Public Health Alert – Positive COVID-19 case attended Westmead vaccination clinic as cluster grows to 112 – Sunday, 27 June 2021

NSW recorded 30 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, all of which are linked to the Bondi cluster.

Of the 112 locally acquired cases recorded since 16 June 2021, when the index case for the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported, 110 are linked to this cluster and two remain under investigation.

There were 52,048 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 55,227.

NSW Health administered 12,881 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 6,603 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,107,156, with 779,670 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,327,486 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 25 June.

Positive COVID-19 case attended Westmead Hospital vaccination clinic

A person who attended the Westmead Hospital vaccination clinic on Tuesday 22 June subsequently tested positive to COVID-19 on Friday 25 June.

“As a precaution the clinic has been thoroughly cleaned and NSW Health is contacting casual and close contacts. No transmission from this case to other people in the facility has been identified at this point,” WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy said.

“Access to the vaccination clinic at Westmead Hospital is via external access only and the COVID-19 case did not visit any other part of the facility.

“The vaccination clinic remains open and people are encouraged to continue to come forward for their vaccination appointment. 

“All visitors and staff at the Westmead Hospital vaccination clinic are required to wear a mask at all times and strict physical distancing is observed.”

To keep our staff and patients safe visitors will not be permitted in WSLHD health facilities other than by exemption.

Compassionate consideration will be given to emergency, birthing, maternity and palliative care areas.

Case details

Of the 30 new locally acquired cases recorded to 8pm last night, 11 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods. A further three cases were in isolation for part of their infectious periods.

Ten new cases are linked to the Great Ocean Foods seafood wholesaler in Marrickville. This brings the total number of cases acquired through Great Ocean Foods to 11, not including the original source case who worked there during their infectious period.

Any person – and their household contacts – who attended or directly received a delivery from Great Ocean Foods from Monday 21 June to Friday 25 June must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and isolate until NSW Health provides further advice.

NSW Health issued a public health alert last night regarding five flights between east-coast cities on which a Sydney-based cabin crew member worked who was yesterday diagnosed with COVID-19. NSW Health is working with its counterparts in Victoria and Queensland and Virgin Australia to reach all passengers on affected flights on Friday and Saturday.

Passengers who are now in NSW and who flew on the following flights at the times listed are considered close contacts and must immediately call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. Passengers who are now in other states are asked to check local advice:

Flight numberDateDeparture location and timeArrival location and time
VA939 (Virgin)Friday 25 JuneSydney at 11.51amBrisbane at 1.25pm
VA334 (Virgin)Friday 25 JuneBrisbane at 2.59pmMelbourne at 5.16pm
VA827 (Virgin)Saturday 26 JuneMelbourne at 9amSydney at 10.14am
VA517 (Virgin)Saturday 26 JuneSydney at 11.14amGold Coast at 12.40pm
VA524 (Virgin)Saturday 26 JuneGold Coast at 1.26pmSydney at 2.47pm

Additional venues and transport routes of concern continue to be identified as case investigations continue, and the list of venues and associated health advice is being updated several times a day.

Please check the NSW Health website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a route of concern.

Stay-at-home orders are now in effect across all of Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Until 11.59pm on Friday 9 July, everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home, unless it is for an essential reason such as:

  • shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • compassionate needs or medical care, including being vaccinated for COVID‑19 (unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  • essential work or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Shellharbour) on or after Monday 21 June must follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after leaving Greater Sydney.

Further testing by NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has found no fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 at the Bourke sewage treatment plant in western NSW.

After a positive sample from the Bourke sewage treatment plant was returned on 22 June, samples collected on two occasions on Friday detected no fragments of the virus.

NSW Health has also been notified of further detections at sewage networks throughout Greater Sydney.

There was a detection in the Port Kembla sewage network, which serves about 49,000 people living in suburbs including Windang, Lake Heights, Cringila, Warrawong, Koonawarra, Brownsville, Dapto, Berkeley, Kanahooka, Horsley, Avondale, Cleveland, Unanderra, Kembla Grange, Primbee, and Port Kembla.

Everyone residing or working in this area is asked to be vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID. If they appear, please get tested and self-isolate immediately.

Other sewage detections were in areas with known cases in residence, including the Bellambi sewage network and Rouse Hill sewage treatment plant.

Extended testing hours in western Sydney

Following an exposure at Auburn Reading Cinema, we have a free drive-through testing clinic in Auburn at 48 Boorea Street, Auburn, NSW, 2144.

It is open 8am-8pm Sunday, 27 June and we are urging the community to come forward for testing.

We have extended hours and opened more clinics over the weekends in the Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, West Pennant Hills, Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Merrylands, Seven Hills and Parramatta areas to support the community to get tested.  

Opening hours, locations and details are available on the NSW Health website or by contacting your GP.

WSLHD is urging anyone who has been to a location notified by NSW Health to get tested. Or if  feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms to self-isolate from others and come forward for COVID-19 testing. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of taste or smell.

Other reported symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit here or contact your GP.

To book your COVID-19 vaccination, go to www.nsw.gov.au or visit the Australian Government’s Vaccine Eligibility Checker online.