NORTHERN BEACHES PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT

17 December 2021

NSW Health can advise that 17 cases of COVID-19 have now been identified in the Northern Beaches area, including cases diagnosed yesterday and today.

As a number of new cases are currently being interviewed, it is likely that a number of new venues will be identified and that people in the northern beaches may have attended these venues.

Therefore, to assist contact tracing and to contain any potential spread of COVID-19, we ask that for the next three days, people residing in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area take the following steps:

  • Work from home and remain at home as much as possible
  • Do not visit friends or relatives in aged care facilities or hospitals unless essential
  • Avoid unnecessary gatherings
  • Keep to your household group
  • Avoid visiting high-risk venues including clubs, restaurants, places of worship and gyms
  • Avoid unnecessary travel outside the Northern Beaches area.

At this time, we request that people from outside the area should avoid unnecessary travel to the Northern Beaches.

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 https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.

AFFECTED VENUES
NSW Health has been notified of further venues of concern following the two new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon in the northern area of the Northern Beaches.
TESTING

Everyone 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.

NSW Health has increased testing options for the Northern Beaches community through three new pop-up testing clinics operating from this afternoon.

They are available at:

  • Avalon pop-up, Avalon Recreation Centre, 59 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon. Open seven days, 8am to 10pm.
  • Newport Pop up, Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevard, Newport. Open seven days, 8am to 10pm.
  • Warringah Aquatic Centre Drive-through, 1 Aquatic Dr, Frenchs Forest. Open seven days a week, 8am to 10pm.

Please note, the pop-ups are operational until 10pm, but if needed they will continue past 10pm to continue providing testing to the community.

A new drive-through clinic will open at Avalon Bowling Club at 8am on Friday:

  • Avalon Laverty drive-through pathology, Avalon Bowling Club Car Park, Avalon Parade, Avalon Beach NSW 2107. Open seven days, 8am to 4pm.

Other Northern Beaches testing centres are located at:

  • Mona Vale Hospital, Gate 3 Coronation Street, Mona Vale. Open seven days 7.30am-5.30pm. Please note that staffing has been increased to assist with testing demand.
  • Brookvale Community Health Centre, 612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Open seven days, 8am-6pm.
  • Northern Beaches Hospital, 105 Frenchs Forest Road (West), Frenchs Forest, (rear of Emergency Department). Open seven days, 8am-5pm.

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 https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.