Major Newcastle hospital emergency room a COVID-19 exposure site

The emergency department at a major Newcastle hospital has been listed as a coronavirus exposure site.

NSW Health said anyone who visited the John Hunter Hospital from 8.42pm on Thursday, August 5 to 1.50am on Friday, August 6 is considered a close contact.

Those who were there are being asked to immediately get tested and self isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

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John Hunter Hospital

"NSW Health sends a text message to people who have checked in at close contact venues with further information," NSW Health said.

"We also make a follow-up call to close contacts to discuss the isolation and testing requirements.

"If you have not received a text message, please call 1800 943 553."

The XPT Regional Train from Broadmeadow to Armidale via Werris Creek on Thursday 29 July between 11.40am and 5.30pm has also been declared a close contact exposure site.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it is likely a young person with COVID-19 had brought the disease into Armidale from Newcastle after two cases were identified there today.

These cases plunged the area into a snap lockdown that will be enforced tonight.

A delivery driver at Big W Raymond Terrace has tested positive to COVID-19.

The person had visited MarketPlace Raymond Terrace on Thursday July 29 between 10.15am and 10.45am.

Anyone who was there between those time is considered a casual contact and is being asked to get tested and self isolate until they get a result.

They are also being asked to monitor for symptoms until August 12.

The XPT Regional Train from Broadmeadow to Armidale via Werris Creek

The HealthSure Medical Centre at Jesmond on August 2 from 3.20pm to 3.55pm, the Priceline Pharmacy at Jesmond on August 2 from 4pm to 4.20pm and the Jump N Swim Academy at Thornton on August 4 from 5pm to 5.30pm have been listed as close contact venues.

Anyone who was at those locations at those times are urged to get tested and isolate for 14 days.

Two shopping centres have also been added to the list of casual contact venues, including Charleston Square on the afternoon of July 29, including the Apple Store, Boost Juice, Cotton On, Jay Jays, Priceline Pharmacy, Glassons, Supre, Factorie, Pearl Nails, the ground level Newsagency and the food court.

The Target store at the Glendale Shopping Village on August 1 has also been listed from 8.50am to 1pm.

Anyone who was at those centres at the times specified by NSW Health is urged to get tested and isolate until they get a negative result.

The Auchmuty Library at the University of Newcastle is no longer a venue of concern.

More information and the full list of exposure sites is available on the NSW Health website.

The local government areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook went into lockdown this week after an unexplained coronavirus case in the area.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Jeremy McNulty said he was concerned about the four new cases recorded in Newcastle today

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