Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW

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Public Health Alert: COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula, Sydney NSW.

July 13th, 2020

Categories: Media Releases

NSW Health have confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel located in Casula, a suburb in Sydney’s South West region. There are significant concerns that these cases  increase the risk of Community transmission in NSW and we must continue to take the right steps to slow the spread, and keep our Communities safe.

AH&MRC’s CEO, Robert Skeen: “Following the advice of NSW Health, AH&MRC urges anyone who has visited the Crossroads Hotel, including staff and patrons between Friday 3rd to Friday 10th July to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they last visited and have a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.” A full list of COVID-19 testing clinics is available here.

Visitors to the Crossroads Hotel who feel unwell with flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath must immediately have a COVID-19 test and should follow the advice from their healthcare professional.

Some people can be infected with COVID-19 and show no symptoms. NSW Health urges anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel to go to their nearest COVID-19 testing location to be tested, even if they do not have any symptoms of illness.

It is important to note that even with a negative COVID-19 test result, the 14-day self-isolation period must be completed. This is because people with COVID-19 may develop symptoms up to 14 days after they have been in contact to a person with COVID-19 and a recent negative test will not identify a person who may develop the illness later.

AH&MRC’S CEO, Robert Skeen: “Self-isolation is an important measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our Community and reduce the possibility of spreading the virus to Elders, family members and friends, who may become severely unwell with COVID-19. We all have a part to play to keep our Communities safe, healthy and strong during this pandemic.”

AH&MRC encourages everyone to continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing measures including regularly washing your hands, covering your coughs and sneezes and continue to practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres apart from other people and avoid large gatherings. There can be a maximum of only 20 visitors to your home at any one time, and no more than 20 people can gather outside in a public place. Retail businesses and restaurants must ensure that each person has 4 square metres of space and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

If you or anyone in your family is feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms stay home and arrange to get a COVID-19 test at your closest COVID-19 testing clinic. Please call your nearest Aboriginal Medical Service for more information, especially if you have any concerns about having recently attended the Crossroads Hotel during the 3 to 10 July.


You may also visit this NSW Health website for information about this incident at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20200713_00.aspx or you may wish to call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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