Crossroads COVID cluster grows to 21, new club scare

 

21 cases of coronavirus can be linked to the Crossroads Hotel outbreak, NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant has confirmed.

There are 10 cases in people who were at the hotel, and a further 11 cases in close contacts to those patrons.

A 'tertiary' case has also been confirmed in a southwestern woman in her 50s, who was a contact of a close contact of a Crossroads Hotel case.

"You can see that when we have some cases that were contacts of contacts of cases, you can see how rapidly Covid-19 can spread," Dr Chant said.

There have been 14 cases recorded in the 24 until 8pm yesterday, and a further seven recorded up until noon today. All seven of today's cases are linked to the Crossroads Hotel.

Dr Chant said the investigation into finding the patient zero of the Casula outbreak is looking into whether the virus came from Victoria, and NSW Health is in contact with other states to determine if truckers may be close contacts.

"This is called the Crossroads Hotel for a reason, it is on a popular route," Dr Chant said.

Dr Chant said a tightening of restrictions could be on the cards if cases are identified without links to the Crossroad Hotel or another known case.

"If we see any emergence of cases that are not linked to either known cases or the Crossroads attendance on those days, then obviously that will lead us to reflect on additional measures," Dr Chant said.

Despite pokies being a feature in all the venues with identified cases today, Dr Chant said NSW Health isn't overly concerned.

"Clearly some people were playing poker machines, but it isn't a strong feature," Dr Chant said.

"A lot of people were consuming meals, and it was a party or celebration for various work events as opposed to us being concerned about the poker machines," she said.

CASE AT STAR CASINOSydney's Star Casino has also confirmed a patron who visited the complex on July 4 has tested positive for COVID-19. On the same day, it's been revealed a visitor who has tested positive to the virus may have visited Canterbury Leagues Club with an investigation now underway.

In a statement lodged to the ASX, the Star group said it had been informed by NSW health authorities that a patron who visited the casino on Saturday, July 4 returned a positive reading for the infectious disease.

The Star noted the patron had been on the premises from around 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

A patron who visited the complex on July 4 has tested positive for COVID-19.
A patron who visited the complex on July 4 has tested positive for COVID-19.

"The Star is working closely with NSW Health to respond to this information, including the conduct of contact tracing which includes staff members," the company said.

The casino reopened on June 1 and was operating on a restricted timetable.

Meanwhile the total number of COVID-19 infections linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney's southwest has risen to 13 after four new cases were confirmed overnight.

The new infections come after health authorities on Sunday afternoon reported four positive tests from the Casula pub cluster on top of five previously reported by officials.

The Crossroads cluster has forced the closure of the Picton Hotel for cleaning after a case linked to the outbreak attended the gaming room of the venue while infectious on July 4, and 10.

NSW recorded 14 total coronavirus cases overnight with four returned travellers in hotel quarantine and two NSW residents who were infected in Victoria.


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