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COVID exposure window expanded in Shoalhaven after household contacts of Victorian man test positive

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Three household contacts of the Melbourne man who tested positive for Coronavirus after visiting the Shoalhaven also have the virus.

NSW Health has expanded the list of venues of concern and the original timeframe of possible exposure to between May 19 and 24.

A coffee shop, craft centre and Antique store in Gundagai have been added to the list after being visited by the cases on Wednesday May 19, they also stopped off at the Shell Coles Express in Goulburn on the same day before heading to the South Coast.

More times have been added to the Coles Vincentia while people that visited the 5 Little Pigs shop in Huskisson on Friday May 21 between 8am and 11.30am and the Huskisson Treasure Chest between 11.30am and 12pm on the same day after being advised to call NSW Health on 1800 943 553, get tested immediately and isolate until a negative result is received.

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The Victorian cases stayed at the Green Patch campground forcing the Booderee National Park to be closed until at least noon tomorrow.

Parks Australia announced the closure as a precaution while NSW Health completes a risk assessment and amenities are deep cleaned.

Booderee National Park has been undertaking twice-daily cleaning of the Green Patch campground amenities as part of its COVID-19 safe operating practices and the campground has been operating at 50 per cent capacity to support social distancing.

New venues of concern:

Goulburn, Shell Coles Express, Big Merino, 1/3 Sowerby St: Wednesday, 19 May 1.45pm -2.05pm (in addition to times previously announced)

Gundagai, The Coffee Pedaler, 136 Sheridan St: Wednesday, 19 May, 9.30-11.15am

Jervis Bay, Green Patch campground, Booderee National Park, Village Bay Rd: Wednesday, 19 May 4pm – Monday 24 May, 9am

Huskisson, 5 Little Pigs Shop 4-5, 64-66 Owen St: Friday, 21 May 8am-11.30am

Huskisson, Huskisson Treasure Chest, 74 Owen St: Friday, 21 May 11.30am-12pm

Vincentia, Coles Vincentia Shopping Village, 21 The Wool Rd: Friday, 21 May, (in addition to times previously announced) 12pm-1pm and Saturday, 22 May 12pm-1pm 

NSW Health says anyone who lives in Jervis Bay, Vincentia, Huskisson, Gundagai or Goulburn, or has visited the areas since May 19 is asked to be especially vigilant for the onset of even the mildest of cold-like symptoms.

NSW Health is continuing to investigate the movements of these cases in southern New South Wales and said the list of venues may be updated.

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Testing capacity has been increased on the South Coast, testing locations include:

Husky Sports Club pop-up drive-through clinic, Kioloa Street, Huskisson, 8am 6pm, seven days a week

Nowra Southern IML Pathology Drive-through Clinic, 57 Junction Street, open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday

Shoalhaven Hospital, entry via Shoalhaven Street driveway 2 Scenic Drive, open 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:15pm-4:30pm Monday - Sunday

Milton Ulladulla Hospital, 106 Princess Highway, enter via Main Hospital Entrance, open 8am-3:30pm Monday - Sunday

Gerringong 4Cyte Pathology Drive-through, Gerringong Medical and Cosmetic Centre, 139 Belinda Street, open 9am-3:30pm Monday-Friday

Images: Wave FM News and NSW Health