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More than 15,000 locals tested since Crossroads outbreak

More than 15,000 South Western Sydney residents have got themselves tested for Covid-19 since the Crossroads outbreak on July 10.

And while local health authorities have commended the huge numbers, they are still urging anyone else who may have visited any of the hotspots to get tested.

The Crossroads cluster has now risen to 48 people, 14 of those having visited the popular hotel located on the corner of Camden Valley Way (Old Hume Highway) and Campbelltown Road.

A South Western Sydney Local Health District spokesperson has told the South West Voice that since 10 July, 15,103 people have been tested at South Western Local Health District testing clinics.

This is in addition to tests conducted at private pathology laboratories GPs or respiratory clinics. 

There were 3,411 tests conducted at South Western Sydney Local Health District clinics alone last Thursday.

The response from South Western Sydney residents saw massive queues to testing clinics at the Crossroads Hotel and at Picton.

“We are incredibly grateful to our community for coming forward for testing and we continue to urge everyone who was at The Crossroads Hotel, Picton Hotel or Planet Fitness Gym, to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, even if their test was negative,’’ the spokesperson said.

“Anyone who develops symptoms after having a test, should have another test.

“It is essential people follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain Covid-safe practices of physical distancing of 1.5 metres, coughing or sneezing into their elbow, and regularly washing their hands.’’

In some positive Covid-19 news, one of the premises affected by the Crossroads outbreak, Wests Leagues Club at Leumeah, will reopen to the public this Thursday.

“To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we required each and every employee of Wests Group Macarthur to get tested,’’ Wests Group Macarthur said in a public statement.

“We have already received results for the vast majority, with more than 200 tests of staff, security and contractors. We are very pleased to report that to date, all have returned a negative result to Covid-19.

“We are planning to re-open our doors, this Thursday 23rd July from 10am.’’

The locations and opening hours of the SWSLHD clinics can be found at: www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au.

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