Two COVID cases at Merimbula have prevented the Bega Valley moving out of lock down this weekend.
Anyone who attended the below venues of concern, as posted on the Southern NSW Local Health District Facebook page at the times listed is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.
A second case has been detected in Batemans Bay. The new Batemans Bay case is a close contact of the first two cases announced this week. The sources of the Merimbula cases are still under investigation.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 fragements were found in the sewage at Moruya on Thursday 9 September for the first time.
Southern NSW Local Health District is urging the Moruya community to get tested with even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms following the detection of fragments of the virus in the local sewage system in the last 48 hours.
This is the first detection of COVID-19 in the Moruya sewage system since the start of the Sydney outbreak. There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Moruya. The presence of these fragments could signal undetected cases in the community.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the Bega Valley was one of several areas in regional NSW that looked set to be reopened after several weeks of lockdown restrictions, until two cases in Merimbula were discovered after the 8pm daily cut-off on Wednesday 8 September.
The message from NSW Health is for Far South Coast residents to get tested, vaccinated and stay home. Testing is available at Merimbula, Batemans Bay and Bega.
The lockdown situation in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will be reassessed in 14 days.
For more information on the current COVID-19 situation across NSW visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19 or health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx