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Hotel Jesmond, Wallsend Diggers on alert over COVID-19

A pub and a club in the NSW Hunter region are the latest venues to close for deep cleaning after a person from Sydney visited while infectious with COVID-19.

NSW Health issued a warning on Sunday night, urging anyone who visited Hotel Jesmond (July 29 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm) or Wallsend Diggers (July 30 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm) to self-isolate for 14 days

“Get tested regardless of symptoms, but you must remain in isolation for the full 14 days even if your initial test is negative. If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should be retested,” the statement said.

It is understood a confirmed Sydney case visited Newcastle on July 29 and 30.

The venues were deep cleaned overnight.

Dr David Durrheim, public health controller for Hunter New England Health’s COVID-19 response, said the local health department was still working to contact patrons who were at the venues because they “may be at risk of infection”.

“This action (isolating) is vital to limit the spread of the virus,” he said.

“I encourage everyone to follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain COVID-safe practices.”

A drive-through testing site is in operation at the nearby University of Newcastle. Otherwise, locals can be tested at 4Cyte Pathology’s COVID-19 clinic at Central Church, Warners Bay.

NSW recorded 12 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. Only one was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

Ten were linked to known clusters or close contacts and one case remains under investigation.

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