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Chinderah truck stop at the Ampol service station (northbound) near Murwillumbah turnoff as a possible infection site. Photo Google maps

NSW has put out a public health alert identifying Chinderah truck stop at the Ampol service station (northbound), 112 Tweed Valley Way, near Murwillumbah turnoff as a COVID-19 exposure site.

NSW Health has been notified of the truck stop being attended by confirmed cases of COVID‑19 on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 July. The confirmed case is known to have used the truck drivers’ toilets, showers and lounge, and the food court according to NSW Health.

If you were at the truck stop on Tuesday 13 from 8.30pm to Wednesday 14 July at 7.30am you are considered a close contact and must get tested and isolate for 14 days since their last day at the site, regardless of the result, and call 1800 943 553 unless they have already been contacted by NSW Health.

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‘Northern NSW Local Health District is again encouraging people to continue to come forward for testing at the first sign of any COVID-19 symptoms, as the Greater Sydney lockdown and regional NSW restrictions continue,’ said attribute to Lynne Weir, Acting Chief Executive, Northern NSW Local Health District.

‘From 4 July to 10 July there were 3,280 COVID-19 tests conducted among residents of Northern NSW Local Health District, compared to 5,861 two weeks ago.

As the current situation evolves, we strongly encourage people to present for testing at the first sign of a respiratory or cold-like illness, such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever or headache. Once you have been tested, go straight home and self-isolate until you receive a negative result,’ she said.

‘There are many testing options available in Northern NSW, and more than 400 across the State. A full list of your nearby testing locations is on the NSW Health website.

‘We remind residents and visitors to please continue to adhere to the current restrictions in regional NSW, which are:

  • no more than 5 visitors at any one time at your house
  • wear a mask when in non-residential indoor areas, or using public transport, hire vehicles, taxis and rideshare services and
  • remain seated when consuming alcohol in an indoor area of non-residential premises in NSW.
  • venues must adhere to capacity limits of 1 person per 4 square metres, or 25 people, whichever is greater

‘Please continue to check-in using the QR codes when attending businesses or premises outside the home.’

Further details of these and other measures are available via the Service NSW app and https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/what-you-can-do-nsw. Don’t visit the Greater Sydney area unless you have a reasonable excuse.

Any person who travels back to their home in regional NSW from Greater Sydney must stay-at-home for 14 days after leaving Greater Sydney. This means they must follow the same rules that apply in Sydney by only leaving their home without a reasonable excuse (essential shopping only, only go to work/education if this cannot be done from home, outdoor exercise, emergency/medical care).


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