NSW Health has confirmed three new COVID-19 cases in the Bega Valley Shire, bringing the total to six active cases.
One of the confirmed cases is in Bega, one in Cobargo and the third in Beauty Point linked to a known case.
Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick said two of the cases were Bega Cheese employees from the Ridge Street site.
“Bega Cheese management commenced a controlled shutdown of the affected location when they were notified by NSW Health, with staff, contractors and visitors asked to test and isolate until a negative result is received,” Cr Fitzpatrick said.
“Bega Cheese management has acted swiftly, responsibly and with an abundance of caution, and it is our understanding that a shire-wide lockdown won’t be imposed by the NSW Government due to overall high vaccination rates across the state.
“This, however, does not mean we should be complacent. Without a lockdown in place and with active cases in the community, it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure we minimise the spread of COVID-19.
“The Delta variant is highly contagious, so more than ever we need to aware of the symptoms. If you have even the mildest headache, nausea, sore throat, runny nose, cough, loss of smell or taste, or fever, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.
“A drive-through pop-up test clinic is open this weekend at the Old Bega Racecourse in Bega. This will be running alongside the testing clinic at the South East Regional Hospital.
“If you’re out and about, make sure you check-in with the Service NSW app. With the state opening up from Monday and a roadmap in place we need to know all we can about where the virus is in our community, and this can only be done through testing, isolating and checking in to venues.
“We must all adapt to living with this virus, and we have responded to this with yesterday’s announcement of some changes to Council services from 11 October, in line with the NSW Government’s roadmap.”
“The Bega Valley Shire has proven many times before how adaptable and supportive we are in difficult times, and this is no different.”
The drive through pop-up testing clinic is open at the Old Bega Racecourse on Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday 11 October, from 8.00am – 4.00pm. No booking is required.
To access the testing clinic, vehicles need to enter from Auckland Street, turn right onto Jacksonia Grove moving towards the corner of East Street. Traffic control will be in place.
NSW Health venues of concern list: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/case-locations/exposure-sites
COVID-19 testing information: https://www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/our-services/infectious-disease/covid-19-testing
Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/easing-covid-19-restrictions
COVID-19 updates and advice from the NSW Government: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19