COVID-19 found in sewage after the Bathurst 1000

Henrietta Strickland
October 22, 2020

"He flew into Sydney International Airport, and travelled to Canberra on a private vehicle".

People who attended the race and present with coronavirus related symptoms are being asked to get tested as soon as possible.

It's not known if the virus remnants found in waste water originated from the event and one of the 4000 daily visitors, or a member of the township's 37,000 population, but NSW Health is asking anyone who has visited the region to be on the lookout for a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness or fever.

NSW Health is now investigating the movements of known cases to establish if infected persons attended the race or general area, including cases that are no longer considered active.

Authorities have declared the sample was taken from wastewater from the weekend's event, pointing to the possibility of a current or previous case in someone in attendance of the race.

The final warning came as restrictions in NSW were further eased, allowing up to 300 congregations in places of worship as of Friday after religious leaders complained of "inconsistent" restrictions.

Staffing at gyms will also be relaxed, with a COVID safety marshal only required when more than 20 people are working out.

Mr. Houston's Sydney Mega Church has a capacity of 4,000 people, but services were limited to just 100 people.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday morning testing numbers had risen to more than 15,000 overnight, but there was more work to be done.

Eight cases were diagnosed among returned travelers in hotel quarantine.

An alert has been issued for The Bavarian restaurant in Macarthur Square, Campbelltown after a case linked to the childcare centre attended the venue on October 10.

There were 14,932 tests in the reporting period, compared to 7,401 the day before.

Anyone who was there for less than an hour must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop any symptoms and after testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

Almost 15,000 people heeded NSW Health's plea for more people to get tested, compared with just 7,401 in the previous 24 hours.

NSW Health is treating 72 cases, with one patient in intensive care.

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