Dubbo CWH on watch list

NSW has listed a Chemist Warehouse as a venue of concern for COVID-19 after a couple travelled from Melbourne to Queensland while infected

A couple travelled from Melbourne, through regional NSW to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast while potentially infectious, stopping at Forbes, Dubbo, Coonabarabran and Moree.

The Chemist Warehouse Dubbo on Macquarie Street is now on NSW’s watch list, with people present on Wednesday, 2 June between 1.45pm and 2pm asked to contact NSW Health, be tested and isolate until they receive further information.

In Queensland, the Caloundra Shopping Centre (formerly Stocklands Shopping Centre) at Caloundra, which contains a TerryWhite Chemmart, has been listed as a casual contact site.

People who attended the centre between 10.30am and 11.45am on Monday, 7 June are asked to quarantine until they get a negative test result.

In Victoria, exposure sites include:

  • Chemist Warehouse Southbank, on June 5 from 12.30pm to 1pm and on June 6 from 10am to 10.10am
  • Chemist Warehouse South Melbourne, on June 6, from 10.10am to 10.20am
  • My Chemist Broadway, Reservoir, on May 25, between 4.45pm and 5.25pm
  • Chemist Warehouse, Epping Homemaker Center, on May 17 between 6.55pm and 7.37pm
  • Chemist Warehouse, Epping Homemaker Center, on May 18 between 6.30pm and 7.10pm
  • Chemist Warehouse Mickleham, on May 22 between 1.45pm and 2.45pm
  • Chemist Warehouse Greenvale on 25 May, between 12.50pm and 1.30pm
  • Chemist Warehouse Dalton Village, Epping on 19 May, between 6.45pm and 8pm
  • Chemist Depot Epping, Pacific Epping Shopping Centre, on 23 May between 11.15am and 12pm.

Meanwhile Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the human biosecurity emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 will be extended for a further three months.

“The emergency period, which has been in place since 18 March 2020 to protect Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue until 17 September 2021,” the Minister said.

The human biosecurity emergency declaration ensures the Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19.

This extends the four existing emergency determinations including:

  • mandatory pre-departure testing and mask wearing for international flights
  • restrictions on the entry of cruise vessels within Australian territory
  • restrictions on outbound international travel for Australians
  • restrictions on trade of retail outlets at international airports.

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