Canberrans not to travel to Sydney’s Northern Beaches until further notice

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ACT Health has issued new Health Advice, Canberrans are not to visit the Northern Beaches area of Sydney at this time, as the Coronavirus Cluster grows to 28 cases.

It’s been revealed it’s an international strain, most likely from a returning overseas traveller.

Any Canberrans who have been to the Northern Beaches area since last Friday the 11th of December must self isolate and get a COVID test.

Full details from ACT Health:

There are now 28 cases confirmed cases linked to the Northern Beaches, as reported by NSW Health on Friday morning.

 

Our travel and health advice to the community remains the same. We are asking people to do three things:

 

  1. Do not to travel to the Northern Beaches area of Sydney at this time. People from the Northern Beaches area should also not travel to the ACT.

  1. Anyone who has visited the Northern Beaches area from Friday 11 December 2020 must self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they were last there and get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. People must stay in quarantine for the whole 14 days even if they have a negative test result.

  1. Anyone who has been in an affected location identified by NSW Health should follow the advice on the NSW website and contact the ACT Health COVID-19 team on (02) 5124 9213 for further advice.

Given the increase in cases and the evidence of community transmission, a new Public Health Direction that has been put in place from 11.59am this morning, declares the Northern Beaches Local Government Area as a COVID-19 affected area. Under the Direction, those who have been in the Northern Beaches from Friday 11 December 2020 are legally required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they were last there. Further information on requirements for quarantine is on the ACT COVID-19 website.

With demand for testing currently at high levels, we ask those impacted by this direction to immediately quarantine, organise their testing for later in the day and be patient with staff at our testing clinics. For information on testing clinics please visit the COVID-19 website.

“We are acting quickly to respond to this outbreak as is NSW Health and we are working closely with our counterparts in NSW. We know this is difficult but we need the community to work with us and follow the health and travel advice closely,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said.

“This remains a rapidly evolving situation and we will keep the community informed as more information comes to hand.

“As we make plans to come together with our family and friends in the coming weeks, or travel over the summer holidays, we must be COVID-Safe and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms,” Dr Coleman said.

NSW Health advice and the list of affected locations is available at: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates 

Weston Creek Walk-in Centre resumes normal operations

The Weston Creek Walk-in Centre has returned to its usual health service operations. It will also continue to be a COVID-19 Testing Clinic.

Weston Creek Walk-in Centre, which just celebrated its first birthday, has been a key testing site throughout the pandemic. There have been more than 29,000 presentations to the Centre in its first 12 months.

 

Walk-in Centres are free and open daily from 7.30am to 10.00pm, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. They are best for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries such as colds and flu, cuts and sprains, fractures and infections.

Children under two years and people with complex conditions should see their GP.

For further information visit walkincentre.act.gov.au

 

General information

It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. We ask Canberrans to:

  • Physically distancing from other groups whenever possible
  • Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

The ACT Government also has a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is (02) 6207 7244 and is available between 8am and 8pm daily.