COVID-positive person ignores health advice and sparks NSW nightclub outbreak


A person who attended a Sydney boat party allegedly breached isolation and attended a nightclub sparking a COVID-19 cluster.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard told 2GB that a COVID-positive person from a boat party on Sydney Harbour, which sparked a cluster last week, ignored health advice to self-isolate and attended the Argyle House in Newcastle.

“I believe that person was asked to self-isolate for seven days and that person apparently on the face of it may not have done that and went to a nightclub in Newcastle,” Mr Hazzard said.

Mr Hazzard also confirmed there has been a significant jump in people testing positive for the virus after attending the nightclub on December 8.

“What we do know is that out of the 650 to 680 people, there are now more than 200 patrons positive for COVID-19,” he said.

Testing is underway to see if these cases are the Omicron variant.

Only 150 confirmed cases were known this morning.

NSW Health has been asked by Mr Hazzard to refer the person to NSW Police for breaching health orders.

Anyone who went to The Argyle House nightclub from 9pm on Wednesday, December 8 to 3am on December 9 has been deemed a close contact and must immediately get tested, and isolate for seven days.

A person who caught COVID-19 at a boat party on Sydney Harbour, ignored health advice to self-isolate and went to a Newcastle club, which is now linked to hundreds of cases.
A person who caught COVID-19 at a boat party on Sydney Harbour, ignored health advice to self-isolate and went to a Newcastle club, which is now linked to hundreds of cases. (9News)

They must then minimise mixing with other people and avoid high-risk settings for the next seven days.

NSW Hunter region hospitals introduce restrictions

As a result of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the NSW Hunter region, hospitals will introduce temporary visitor restrictions.

Hospitals across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Lower Hunter will now only allow one visitor per patient per day.

“Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis for compassionate or extenuating circumstances such as those in a critical condition, receiving palliative care or visiting a new sibling,” a statement said.

Visitors must be fully vaccinated and will be expected to pass a screening process prior to entry.

face mask nsw restrictions easing sydney
Visitors to Hunter hospitals will need to wear a mask, check in via a QR code and maintain social distancing. (Getty)

COVID-19 restrictions ease tomorrow

The jump in today’s COVID-19 cases will not impact restrictions being rolled back tomorrow, Mr Hazzard confirmed earlier today.

Rules will relax at 12.01am, including for the unvaccinated.

Masks will no longer be required in shops, the two-person per square-metre rule will be axed and the QR check-in will only be used at high-risk venues.

This is despite NSW recording a significant spike in case numbers, with 804 new infections in the past 24 hours.

“We will look at all options as we proceed,” Health Minister Brad Hazzard said today.

“But at the moment, our government here in New South Wales is very keen to get us all back to normality, to our previous life.

“But our previous life is best served by people being vaccinated, and going to get the booster.”

Mr Hazzard said there are no plans for snap lockdowns and the date unvaccinated people are allowed to rejoin society would not be delayed.

“Our government in New South Wales has led the country. We’re not going to start backflipping on issues we promised the community we’ll do,” he said.

Coronavirus cases in NSW are on the rise.
Coronavirus cases in NSW are on the rise. (Bloomberg)

A total of 85 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have now been recorded in NSW.

However, NSW Health expects further Omicron cases to be identified in the coming days as results of genomic testing are confirmed.

One further death has been recorded in the state overnight, while 168 people are in hospital with the virus.

Of those, 21 are in an intensive care unit.

Authorities said it was “likely” a number of these cases — and some from nearby Finnegan’s Hotel a few days later — are the new Omicron variant, with the results of genomic testing still to come.

Anyone who was at Finnegan’s Hotel from 6.30pm on Friday, December 10 to 2.30am on December 11 is a close contact and must immediately get tested and isolate for seven days.

All household contacts of close contacts must also be tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received by everyone in the household.

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