New COVID-19 Cases Linked to Sydney CBD Gymnasium
Just weeks after Greater Sydney’s fitness studios were allowed to reopen, NSW Health reported that City Gym, in the downtown suburb of Darlinghurst, has been an exhibition site for COVID-19.
NSW Health today issued an alert for City Gym, noting that 15 confirmed cases have been linked to the club, those who attended the gym at the stated times are now considered casual contact and should be tested and self-tested. isolate until they receive a negative result.
- All day Monday, October 18
- from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19
- from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday October 20
- From 6 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, October 21
- from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday 22 October
- from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday 23 October
NSW Health said the confirmed cases trained at the gym while infectious or caught the virus in the gym itself.
Only fully immunized people can attend the gym under current NSW COVID-19 restrictions.
Under New South Wales’ new health rules, casual contacts only need to be tested and isolated until a negative result is received.
NSW Health said it visited the gym and “provided advice on additional measures to reduce the risk of transmission if exposed in the future.”
NSW has recorded 304 new local cases of coronavirus and three deaths in the past 24 hours.
One of the deaths was a person in their thirties.
It comes as the trip between Greater Sydney and regional NSW is expected to be resumed on Monday after being postponed.
The urgent alert comes as NSW Health waits for the green light to administer booster injections of the COVID-19 vaccine, confirming that it will keep most of its mass vaccination centers operational to perform the injections alongside general practitioners and other providers.
However, some of NSW Health’s vaccination clinics are expected to close in the coming weeks.
With the site seeking to allow events to resume from December, the Qudos Bank Arena Mass Vaccination Clinic in Sydney Olympic Park will close on November 7.
The Qudos Bank Arena vaccination center opened in August to vaccinate students at HSC West Sydney. It has remained open to the public and has administered over 360,000 vaccinations.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Qudos Bank Arena chief executive Steve Hevern said his team “jumped at the chance” to help the state meet its immunization goals, commenting “he’s making no doubts that the largest vaccination center in NSW has greatly helped in paving the way for a return to some semblance of normalcy in the daily lives of Australians
Image: City Gym in Darlinghurst is now listed as a casual contact exhibition site.
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