16 December 2020

​NSW Health has been notified this afternoon of two new cases of COVID-19 in people who live in the Northern Beaches area.

The source of these new infections is under investigation. At this stage, no links have been identified to other known cases.

The cases are a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s who are close contacts of each other.

Contact tracing and urgent genome sequencing are underway, with genome sequencing results expected in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The cases visited a number of venues while infectious.

People who have attended the following venues are considered close contacts and should get tested and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result.

  • Palm Beach female change rooms – Sunday, 13 December 9-9.15 am
  • Coast Palm Beach Café, Palm Beach – Sunday, 13 December 10-11am
  • Avalon Bowlo (bowling club), Avalon Beach – Sunday, 13 December, 3-5pm
  • Sneaky Grind Café, Avalon Beach – Monday, 14 December, 10.30-11am

People who have visited the following venues should get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result:

  •  Woolworths Avalon Beach – Sunday, 13 December, 12-5pm
  •  Oliver's Pie, Careel Shopping Village, Avalon Beach – Monday, 14 December, 9-9.15am

Everyone living in the Northern Beaches area should monitor for even the mildest of symptoms and come forward for testing immediately if they appear, then isolate until a negative result is received.

Testing clinics are located at:

  • Mona Vale Hospital, Gate 3 Coronation Street, Mona Vale – walk-in clinic – open 7.30am-5.30pm seven days a week
  • North Narrabeen Clinical Labs Pathology, 1416 Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen – drive-through clinic – open 10am-2pm Monday-Friday

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit COVID-19 testing clinics or contact your GP.

These latest cases, and the case from south-western Sydney announced this morning, will be included in the numbers reported on Thursday morning.