Shire COVID cases double in a week but fewer venues of concern

Call for more testing: COVID testing centre in Roberts Road, Jannali. Picture: Chris Lane
Call for more testing: COVID testing centre in Roberts Road, Jannali. Picture: Chris Lane

Active COVID cases in Sutherland Shire have more than doubled in a week.

However, in an encouraging sign, there have been no alerts for venues of concern in the shire for the last two days.

Twenty-four active cases were recorded by NSW Health in Sutherland Shire up till 8pm on Sunday July 18, compared with 11 a week earlier.

The source of eight cases is unknown.

NSW Health postcode figures, which are also up to July 18, but seemingly a little behind the local government area figures, show 22 active cases.

The highest number, eight, are in postcode 2224, which covers the Sylvania area, including Southgate shopping centre.

The numbers are:

  • 2224 (Sylvania, Sylvania Southgate, Kangaroo Point): 8
  • 2225 (Caravan Head, Oyster Bay): 3
  • 2226 (Bonnet Bay, Como, Jannali): 0
  • 2227 (Gymea area): 0
  • 2228 (Miranda area): 1
  • 2229 (Caringbah area): 4
  • 2230 (Cronulla area and Bundeena): 0
  • 2231 (Kurnell): 0
  • 2232 (Kareela, Kirrawee, Grays Point, Sutherland, Woronora, Loftus): 1
  • 2233 (Engadine, Heathcote, Waterfall): 1
  • 2234 (Menai area): 4

COVID concerns have been issued for several venues in the shire over the last week.

They included Kareela Grocer, in Kareela Village, where a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

Kareela Village advised anyone who was was in the store on Thursday July 15 between 3pm and 6.30pm to self isolate, seek a test and wait for advice from NSW Health.

People have been warned not to go to pharmacies if they are feeling sick and can't see a doctor.

The warning follows a growing number of pharmacies, including at Sutherland and Sylvania being listed as venues where COVID cases have visited.

Anyone who attended these pharmacies at the times listed must monitor for symptomsand if they occur get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result:

  • Sylvania: Southgate Pharmacy, Tuesday 6 July 11:05am to 11:20am.
  • Sutherland: Priceline Pharmacy, Old Princess Highway, Monday 12 July, 3:40pm to 4:00pm.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant reiterated Sutherland Shire was an area of concern and called for higher test numbers.