Health Department daily updates of shops and other venues in Sydney visited by COVID cases have been scrapped, except if the exposure is considered high risk.
This means the only information available to the wider community on exposure sites is a map on the NSW Health website, which pinpoints venues of concern from the last 14 days.
It appears this would unlikely to be the full picture. For example, only two locations are pinpointed in Sutherland Shire even though the number of active cases has risen to 44 - an increase of 13 in two weeks.
The change in the notification system follows contact tracers being overwhelmed as case numbers have soared and the disease has spread into regional NSW.
A statement on the NSW Health website says, "In metropolitan Sydney, contact tracing will now focus on people potentially exposed to a case in their household, at work and in a high-risk facility, including a healthcare or aged care facility, school, childcare centre, and in any location where transmission has been identified or is considered to be likely to occur".
"This revised process will reduce the large number of venues regularly identified on the NSW Government and NSW Health websites where experience has shown there to be a very low risk of infection, and allow the public to focus on those important venues, which will they will continue to be alerted to," the statement said.
"The revised process also streamlines and simplifies communications, making the response faster as well as more focused. It is critical people continue to check in to all venues using QR codes if leaving their home for essential goods or services."
The change drew strong criticism on the NSW Health Facebook page.
The NSW Health website map shows only two locations in Sutherland Shire where a confirmed COVID-19 case has visited while infectious in the previous 14 days, giving the address, date and time of exposure and health advice.
The two exposure venues in Sutherland Shire which are listed at present are:
The health advice in each case is to get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.
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