NSW coronavirus death toll rises to 53, patrons of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club urged to isolate

| 14.08,20. 01:42 AM |

NSW coronavirus death toll rises to 53, patrons of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club urged to isolate

NSW has recorded 53 COVID-19 deaths since the outbreak of the virus.(ABC News: Brendan Esposito, File Photo)

Health authorities have issued a new alert for patrons of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, urging people who were at the club from Friday to Monday to self-isolate and get tested for coronavirus.

A second case of coronavirus was found within a staff member at the club, while a case reported on Wednesday also worked at the venue, a NSW Health spokesperson confirmed.

The source of infection for each of these workers remains under investigation.

The times are:

Friday, August 7 from 5:00pm to 6:30am on Saturday, August 8
Saturday, August 8, 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Sunday, August 9, 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Monday, August 10, from 12:00pm to 9:30pm.

A third case of COVID-19 was also confirmed in a staff member at Liverpool Hospital, though there is no risk to the hospital after all close contacts were told to self-isolate.

"The first staff member notified with COVID-19 is linked to a known cluster," a spokesperson from NSW Health said.

"The contact tracing team is continuing its work to identify how the other two staff members acquired the coronavirus."

Earlier it was confirmed a woman aged 80 has become the 53rd coronavirus death in NSW as health authorities confirmed 12 new cases in the state.

Christine Selvey from NSW Health said Jamilie Joseph was linked to the Our Lady of Lebanon cluster and passed on condolences to Ms Joseph's friends, family and the church community.

Five of Thursday's new cases are in hotel quarantine, while three are locally acquired without a known source.

Four are locally acquired and linked to known cases.

Dr Selvey said a previously reported case linked to Our Lady of Mercy College attended Westfield Liverpool on August 7, from 10:30am-11:00am and 12:30pm-1:00pm while infectious with COVID-19.

The person also went to 5th Avenue Beauty Bar in Wetherill Park on August 8 from 2:00-3:00pm.

Patrons at these venues are considered casual contacts and advised to monitor for symptoms.

The last COVID-19 death in NSW was on August 1 — an 83-year-old man who was linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula.

The total recorded deaths from the virus Australia-wide now stands at 361.

The latest death follows health authorities zeroing in on a coronavirus outbreak linked to a private school in Sydney's north-west.

Yesterday, NSW chief medical officer Kerry Chant confirmed the Tangara School for Girls outbreak had grown to 19.

The source of the cluster at the Cherrybrook school remains under investigation, but health authorities are probing a retreat organised by the nearby Eremeran Hills Study Centre.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the school rejected any responsibility for the retreat.

"Eremeran is a third-party provider of after school care, a homework centre and other activities and retreats for the community," the spokesperson said.

"Bookings are undertaken directly with the organisation and the school plays no role in organising or monitoring attendees."

The spokesperson said the school had not organised extracurricular school activities and camps since March.

Eremeran said five girls from years 10 and 11 had attended a retreat at a venue in Bargo, 100 kilometres south-west of Sydney.

The centre is now closed but none of its staff have tested positive.

"We are continuing to assist NSW Health in their endeavours to ascertain whether the retreat may have contributed to the outbreak," the centre said in a statement.

Two people infected with COVID-19 and linked to the Tangara outbreak also visited the Wildginger restaurant in Huskisson on the South Coast on Saturday, August 8, from 7:45pm to 10:30pm.

The restaurant is now closed.

Patrons and staff who were there at the same time must isolate for 14 days and get tested, the local health authority said.

There are 3,738 coronavirus cases in NSW, with 135 being treated by NSW Health, including seven people in intensive care.

NSW Health said 1.75 million tests had been conducted since the pandemic began — 24,621 in the past 24 hours.


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