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Batemans Bay Soldiers Club to reopen, as COVID-19 focus moves to Perisher in southern NSW

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The Batemans Bay Soldiers Club will reopen Monday, two weeks after it was closed because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Three locals were tested positive for COVID-19 and we hope they are doing well. They were part of a cluster of eight positive cases linked to the club.

Since then up to two thousand people on the Far South Coast have been tested for COVID and have returned negative results. Hundreds of people have also been in self isolation. There have been no cases in the ACT in relation to the cluster either. 

This week the focus has turned to Perisher in the skifields where traces of COVID 19 were found in the Perisher sewage treatment plant samples collected on Wednesday July 22. 

Far South coast residents heading to or coming back from the snow have been asked to get tested immediately for COVID-19 if experiencing any symptoms.

Director of medical services in the region Liz Mullins says it's more evidence that COVID -19 remains in the community undetected and we need to remain extremely vigilant. 

21 new cases were reported in NSW today. There were 627 new cases in Victoria. with eight more deaths in the past 24 hours. 

MAN CHARGED FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH COVID-19 SAFETY AND INTIMIDATING POLICE 

A man has been charged after allegedly refusing to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and intimidating police in the Snowy Mountains.

About 10am yesterday (Thursday 30 July 2020), a 43-year-old man attended a ski resort in the Snowy Mountains. As he approached a ski lift, the lift attendant requested the man cover his face as per the resort’s COVID safety plan.

The man allegedly refused to comply and, after becoming argumentative with staff, was asked to leave the resort. Police were called when the man refused.

Officers from Monaro Police District attended and spoke with the man, before directing him to leave the area.

The man complied and left in a grey Toyota Hilux.

A short time later, police were sitting in their vehicle near Prussian Creek on Kosciuszko Road, when the same man allegedly drove past beeping his horn, before swerving across the road.

The man was stopped by police a short distance away, where he allegedly refused to take a breath test.

The man was arrested and taken to Jindabyne Police Station where he was charged with intimidate police officer, refuse to produce Australian drivers licence and other traffic offences.

The Kellyville man has been refused bail and is due to appear in Queanbeyan Local Court today (Friday 31 July 2020.