Public Health Alert – Three residents of SummitCare Baulkham Hills test positive, 16 new cases in NSW – Sunday, 4 July 2021

NSW recorded 16 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, 14 of which are linked to previously confirmed cases.

No new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period. The total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 5,753.

There have been 277 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case of the Bondi cluster, a driver who transported international flight crew, was reported. Of these, 222 have a direct epidemiological link to other cases in the cluster, and a further 38 have direct links to other known cases.

There were 45,079 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 56,331.

NSW Health administered 15,280 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, including 7,168 at the vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park.  

The total number of vaccines administered in NSW is now 2,377,391, with 908,301 doses administered by NSW Health to 8pm last night and 1,469,090 administered by the GP network and other providers to 11.59pm on Friday 2 July.

Case details – three residents of SummitCare Baulkham Hills test positive

Of today’s 16 new locally acquired cases, 13 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods and one case was in isolation for part of their infectious period. Two cases were infectious in the community.

Three of today’s new cases – a woman in her 80s, a man in his 80s, and a man in his 90s – are residents of the SummitCare Baulkham Hills aged care facility.

All three are fully vaccinated, but out of an abundance of caution, they have been offered transfer to Westmead Hospital for observation. No further residents have tested positive to date.

These three cases were identified following investigation and testing of contacts of a previously reported case in a healthcare worker. Two of this person’s social contacts, who are aged care workers, became infected and worked at SummitCare Baulkham Hills while infectious.

There is one new case associated with the birthday party at West Hoxton, bringing the total number of cases associated with the party to 43.

There are three further cases associated with Great Ocean Foods, bringing the total number of cases linked to this location to 27.

Venues of concern

NSW Health is advising anyone who visited the Commonwealth Bank at Roselands Shopping Centre, 24 Roselands Drive, on Monday 28 June from 8am to 5pm, Tuesday 29 June from 8am to 5pm and/or Wednesday 30 June from 8am to 3.30pm that they are a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. Please call 1800 943 553 unless you have already been contacted by NSW Health.

To keep our community safe, please follow NSW Health advice. If you are directed to get tested for COVID‑19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

Please check the NSW Government website regularly and follow the relevant health advice if you have attended a venue of concern or travelled on a public transport route at the same time as a confirmed case of COVID-19. This list is being updated regularly as case investigations proceed.

Sewage detections

NSW Health’s ongoing sewage surveillance program has detected traces of the virus that causes COVID-19 at a number of locations around Sydney. A detection at St Marys sewage treatment plant is of particular concern, as there are no known cases in this catchment.

St Marys covers about 150,000 people in suburbs including Kemps Creek, Ropes Crossing, Werrington County, Werrington, North St Marys, Claremont Meadows, St Clair, Oxley Park, Colyton, Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Penrith, South Penrith, Werrington Downs, Orchard Hills, Kingswood, Caddens, Erskine Park, Shanes Park, Llandilo, Jordan Springs, St Marys, Horsley Park, Eastern Creek and those in the Ropes Creek sewage network area Minchinbury, Dharruk, Hassall Grove, Blackett, Bidwill, Plumpton, Oakhurst, Hebersham, Emerton, Ropes Crossing, North St Marys, St Clair, Oxley Park, Colyton, Mount Druitt, Rooty Hill, Lethbridge Park, Tregear, Whalan, Erskine Park, Shalvey, Willmot, Shanes Park, Marsden Park, St Marys and Eastern Creek.

Anyone who lives or works in or around these areas is asked to be particularly vigilant for any symptoms that could signal COVID-19, and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Western Sydney urged to get tested

Anyone who visited Auburn Town Centre on or after 27 June to get tested for COVID-19, even if they do not have any symptoms. People with no symptoms or who have not been to close or casual venues do not need to strictly isolate while waiting for their test result, but should limit their movements outside the home to only the essentials.

A number of other locations have been announced overnight in western Sydney which can be found here.

There are over 30 testing clinics in western Sydney and more than 350 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.

You must stay at home

Stay-at-home orders are now in effect across all 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.