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KFC worker exposes dozens to Covid on three night shifts in Sydney outbreak ground zero Fairfield


A number of western Sydney businesses and Bondi Junction shops have been added to the latest list of coronavirus outbreak sites.

A positive KFC worker has exposed dozens of customers over three days of afternoon shifts in Fairfield, the city’s ground-zero for Covid cases.

Ampol Foodary in Rosebery has been listed as a high-risk exposure site, with anyone in attendance on Monday July 12 between 2:30pm and 2:45pm being told to immediately be tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

Several other locations across Sydney have also been added to the list after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed Sydney’s lockdown will be extended by at least two weeks as the state recorded another 97 Covid cases on Wednesday. 

Thousands of Fairfield locals queued to be tested on their way to work on Wednesday, even though they have another three days to do so

Thousands of Fairfield locals queued to be tested on their way to work on Wednesday, even though they have another three days to do so

Shops in Wetherill Park, Carlton, Chipping Norton, Casula and Bondi Junction all made up Wednesday afternoon’s latest drop of 15 new exposure sites.

Three pharmacies, a petrol station, Ezy Mart, food takeaway stores, a KFC chain and a major Costco outlet were all included in the report.

NSW Health are pleading with anyone who has been at the listed sites to follow instructions as they attempt to stem Sydney’s latest outbreak and move towards ending its lockdown.

SYDNEY’S NEW EXPOSURE SITES

Anyone who attended the following venue at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result. 

Rosebery – Ampol Foodary – 321 Gardeners Road – Monday July 12 between 2:30pm and 2:45pm

 

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Chipping Norton 

The 97 new cases in Sydney were found from 65,332 tests; a positive rate of 0.15 per cent.     

Premier Berejiklian said 24 of those infections were out in the community for at least part of the time they were infected, and 36 mystery cases are still under investigation. 

There are 71 Covid patients in hospitals across the state (an increase of six on Tuesday’s figure) and 20 in intensive care (down one from Tuesday) and still four on ventilators. 

The state’s outbreak, which began in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on June 16, has reached 864 people with 825 still classified as active cases – an increase of 80 in one day.

Ms Berejiklian said the city’s strict lockdown – which includes Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong – will be extended at least until 11.59pm on July 30, and would continue after that unless the number of carriers active in the community dropped to near zero. 

‘It always hurts to say this, but we need to extend the lockdown for at least another two weeks,’ she said. 

‘I appreciate people are stressed and upset about what is going on, myself included. None of us want to be in this situation.’ 

Greater Sydney’s five million residents will continue to be banned from leaving the home unless they have an essential reason, and online learning for schools will be compulsory for at least the next fortnight despite the Premier having previously promised it would only be for this week.

NSW Health said 70 of the cases came from south-west Sydney, but that there were now other suburbs across the city which are of ‘significant concern’.  

Three-quarters of the cases recorded overnight were found in the Fairfield local government area; the Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown council regions are also experiencing very high levels of transmission.

‘The (other) areas of concern are Roselands, Rosebery, Belmore, Sutherland Shire, the St George area, Windsor, St Ives, Penrith and the Bayside local government area,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

Pictured a masked pedestrian walks through Kings Cross in Sydney's inner-city on July 13. New South Wales has recorded 97 Covid-19 cases overnight as Sydney's lockdown was extended by another two weeks

Pictured a masked pedestrian walks through Kings Cross in Sydney’s inner-city on July 13. New South Wales has recorded 97 Covid-19 cases overnight as Sydney’s lockdown was extended by another two weeks 

Ms Berejiklian praised Fairfield locals for their response to the area’s stricter testing restrictions, which saw testing centres overwhelmed on Monday morning, forcing people to queue for hours in chaotic scenes.

‘Fairfield has responded in an outstanding way,’ she said. 

On Tuesday, she told anyone who lived in the Fairfield area and had to exit it for essential work would have to get tested every three days in an effort to prevent the virus spreading more widely across Sydney. 

Ms Berejiklian called on residents of the neighbouring Covid-19 hotspots – Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown – to follow Fairfield’s lead and go out and get tested.

‘We want to make sure those adjoining council areas also respond in the same way because we don’t want to see community transmission extend to other parts of Sydney,’ she said.

‘That means stay at home. Don’t leave the house unless you absolutely have to.’ 

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the majority of cases in the state to 8pm overnight were close contacts and household contacts of known infections.

‘The pattern as indicated is household transmission but we are seeing some in workplaces,’ she said.

‘This is a reminder for those essential businesses to ensure they have COVID- safe practices in place.’ 

There were 97 coronavirus cases recorded overnight in New South Wales as the state's outbreak continues to grow

There were 97 coronavirus cases recorded overnight in New South Wales as the state’s outbreak continues to grow

Health workers speak to members of the public at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at the Fairfield Showgrounds in Sydney on Wednesday. Residents were waiting up to eight hours in the queue at the Fairfield Showground drive-through testing clinic on Wednesday morning

Health workers speak to members of the public at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at the Fairfield Showgrounds in Sydney on Wednesday. Residents were waiting up to eight hours in the queue at the Fairfield Showground drive-through testing clinic on Wednesday morning

The announcement came as thousands of Sydney residents in Fairfield queued for up to eight hours on Wednesday morning to get a coronavirus test following the testing order from the NSW government. 

There were astonishing scenes at a 24-hour testing centre at Fairfield Showground as the queue of locals stretched for kilometres along Smithfield Road at 6am Wednesday, sparking traffic chaos.

Ms Berejiklian said on Wednesday she acknowledged the long wait times, but that residents on Sydney’s Northern Beaches experienced the same issues last December during their own Covid-19 outbreak.   

‘We accept that people had to wait a long time, we experienced this on the Northern Beaches,’ she said.

‘The health orders do say that it is not until the weekend that the order comes into place, but we appreciate a lot of people came forward to get tested.’

Fairfield residents have until the end of Friday to get tested if they are working outside their local government area. 

Many locals overnight slept in their cars outside testing centres in Fairfield as they queued to be swabbed overnight, while residents who lived in the LGA complained about being unable to drive out of their street due to the traffic bedlam.

There were also reports of police turning locals away at the drive-through clinic late Tuesday night with just two health workers conducting tests.

It was a far different story in Sydney’s east on Wednesday morning, where only a trickle of cars were waiting in line at a drive-through clinic at Heffron Park in Maroubra.

Surfers move along the Bondi Beach boardwalk in Sydney's east with their boards in hand on July 14

Surfers move along the Bondi Beach boardwalk in Sydney’s east with their boards in hand on July 14

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NEW RESTRICTIONS:

THE UPDATED RESTRICTIONS IN GREATER SYDNEY, BLUE MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL COAST, WOLLONGONG AND SHELLHARBOUR:

– Outdoor public gatherings limited to two people (excluding members of the same household)

– People must exercise within 10km of their home

– No carpooling with members of other households

– Browsing at shops is prohibited, and only one person per household per day may leave the home for shopping

– Funerals limited to 10 people from July 11.

THE FOUR REASONS TO LEAVE HOME UNDER LOCKDOWN:

– Shopping for food or other essential goods and services (one person per household per day)

– Medical care or compassionate needs (only one visitor can enter another residence in circumstances of compassionate needs)

– Exercise with no more than one other person (unless members of the same household)

– Essential work or education where you cannot work or study from home.

The long queues across Fairfield are expected to continue through the day, despite workers leaving the LGA having another three days to get their first swab.

Local Wayne joined the queue at Fairfield Showground at 1am and gave up three hours later because he had to rush to work.

‘The guy told me there was still a four-hour wait at that hour,’ he told 2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham. 

Another frustrated local who queued up to be tested on his way to work told the Today Show at 7am he’d be in the line for three hours already. 

Two pedestrians walk along the Bondi Beach boardwalk on Wednesday. Lockdown restrictions are in place across Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong

Two pedestrians walk along the Bondi Beach boardwalk on Wednesday. Lockdown restrictions are in place across Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong

Poll

Is the ‘test-to-leave your home’ requirement fair on essential workers supporting the community?

  • Yes 228 votes
  • No 295 votes
  • Not sure 44 votes

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone described the scenes as chaos as he slammed the new rules announced by the NSW government a day earlier. 

‘These are people that want to get tested, these are doctors and nurses, people that help our community, they work far and wide and these are essential workers,’ Mr Carbone told the Today show on Wednesday.

‘I think that the plan to get the mandated plan where people need to get tested two times a week, once every three days, was very badly thought out. 

‘We need more testing clinics, we need more vaccines. The government needs to listen to news the community. People can’t get out of their cars, people cannot sleep and people cannot get tested, most importantly.’

There are an estimated 45,000 local residents who work outside the Fairfield LGA, which is home to a population of 180,000.

Residents didn't have to wait long to be tested at Maroubra's Heffron Park on Wednesday

 Residents didn’t have to wait long to be tested at Maroubra’s Heffron Park on Wednesday

An aerial shot of Smithfield Road early Wednesday morning showed the queue for the testing clinic at Fairfield Showground stretching for kilometres

An aerial shot of Smithfield Road early Wednesday morning showed the queue for the testing clinic at Fairfield Showground stretching for kilometres

Mr Carbone has been inundated with complaints from frustrated locals about the long testing queues.

‘Yesterday, I got complaints from people who were sick who want to get tested, who can’t afford to wait six hours in a queue and have gone home,’ he said.

‘It’s unfortunate that the government has done this. I don’t think they understood the magnitude of it and I don’t think they understood the amount of essential workers we have in Fairfield.’ 

The Fairfield Showground testing clinic is struggling with the overwhelming demand from locals who work outside the LGA, who have until the end of Friday to get tested.

The Fairfield Showground testing clinic is struggling with the overwhelming demand from locals who work outside the LGA, who have until the end of Friday to get tested.  

Today show host Karl Stefanovic was shocked by the scenes and claims locals are waiting up to eight hours to be tested.

‘This is absolutely disgusting for the people of Fairfield that they have to wait that long at a testing clinic,’ he said.

‘It is not good enough for the people of Fairfield.

‘They’re doing the right thing this morning and they’re being badly let down.’

New Covid-19 testing rules- what you need to know 

New COVID-19 testing rules are in place under a Public Health Order for workers who live in Greater Sydney and the Fairfield local government areas.

*Fairfield LGA residents leaving the area for work must get tested every three days

*Residents have until the end of end of Friday (July 16) to get their first test

*Rule doesn’t apply to Fairfield residents who work in the LGA

*Workers are not required to wait for a negative test result but must carry proof of the test such as an SMS or email.

*Greater Sydney residents entering regional NSW for work must get a test every seven days and have until the end of Sunday to get their first test

Co-host Allison Langdon later grilled Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the chaotic scenes.

‘These are people who have come off 12-hour shifts, then waiting six hours for a test,’ she told the prime minister.

‘How is this good enough, the situation we’re seeing in Fairfield this morning?’

Mr Morrison replied: ‘I’m sure the NSW government, who is running the testing regimes there, will get on top of that.’

Residents in the Sydney's east didn't have to wait as long for a test on Wednesday morning. Pictured is Heffron Park in Maroubra

Residents in the Sydney’s east didn’t have to wait as long for a test on Wednesday morning. Pictured is Heffron Park in Maroubra 

Locals are waiting up to eight hours to be tested at Fairfield Showground, where the testing clinic is now open 24 hours. Pictured is the traffic queue

Locals are waiting up to eight hours to be tested at Fairfield Showground, where the testing clinic is now open 24 hours. Pictured is the traffic queue

NSW treasurer Dominic Perrottet apologised to the Fairfield community on behalf of the state government.

‘We working to get more testing into Fairfield,’ he told 2GB.

Mr Perrottet reminded locals they had until Saturday to get tested and can leave the Fairfield LGA while they’re waiting for test results, as long as they don’t have any symptoms.

The rule doesn’t apply to residents who don’t need to leave the local government area for work.

Traffic queues along Smithfield Road stretched for kilometres on Wednesday morning

Traffic queues along Smithfield Road stretched for kilometres on Wednesday morning

A second 24 hour pop-up drive-through clinic has also been set up at at nearby Endeavor Sports Park carpark in Fairfield West in response to the overwhelming demand.

Sydney’s lockdown is expected to be extended into a fourth week after NSW recorded 89 new cases on Tuesday, following 112 new infections a day earlier. 

Most of Tuesday’s new cases were recorded in Sydney’s south-west.

SYDNEY COVID EXPOSURE SITES ANNOUNCED TUESDAY NIGHT

Anyone who visited the following venues is considered a close contact and should get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of result:

Condell Park: IGA – Monday 12 July, 8.55am-9.10am

Smithfield: G James Glass and Aluminium – Tuesday 6 July, Wednesday 7 July, Thursday 8 July, and Friday 9 July (all 7am -6pm)

Punchbowl: Chubby Buns Burger – Wednesday 7 July, 7pm – 7.10pm

Bankstown: Primary Health Care Medical and Dental Centre (pharmacy only) – Wednesday 7 July, 9.45pm – 10pm

Greenacre: Sydney Wide Building Materials – Friday 9 July, 6.50am – 7.20am

Yagoona: Kaffiene & Co – Saturday 10 July, 1.30pm- 2pm

Lakemba: BHC Medical Centre – Monday 12 July, 8.35am -8.55am

NSW Health also wishes to advise of additional times to previously announced venues. Anyone who attended these venues at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

Endensor Park: Fred’s One Stop Shop – Friday 9 July, 2pm-3pm

Anyone who travelled on the following bus routes at the times listed is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

Fairfield to Fairfield: 804 Bus – From Hamilton Road to Fairfield Central, Thursday 8 July, departed 10.58am – arrived 11.03am

Fairfield to Smithfield: 800 Bus – From Fairfield Station to Polding Street, Thursday 8 July, departed 6.15pm – arrived 6.33pm

Anyone who attended the following venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received: 

Ramsgate: Health Save Pharmacy – Wednesday 7 July, 5pm- 5.40pm

Fairfield East: BP Carrington – Thursday 8 July, 4.45pm – 5pm

Fairfield: Aldi – Friday 9 July, 1.55pm – 2.15pm

Fairfield: Chemist Warehouse – Wednesday 7 July, 2.45pm – 3.40pm

Penrith: Westfield (ground floor food court) – Saturday 10 July, 12.30pm -1.30pm

Penrith: Woolworths – Westfield – Saturday 10 July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Penrith: Trims Fruit Shop – Westfield – Saturday 10 July, 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Emu Plains: Lennox Village – Friday 9 July, 3.40pm – 4.30pm

Emu Plains: McDonalds (Old Bathurst Rd) – Thursday 8 July, 2pm – 2.30pm

Jamisontown: Penrith Pies and Pastries – Friday 9 July, 11.50am – 12.20pm

Greenacre: Coles Express – Thursday 8 July, 6.10am – 6.40am

Guildford: Dan Murphy’s – Wednesday 7 July, 6pm – 6.45pm

Granville: Woolworths – Wednesday 7 July, 6.15pm – 7pm

Bondi Junction: Chemist Warehouse – Monday 5 July, 12.45pm – 1.15pm

Bankstown: Sydney Sand and Cement – Monday 5 July, 7am – 7.15am

Punchbowl: Woolworths – Tuesday 6 July, 9.30am – 9.45am

Smithfield: Sydney Tools – Wednesday 7 July, 12pm – 1.35pm

Belrose: Bunnings – Thursday 8 July, 7pm – 7.45pm, and Sunday 11 July, 1.15pm – 2pm

Belrose: Belrose Hotel Bottle Shop – Thursday 8 July, 7.20pm – 7.45pm and Sunday 11 July, 4.45pm to 5.15pm

Hurstville: Adam’s Kebabs and Pizza-Pide – Friday 9 July, 2pm -2.15pm

St Ives: O’Loughlin’s Medical Pharmacy – Friday 9 July, 6pm-6.30pm

St Ives: Oscars Chargrill – Monday 12 July, 5.20pm – 5.45pm

Fairfield: Aldi – Saturday 10 July, 10am – 10.15am

Wetherill Park: Woolworths – Saturday 10 July, 1pm-2pm

Wetherill Park: Chemistworks – Saturday 10 July, 2.45pm – 3.45pm

Yagoona: Mina Bakery – Saturday 10 July, 1.30pm-2pm

Frenchs Forest: Gyronimo’s – Sunday 11 July, 1.30 – 2.15pm

Frenchs Forest: Woolworths – Sunday 11 July, 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Blacktown: Subway (Westpoint) – Monday 12 July, 12.20pm to 12.35pm

Blacktown: Cotton On (Westpoint) – Monday 12 July, 1pm – 1.10pm

Blacktown: Espresso Warriors (Westpoint) – Monday 12 July, 1.10pm – 1.15pm

Blacktown: Cotton On Body (Westpoint) – Monday 12 July, 1.10pm – 1.20pm

Blacktown: Factorie (Westpoint) – Monday 12 July, 1.20pm – 1.30pm 

NSW Health also wishes to advise of additional times to previously announced venues. Anyone who attended these venues at the times listed is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

Pyrmont: Coles (Union St) – Monday 5 July, 1pm- 1.20pm and 6pm-6.15pm

Anyone who travelled on the following train routes at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received:

T8 Line: From Green Square Station to Lidcombe Station – Sunday 4 July, departed 12.38pm, arrived 1.21pm

T4 Line: From Hurstville Station to Miranda Station – Wednesday 7 July, departed 11.49am, arrived 12.17pm

T4 Line: From Hurstville Station to Wynyard Station – Thursday 8 July, departed 5.44am, arrived 6.18am

T4 Line: From Wynyard Station to Hurstville Station – Thursday 8 July, departed 8.34am, arrived 9.05am 

Anyone who attended the following venue at the times listed must monitor for symptoms and if they occur get tested immediately and self-isolate until a negative result is received:

Bondi Junction: Westfield – Friday 9 July, 6pm – 7pm

Haymarket: Tong Li Supermarket – Wednesday 7 July, 5.35pm- 5.50pm

Haymarket: Pontip Thai Market – Saturday 10 July, 12.10pm – 12.20pm

Bondi Junction: Kmart – Friday 9 July, 11.45am – 12.05pm

St Ives: St Ives Shopping Village – Friday 9 July, 6pm – 7pm, and Monday 12 July, 5.20pm – 6pm

Frenchs Forest: Forestway Shopping Centre – Sunday 11 July, 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Blacktown: Westpoint – Monday 12 July, 12pm – 1.30pm



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