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Extend testing vital

NEW cases of Covid-19 at a restaurant and a church in Bankstown and a Georges River school all linked to known clusters, have sparked a call for more pop-up testing clinics with extended operating hours.

Call for more pop-up clinics as cases arising at restaurants, church, school

Describing it as “a crucial time for NSW”, Shadow Minister for Health, Ryan Park, says the best way to avoid a second lockdown is “to make testing quick and accessible”.
NSW Health said a Fairfield woman in her 40s tested positive after attending several church services, including one at St Brendan’s Catholic Church at 6.30pm on Thursday, July 16 and a burial service at Rookwood Cemetery between 11.30am-1pm on Saturday, July 18.
A child linked to the same cluster, who attends Georges River Grammar School in Georges Hall, has also been confirmed as having the virus, and the school was closed on Monday for contact tracing and professional cleaning.
In addition, a couple reported with Covid-19, attended the An Restaurant at Bankstown on Saturday and anyone who was there between 9-11am on Thursday, July 23, is asked to watch for symptoms and get tested immediately if they appear.
While most of the State’s cases to date have been linked to known clusters, community transmission is continuing and NSW Health is calling on people to redouble their efforts to stop the virus spreading.
State MP for Bankstown, Tania Mihailuk, also urged residents to “abide by social distancing guidelines and continue to monitor for symptoms, and should they occur, self-isolate and get tested immediately”.
“It’s important for our community to remain calm, to think of each other as well as the vulnerable during this time, and to follow the advice from NSW Health,” she said.