Belrose has been named an area of concern as two new cases of COVID-19 were notified today (Wednesday, 21 July).

The two new cases bring the total in Belrose to six, following another case notified there on Sunday, 18 July. Concerns over potential community spread at Belrose were raised a week ago on Wednesday, 14 July, the same day the lockdown was extended by two weeks.

The new cases follow an update to venue notifications late last night, when NSW Health upgraded three previous warnings for Belrose on 13 & 14 July to close contact notifications and also issued a casual contact notification for Woolworths at Belrose for extended periods last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 16-18 July.

According to NSW Health data, testing in the area has increased, with 19 percent of residents of Belrose and Davidson having been recently tested for COVID-19, with 187 people tested to 8.00pm last night.

The Northern Beaches Advocate sought clarification from NSW Health whether the new cases at Belrose are household contacts of the earlier reported cases, or if they are cases acquired from community contact. A spokesperson for NSW Health responded, “NSW Health does not comment on individual cases.”

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeremy McAnulty (main image) today included Belrose in areas of concern, saying people should be particularly vigilant and not hesitate to come forward for testing at the slightest symptoms.

The announcement of new cases resulted in a rush for testing across the Northern Beaches today, with lengthy queues reported from Newport to Northern Beaches Hospital.

“Traffic is very busy around the Hospital today due to a surge in COVID-19 testing. Please use the Warringah Road entrance. Our clinic staff and security are doing their best. Please be patient,” said a statement from Northern Beaches Hospital.

Image: NSW Health