There are nearly 50 active cases of COVID-19 in Snowy Monaro, with Jindabyne recording more cases and dozens of new exposure sites.
the main points:
- The Southeast has recorded seven new cases of COVID-19, all in Jindabein
- No decision has been made on whether to extend Snowy Monaro’s lockdown
- The COVID-19 exposure list now refers to most businesses in Jindabyne
NSW recorded 594 new locally acquired cases and ten people died from COVID-19 in the last reporting period.
Among the recent cases are seven new infections in Snowy Monaro, all in Jindabyne.
Only four of the new cases are linked.
There are now 89 active cases across the Southeast, with 49 in the Snowy Mountains, 34 in the Eurobodalla region and three in the Bega Valley.
Jindabyne Pharmacy owner Philip Young said while preparing for the outbreak, the housing situation in the area has led to an influx of case numbers.
“We have been preparing for this outbreak since March of last year,” he said.
“We have a lot of shared housing with staff housing and the cost of real estate in Jindabeen.
“So, it had a 10-day chance of a bounce and that’s why we’re seeing this sudden arrival of numbers.”
The closure has not yet been announced in Snowy Monaro.
The seven-day shutdown is currently slated to exit early Friday morning, but if the shutdown is extended, it will only be until Monday, October 11, when the entire state is set to reopen for fully vaccinated residents.
Dr Hamish Steiner, from Pompala St. Sergerie in Coma, said the area was not ready to reopen.
“I think everyone is a little bit worried about what’s going to happen on October 11th for sure as the numbers continue to rise,” said Dr. Steiner.
Mr. Young also believes that the area needs more time before it opens up again.
“We are looking forward to summer regional tourism,” he said.
“But we are not able to take anyone into town for the next two weeks because that would bring more risks.”
Over 30 new exposure sites have been listed across Snowy Monaro from Thursday 23rd September to Thursday 30th September.
Among them are Jindabyne Woolworths, Cooma Coles, and many hospitality venues and sports stores.
Anyone who attended the places at the times mentioned in NSW Health website He is urged to be tested immediately and isolated until a negative result is obtained.
Mr Young said his pharmacy had been listed multiple times and that he believed there weren’t many businesses left that hadn’t tested positive.
“It will continue to grow for another week or so, but then it will turn off because of our vaccines.”