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Sydney pub staffer tests positive

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 12/07/2020 Lara Pearce

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A staff member at the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney's south-west has tested positive for COVID-19, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant has confirmed.

The 18-year-old employee tested positive overnight, but the result will be recorded in tomorrow's statistics.

Health authorities are urging everyone who attended the Crossroads Hotel in Casula between July 3 and July 10 to immediately self isolate and present for testing.

NSW Health is currently working to contact everyone who visited the pub on those dates, using the contact lists provided by the hotel.

Five new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in New South Wales as of 8pm overnight.

Two are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

The three other cases are the family members of a Blue Mountains man who tested positive after visiting the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney's south-west on July 3.

Pop-up testing at Crossroads Hotel in Casula

Long queues have again formed outside a testing clinic set up outside a pub at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak in Sydney's south-west.

The Crossroads Hotel in Casula was shut down on Friday after two patrons, a 30-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man, who visited the pub on July 3 tested positive.

Yesterday, three people who lived with the man also tested positive, bringing the confirmed cases linked to the cluster to five.

a car parked on the side of a road: Long queues have again formed for the pop-up testing clinic at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula today amid fears of a fresh coronavirus outbreak. © 9News Long queues have again formed for the pop-up testing clinic at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula today amid fears of a fresh coronavirus outbreak. a person wearing a hat sitting on top of a car: A woman has told the Weekend Today show that an employee at the Crossroads Hotel has tested positive to COVID-19. © 9News A woman has told the Weekend Today show that an employee at the Crossroads Hotel has tested positive to COVID-19.

"My son's friend actually works at the Crossroads and he has just been tested positive," the woman said.

"He was told last night at about 7pm and my son had been with him, so that's why we are all here this morning."

The hotel remains closed for deep cleaning and authorities are calling on anyone who visited the venue on that day to immediately self-isolate and come forward for testing.

a person driving a car: The pop-up testing clinic opened at the Crossroads Hotel on Friday after two patrons who attended the pub independently of each other tested postiive for COVID-19. © Brook Mitchell The pop-up testing clinic opened at the Crossroads Hotel on Friday after two patrons who attended the pub independently of each other tested postiive for COVID-19.

The two patrons who tested positive did not know each other and were at the Crossroads Hotel independently last Friday night, raising concerns of a third party who unknowingly spread the virus. 

"We're at a critical point of the fight to contain the virus," Dr Jeremy McAnulty said yesterday.

"It's essential the community works together to limit the spread of the virus by always maintaining good hand hygiene, adhering to physical distancing rules whenever possible and getting tested whenever symptoms developed however mild."

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