1 in the Snowy Monaro.

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Over 83% of people aged 16+ in the Snowy Monaro have had a double dose of COVID-19 vaccine, that figure is 88% in the Bega Valley and 93% in the Eurobodalla.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

Image Credit: Southern NSW Local Health District 

No new cases on South Coast today

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There are no new COVID-19 cases in Southern NSW Local Health District as of 11am today.

The South Coast will remain in lockdown from midnight tonight as the region officially reported an additional three COVID-19 cases.

Two cases at Merimbula and one in Batemans Bay announced yesterday, were officially included in today's numbers that formed part of the 1,542 new locally acquired cases across the state from 133,000 tests.

However the region has not recorded any new cases since that time (at the time of writing). 

Anyone who attended venues of concern in Eden, Pambula, Merimbula or Tura Beach, during the dates listed by Southern NSW Local Health is urged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative test is received.

You can see the list of exposure sites below:

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Meanwhile, fragments of COVID-19 have been found in the sewage at Moruya, with NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr. Marianne Gale urging the community to get tested.

"Today we continue to ask our communities to in areas where we've had sewage detections but no known cases to please be vigilant for symptoms and come forward for testing," Dr. Gale said. 

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"They are people who live in Tamworth, Culburra Beach and Moruya areas."

Meanwhile NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has praised the Bega Valley for the increase in the number of vaccinations in the area.

"The Bega Valley's vaccination rates of 76% first dose and 47.5% second dose is well above the state average," Mr Barilaro said. 

"It shows that in regional and rural NSW, the appetite for vaccination is up there," he said. 

"But again the message to everybody is if you want to continue to see freedoms, get vaccinated." 

A full list of local venues of concern is available on our website: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/.../covid-19-venues...

Testing clinic times and locations: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/.../covid-19-testing

Vaccination information: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/.../covid-19...

Images: NSW Health, Southern NSW Local Health District

No new cases on South Coast today

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Of the 935 locally acquired cases of COVID recorded across NSW, there have been seven new cases reported in Southern NSW to 8pm last night and no new cases reported in the Eurobodalla, Bega Valley or Snowy Monaro.

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Three new cases are in Goulburn – all are linked to known cases.

Two new cases are in Yass – both are linked to known cases.

Two new case is in Queanbeyan – both are under investigation.

The South Coast recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

One new case in Narooma and seven in Batemans Bay, with all new cases linked to the current Batemans Bay cluster.

Two cases in Batemans Bay have recovered and been removed from the active total which sits at 15 cases in Catalina & Batemans Bay, one case in Narooma and two cases in Cooma.

Fragments of the virus have been detected in the Sewage at Eden over the weekend - with the community there urged to get tested with even the mildest symptoms.

Everyone in these areas is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to immediately be tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

 

 

 

 

 

No new cases on the South Coast

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The South Coast has recorded no new cases of COVID-19, as the daily case numbers across NSW drops to 863 in the last reporting period

The NSW Deputy Premier said the Eurobodalla Shire will come out of lockdown on October 11.

John Barilaro told the ABC it would take a big jump in cases for restrictions to be reapplied to the Eurobodalla after the date NSW is set to hit the 70% vaccination rate.

"It could be something as simple as, those within a particular LGA cannot travel beyond their LGA,"  Mr Barilaro said. 

"It could be measures of certain activities may not be permitted but at this stage the 70% roadmap applies to everybody which means the whole state coming out of lockdown on the 11th of October."

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Five new cases were reported in Batemans Bay on Monday (September 27) when the NSW Government revealed the what the roadmap out of lockdown will look like across the state.

Meanwhile the Southern NSW Local health District reported five new cases in Goulburn and nine new cases in Queanbeyan. 

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received. 

You can find your nearest testing clinic HERE

Check out the latest vaccination rates in South East NSW below. 

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No new cases on the South Coast

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Southern NSW Local Health District has been notified of 10 new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8.00pm last night with no new cases reported on the South Coast.

This brings the total cases in SNSWLHD to 389 since the start of the current outbreak in June.

Of the 10 new cases:

  • Five new cases are in the Snowy Monaro region. All are in Cooma and are linked to known cases.
  • Four new cases are in the Queanbeyan Palerang region. Two cases are linked to known cases. One is in Jerrabomberra, two are in Queanbeyan and one is in Karabar.
  • One new case is in Goulburn Mulwaree region. The case is in Goulburn and is under investigation.

It brings the total numer of cases to 108 in the South East. 

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NSW Health's ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 in sewage samples collected from across NSW, including Gerringong on the south coast.

SNSWLHD has been notified of new venues of concern associated with COVID-19 cases.

Anyone who visited one of these venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Staff will be contacted separately by SNSWLHD’s Public Health Unit regarding their testing and isolation requirements.

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If additional venues are identified through further contact tracing these will be announced as soon as they are known.

Anyone who checked in to a venue of concern during the times listed, using the Service NSW QR app, will be notified by SMS from NSW Health as soon as possible over the next 48 hours.

Everyone in the District should be alert for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, including headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever.

If symptoms appear, people must isolate and get tested immediately, and remain isolated until a negative result is received.

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One new case in the Eurobodalla

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NSW recorded 276 new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night with four cases in Southern NSW and one in the Eurobodalla.

Of the four new cases recorded by Southern NSW Local Health District: 

  • One new case is in the Snowy Monaro LGA. The case is in Cooma and is under investigation.
  • Two new cases are in the Queanbeyan Palerang LGA. Both cases are in Bungendore and are linked to known cases.
  • One new case is in the Eurobodalla LGA. The case is in Broulee and was acquired interstate.

It brings the total cases under virtual care to 1 in the Eurobodalla, 5 in the Snowy Monaro and none in the Bega Valley. 

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Across NSW, 94.4 per cent of people aged 16 plus have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 92 per cent are double vaccinated.

Of the people aged 12 to 15, 81 per cent have received a first dose and 76 per cent are fully vaccinated.

One new case in the south east

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NSW has recorded 180 new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night with one new case from Southern NSW.

The new case is in Jindabyne in the Snowy Monaro region and is under investigation.

There are currently five cases under virtual care in the Bega Valley and one in the Snowy Monaro.

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Fragments of the virus were detected in the sewage at Eden on Saturday.

The community of Eden and surrounds is urged to monitor for symptoms and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

Everyone around the Eden area should monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.


One new COVID case in Eurobodalla

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A new case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the Eurobodalla to 8pm last night.

Of the 1,035 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 recorded across NSW, the new single case in Batemans Bay is linked to the Batemans Bay cluster.

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Overnight, NSW Health have shared two new venues of concern:

If you were at the Batemans Bay Dan Murphys on Monday September 13 from 2.15 to 2.45pm or the Batehaven Pharmacy on Friday September 17 between 9:45 and 10:45am, you're considered a casual contact and must tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

Even if you’ve had one dose or a double dose of a COVID vaccine: if you’ve been at a contact location, you MUST come forward and get tested.

Pambula Public School to reopen today

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Pambula Public School will reopen today after closing on Sunday (November 7) due to a member of the school community testing positive for COVID-19.

NSW Health have advised the positive case was not infectious while on school grounds and therefore no staff or students have been identified as contacts of the confirmed case.

The school will be operational for students and staff from Tuesday November 9.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics

The south coast recorded two new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, one in Pambula and one in Mogendour, west of Moruya, both linked to known cases.

Fragments of the virus were detected in the sewage at Bermagui and Moruya over the weekend.

Everyone in those communities is urged to monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

There are currently 4 cases under virtual care in the Bega Valley, 2 in the Eurobodalla and no cases in the Snowy Monaro region.

Almost every Local Government Area in the Eden-Monaro has a double vaccination rate of over 90% for those aged 16 plus.

The Bega Valley and Eurobodalla both have a double vaccination rate of over 95%.

Pambula School closed due to COVID case

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Pambula Public School has closed its doors immediately after confirming on Sunday (November 7) a member of the school community tested positive for the virus.

The school will be non-operational for the on-site attendance of students and staff to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning.

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All staff and students are asked to self-isolate until receiving further advice.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

After reporting three new cases of COVID-19 in the Bega Valley on Friday (November 5), the far south coast recorded two new cases over the weekend.

One case reported on Sunday was in Mogendour, west of Moruya, and is linked to a known case.

One case reported on Saturday, was in Pambula and is linked to a known case.

NSW Health confirmed that fragments of coronavirus have been detected in the sewage at Bermagui and Moruya over the weekend, with particles detected in the sewage at Merimbula last week.

Everyone in those communities is urged to monitor for symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

There are currently 5 cases under virtual care in the Bega Valley, 2 in the Eurobodalla and none in the Snowy Monaro.

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Pop up testing clinic in Narooma

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A COVID-19 testing clinic has opened in Narooma from midday today (Friday October 1) until 4pm.

The clinic is located at the Bill Smyth Oval Carpark with access via McMilan Road.

I will also open from 9am until 3pm on Saturday (October 2) and Sunday (October 3) .

Clinics will also be open in Braidwood and Thredbo.

For a full list of clinics and testing locations, click HERE

Proof of vaccination needed from today

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Double vaccinated people across NSW have come out of lockdown on Monday (October 11) morning and some are already returning to newly reopened businesses.

Gyms, hair salons, indoor pools, and retail shops have reopened in the Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro this morning.

Masks are still mandatory for all indoor public venues.

Households across the South East can now have up to 10 visitors while weddings and funerals can have up to 100 and places of worship can reopen.

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Dining in at restaurants, cafes and pubs is allowed but you will be asked to provide your proof of vaccination certificate .

For those people in NSW who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or those with a medical exception from Monday 11 October,  you’ll need to carry proof of vaccination with you.

There are many ways to access and share proof of COVID-19 vaccination 👇

  • Medicare online account
  • Express Plus Medicare app
  • Australian Immunisation Register
  • My Health Record
  • Service NSW app – coming soon 

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If you’re having problems accessing your certificate, call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

You can find out more information on the proof of vaccination certificate HERE.

Double vaccinated residents are now permitted to travel within rural and regional NSW but cannot enter Greater Sydney.

To view the roadmap for easing restrictions visit HERE

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Restrictions eased further across NSW

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NSW has reached its target of 80 per cent full vaccination for people aged over 16, clearing the way for a further easing of restrictions.

"80% in NSW! Been a long wait but we've done it," tweeted Premier Dominic Perrottet on Saturday afternoon.

"Feels great to break this news. Huge thanks to all the nurses and vaccination hub staff at (NSW Health), the GPs, the pharmacists, and each and every person who rolled up their sleeve to get us here."

He added: "Summer in NSW is looking good."

The double dose landmark means that restrictions will ease further today (Monday October 18), just one week after fully vaccinated people in NSW exited lockdown.

  • Community sport is  allowed and indoor pools can reopen.
  • Up to  20 guests are allowed in a household, and outdoor gatherings of up to 50.
  • Masks are no longer mandatory in office buildings for the fully vaccinated.
  • Caps have been lifted on weddings, funerals, and hospital bookings.
  • Visitors are allowed in aged care and disability homes in line with company policies.
  • Bookings for hospitality venues are no longer be capped.
  • Caravan Parks and camping grounds can reopen.

Staff in Regional areas like the South Coast can work so long as they've had one jab and have until November 1 to get the second dose.

Travel between Greater Sydney and Regional NSW has been deferred until November 1, due to low vaccination rates in many of the state's regions.

Visit NSW Health to see the full list of eased restrictions. 

Three new cases in the Bega Valley

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Of the 249 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 recorded in NSW to 8pm last night, three new cases have been reported in the Bega Valley.

Two cases are in Pambula, one is linked to a known case and one is under investigation.

One case is in Candelo and is under investigation.

Fragments of the virus have been detected in the sewage at Merimbula.

Everyone in the area is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested immediately, and isolate until a negative result is received.

Bega Valley residents can access free drive through testing at Old Bega Racecourse, on the corner of Jacksonia Grove and East Street in, Bega.

The clinic is open Monday to Friday 8am to 2pm and weekends 9am to 2pm.

The Merimbula News Weekly reported that Shorebreakers Kindergarten Preschool in Pambula temporarily closed on Thursday (November 4) as a precaution after staff were told a local resident and a family member of a child who attends the preschool, tested positive for COVID-19.

All staff are getting tested and the preschool stated the health and safety of the children is paramount.

There are also reports the Waterfront Cafe in Merimbula may have been affected by a COVID case, the cafe closed at 11am on Thursday.

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 To help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
• Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
• Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
• Wear a mask indoors at public venues and while on or waiting for public transport.

Vaccination certificate in Service NSW app

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Residents across NSW will be able to integrate the COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate into their Service NSW app from today with the program now rolling out State-wide.

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said with restrictions to further ease as the state approaches 80 per cent double vaccination, the integration of the vaccine certificate with the app will make things easier for the people of NSW.

“This is an extra digital service to make life easier for the businesses and customers of NSW as we open back up. NSW is the first jurisdiction in Australia to roll out an integrated QR code solution for displaying vaccination status State wide,” Mr Dominello said.

“When someone visits a venue, they’ll be able to show their green check-in tick and vaccination status simultaneously, saving staff and customers time.

“While integrating the COVID-19 digital certificate on to the Service NSW app will be optional, it will be the by far the easiest and quickest way to prove you’re fully vaccinated.”

The State-wide roll out follows a successful regional pilot with clubs, aged-care facilities and taxis in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Lismore, as well as internal government participants.

As the vaccine data sits in the Federal Australian Immunisation Register to integrate the COVID-19 digital certificate into the Service NSW app you will need to:

  • Ensure your Federal MyGov account is linked to Medicare
  • Download the Express Plus Medicare app and sign in with your MyGov account details
  • Select ‘Proof of vaccinations’ and then ‘View history’
  • Select ‘Share with check in app’ and then ‘Service NSW’

“I would like to thank the Federal Government, in particular Minister Stuart Robert, for his support and collaboration in making this happen and sharing the data at the end of last month,” Mr Dominello said.

“I also want to thank the businesses and individuals who participated in the various industry-based trials this week in Port Macquarie, Lismore, Tamworth and Wagga and Wagga. Your feedback has been invaluable in getting us to this point ahead of schedule.

“Integrating the vaccine certificate also helps future proof our State’s digital infrastructure in the event that proof of vaccination is ever required again or if it’s still needed in certain settings like international travel.”

There were already three ways to demonstrate the vaccine certificate. Customers can use the Express Plus Medicare app or the digital wallet on their phone. Customers without a smartphone can print a vaccination certificate from their Medicare account or contact Services Australia for a paper certificate in order to prove their vaccination status.

John Green, Director of Liquor and Policing at the Australian Hotels Association NSW, said venue operators were reporting the vaccination status combined with the QR check-in made it easier to check and validate.

“The convenience of having a customer’s vaccination status presented alongside their check-in will allow for a seamless entry and take pressure off venue staff,” Mr Green said. “It certainly makes the process quicker.”

The Service NSW app will include a number of security measures to help compliance officers and businesses with checking and validating a customer’s vaccination status, including a NSW Waratah logo hologram and rotating QR codes, similar to the Digital Driver Licence.

VIC-NSW border restrictions to be eased

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As restrictions ease across Victoria today, people entering NSW from Victoria will continue to be subject to public health orders, which place restrictions on entry to NSW until 12.01 Monday 1 November.

Anyone who enters NSW who has been in Victoria in the past 14 days must complete a declaration and adhere to the stay at home rules currently in place until Monday 1 November, when this requirement will be lifted.

However, from 1 November, an unvaccinated person who has been in Victoria in the previous 14 days will not be able to enter NSW for a holiday or recreation.

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Appropriate exemptions will be established for people living in border communities.

There are still places of high concern (close and casual contact venues) in Victoria. People who have been to these venues at the relevant time and date must continue to follow the rules for close and casual contacts.

NSW Heath urge people throughout NSW, including those from other states or territories, to continue to come forward for testing at the first sign of even mild symptoms. To find your nearest clinic visit HERE or contact your GP.

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Virus detected at Bermagui

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NSW Health has advised that fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been detected at the Bermagui sewage treatment plant.

The sample was taken on 12 September.

This is the first detection at the Bermagui plant, which serves about 1,800 people.

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Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick said it is concerning that COVID fragments have now been found in all our sewage treatment plants over the last four weeks.

“As more fragments are found across the shire, the possibility of there being unknown local cases increases,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.

“If you live in Bermagui or the surrounding areas including Wallaga Lake, Fairhaven and Akolele, or in fact anywhere in the shire, and you have the slightest hint of cold-like symptoms, you need to get tested.

“This means if you are experiencing symptoms such as headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever, you must get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.”

Council is sending samples from the sewage treatment plants in Eden, Bermagui, Merimbula and Bega, twice weekly to NSW Health for testing.

Testing facilities and hours can be found HERE

COVID-19 cases and venues of concern are published on the Southern NSW Local Health District website HERE

For the latest COVID-19 updates and advice, go HERE

Virus detected in Merimbula sewage

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NSW reported 308 new cases of COVID-19 to 8pm last night, with no new cases on the South Coast.

However, fragments of the virus have been detected in the sewage at Merimbula, where there are no known cases.

Everyone in the Merimbula area is urged to monitor for the onset of symptoms, and if they appear, to get tested immediately, and isolate until a negative result is received.

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To 11:59pm on Tuesday 2 November 2021, 93.7 per cent of people aged 16 and over across NSW had received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 88.7 per cent were fully vaccinated.

In the 12-15 year old age group, 79.6 per cent have had their first dose, and 65.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.

There are more than 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. A full list of SNSWLHD’s clinic sites and hours is available HERE.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • If you are unwell, get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.
  • Wash your hands regularly. Take hand sanitiser with you when you go out.
  • Keep your distance. Leave 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask indoors at public venues and while on or waiting for public transport.

What the lockdown changes mean

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Stay-at-home orders will be lifted for 12 Local Government Areas in NSW inclduing the Bega Valley and Snowy Monaro Shires from 1pm today (Thursday 16 September).

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the LGAs which are coming out of lockdown have been deemed low risk and have not recorded any COVID-19 cases for the past 14 days, but will continue to operate under some restrictions to ensure community safety.

“I encourage everyone in those 12 LGAs which are coming out of lockdown to enjoy their freedoms in a responsible and COVIDSafe way and I urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as you can, so you can continue to enjoy freedoms when NSW reaches the 70 per cent double dose target,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Unfortunately stay-at-home orders will apply to all people who live in the Albury and Lismore LGAs based on updated health advice.

“I know residents in these areas just had stay-at-home orders lifted and having to go back into lockdown is beyond frustrating, but this action is necessary due to positive COVID cases.

The following freedoms are available to all people in regional LGAs where stay-at-home orders have been lifted:

Gatherings in the home and public spaces:

  • Up to five visitors will be allowed in a home (not including children 12 and under).
  • Up to 20 people can gather in outdoor settings.

Venues including hospitality, retail stores and gyms:

  • Hospitality venues can reopen subject to one person per 4sqm inside and one person per 2sqm outside, with standing while drinking permitted outside.
  • Retail stores can reopen under the one person per 4sqm rule.
  • Personal services such as hairdressers and nail salons can open with one person per 4sqm, capped at five clients per premises.
  • Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can open under the one person per 4sqm rule and can offer classes for up to 20 people.
  • Sporting facilities including swimming pools can reopen.

Schools:

  • Schools will re-open with Level 3 COVIDSafe measures in place.

Stadiums, theatres and major outdoor recreation facilities:

  • Major recreation outdoor facilities including stadiums, racecourses, theme parks and zoos can reopen with one person per 4sqm, capped at 5,000 people.
  • Up to 500 people can attend ticketed and seated outdoor events.
  • Indoor entertainment and information facilities including cinemas, theatres, music halls, museums and galleries can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship:

  • Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
  • Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
  • Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.

Travel:

  • Caravan parks and camping grounds can open.
  • Carpooling will be permitted.

Masks:

  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, front-of-house hospitality, retail and business premises, on planes and at airports.
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Children aged under 12 will not need to wear a mask indoors.

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