20 July 2020

NSW Health is directing anyone who attended Our lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Harris Park to immediately self-isolate for 14 days and come forward for testing even if they are not experiencing symptoms if they attended on:

  • Wednesday 15 July – 5.30pm Mass
  • Thursday 16 July – 6pm Mass
  • Friday 17 July – 1pm Funeral & 6pm Mass

Anyone who has attended the church since 15 July outside of these specific times should also closely monitor for symptoms and get tested if they begin to feel unwell, no matter how mild their symptoms are.

The alert has been issued after a confirmed case linked to the Thai Rock restaurant cluster attended the church on the four occasions outlined prior to being diagnosed.

Two additional cases, parishioners who also attended services on these days, have now also returned a positive result for COVID-19, both of whom are in isolation.

NSW Health is working with the parish to contact worshippers who attended and signed the attendance sheet. The church has undergone cleaning but will remain closed.

Western Sydney Local Health District is setting up a pop-up clinic in the car park of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral from tomorrow for the next four days at 9am - 4:30pm. Clinics are also available in the area at Stocklands Merrylands and Auburn Community Health Centre and walks in clinic are also available at Westmead, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

NSW Health is reminding those wishing to attend church services to adhere to social distancing advice and practice good hand hygiene. Anyone who is feeling unwell should avoid public gatherings and workplaces, self-isolate and get tested immediately.

NSW Health continues to advise against group singing and chanting in religious services, including choirs, given the high risk of transmission associated with these activities. This is particularly important at this time as NSW responds to a number of COVID outbreaks.​