NSW Health issue warning after Sydney woman attended churches, funeral

There are fears of an imminent spike in coronavirus cases in Sydney after a woman attended church services and a funeral while infected, and three schools were closed after four students tested positive.

NSW Health is warning attendees of five church services between July 16 and July 19 to monitor for symptoms of the deadly coronavirus, self-isolate if they have any and get tested.

The department said people who may have had contact with the woman need to be on the lookout over the next 14 days for things like fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, loss of smell and taste.

On Saturday, NSW health authorities recorded 15 new cases had been identified in the 24 hours to 8pm Friday night.

Nine of those are believed to be locally acquired and six were in hotel quarantine.

Eight of those new cases were tied to the cluster from the Thai Rock restaurant at Wetherill Park, while one is still under investigation.

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“Even if minor symptoms develop attendees of these services should self-isolate and seek testing,” NSW Health said.

NSW reported seven new cases of coronavirus on Friday.

A public health warning that was issued on Friday said a Fairfield woman in her 40s attended a number of services and that contact tracing was underway.

The woman attended St Brendan’s Catholic Church at Bankstown between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday July 16.

The next day (July 17) she attended Ausia Funeral Services at Fairfield East between 1pm and 8pm.

On July 18 she returned to Bankstown’s St Brendan’s Catholic Church for a funeral service from 10am to 11am, and then to Rookwood Cemetery for a St John of God Law burial service from 11.30am to 1pm.

She also attended Mt Pritchard’s Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church at 7.30am on July 19.

On Friday, three Sydney catholic schools were closed for urgent cleaning after four students tested positive.

All four cases were linked to a cluster tied to the Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park, which now stands at 56 cases.

Two of the cases were also linked to a separate cluster at the Our Lady of Lebanon church in Harris Park.

Cerdon College at Merrylands was closed after two students tested positive.

Two other cases, both from the same family, led to the closure of Bossley Park’s Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School and Bonnyrigg Heights’ Freeman Catholic College.

All staff, students and families are being advised to get tested if they start exhibiting symptoms.

Anyone who attended Marsden Park Costco between 11:00am to 2:00pm on July 19 is also being told to lookout for symptoms and get tested if they have any.

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