COVID-19 exposure site at Coles Express service station at Wallsend, Dr David Durrheim urges people to watch for symptoms

Test: Dr David Durrheim has warned of a new exposure site at Wallsend: Picture: Simone De Peak
Test: Dr David Durrheim has warned of a new exposure site at Wallsend: Picture: Simone De Peak

ANYONE who attended the west-bound Coles Express at Wallsend between 2.45pm and 3pm on Saturday, July 17, should immediately get tested and isolate until they have a negative result.

That is the latest advice from Hunter New England Health physician and public health controller Dr David Durrheim after the service station was identified as an exposure site.

"We would like to advise the community that the Coles Express service station westbound, at 14 Thomas Street in Wallsend has been identified as a COVID-19 exposure site," Dr Durrheim said.

"Anyone who attended the Coles Express between 2.45pm and 3pm on Saturday 17 July is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

"The service station will be closed while deep cleaning is underway."

A public health alert was issued after identifying the Thornton 7-Eleven as a location of concern.

The warning was issued late Friday night and an alert placed on HNEH's Facebook page.

Anyone who attended the 7-Eleven between 12.05pm and 12.11pm on Tuesday, July 13 should get tested and self-isolate until a negative result is received.

Dr Durrheim said it was important that we all remain vigilant and comply with current restrictions.

"Anyone who has experienced fever or the recent onset of respiratory symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, or loss of taste and smell, should seek testing immediately and isolate until a negative result is returned," he said.

For a full list of new venues and transport routes of concern visit the NSW Health website.

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