A COVID-19 testing clinic will open this evening at the Crossroads Hotel car park after two patrons who visited the premises on Friday, July 3 tested positive for the coronavirus.
NSW Health originally said both cases, who are not otherwise linked, visited the Crossroads Hotel on Saturday, but confirmed later it was Friday.
The hotel is located on the corner of the Hume Highway and Camden Valley Way, Casula.
After previously announcing that a woman in her 30s in the Liverpool area had tested positive, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said on Friday that a man from the Blue Mountains in his 50s in the same area had also returned a positive test today.
Mr Hazzard said that the Crossroads Hotel had been directed to close while they investigate the source of the infection and tracing is underway.
NSW Health is currently working with the hotel owners to immediately identify and contact people who were at the hotel that evening.
"What has been found is that particular lady and this 50-year-old gentleman both attended last Saturday night, independently, at a hotel. That hotel is the Crossroads Hotel at Casula," he said.
"That has major ramifications because that appears to be a likely point of connection where the two people could have actually come into some contact with the virus, not necessarily directly but at least the virus at the same location.
"If you have any symptoms at all, please get along [to the clinic]."
Anyone with even the mildest of symptoms is encouraged to come forward for testing, especially people who visited the hotel last Friday and early this week.
People with symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore or scratchy throat or shortness of breath, should visit the clinic or see their GP for testing.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant is urging anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel on the evening of Friday, July 3 to self-isolate, monitor for symptoms and come forward for testing immediately should they develop even the mildest of symptoms.
- The clinic at the Crossroads Hotel car park will open on Friday, July 10 from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 from 10am to 4pm. No bookings are necessary. COVID-19 testing clinics at Liverpool, Fairfield and Campbelltown Hospitals will extend their hours from 6pm if there is an increase in demand.