Two new cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a medical clinic in Sydney’s southwest.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said two GPs had been diagnosed with the virus at the A2Z Medical Clinic at Lakemba.
“I’d like the community to be very aware of this, because there may be a lot of people who have been through this particular facility,” he said on Monday.
The two new cases were linked to a previously reported case in a patient who attended Lakemba Radiology.
NSW Health was contacting everyone considered to be a close contact of these cases and all staff at the clinic were now isolating and are being tested and close contacts have been urged to get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.
Casual contacts of cases must monitor for symptoms, then get tested and isolate immediately if they develop.
NSW Health said anyone who attended A2Z Medical Clinic at the following times should self-isolate and get tested if symptoms occur: October 1 from 2.30 to 3.30pm, October 9 from 3 to 4.30pm or anytime on October 10.
The infected patient also attended Isra Medical practice at Lakemba, and anyone who attended on October 5 from 7.15 to 7.40pm was considered a casual contact.
Earlier on Monday NSW Health reported there had been just one new case of locally transmitted COVID-19, with five new cases recorded in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
The new cases were recorded from 7391 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday night, compared with 12,823 the previous day.
NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Jeremy McAnulty said the new locally acquired case was a household contact of a case reported on Sunday, which was linked to another two previously reported cases. The source was still being investigated.
“Testing numbers have dropped recently, which is a concern as it limits our ability to find people with COVID-19 early and contain further spread,” he said.
People particularly in western and southwestern Sydney are being urged to get tested even if they have mild symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be COVID-19.
There are 54 people being treated in hospitals for COVID-19 but only one is in intensive care.