Date published: 
26 June 2021
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has widened the Sydney COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support to Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong and extended the Hotspot to 9 July 2021.

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, declared seven Local Government areas in Sydney a COVID-19 hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support from 23 June 2021 for an initial 7 days with and extension announced on 25 June to end on 2 July 2021. The seven LGAs continue to be a hotspot.

As further cases have emerged in a wider geographic area, and in line with NSW Government announcements today, additional LGAs have been added to the Hotspot definition.

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly has declared all LGAs in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong to be a Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support from 6pm 26 June to 11:59pm on 9 July 2021, with further review on or before 8 July 2021.

Professor Kelly requests members of the public to continue to follow the directions of NSW Health and encourages all people to continue to seek out their COVID-19 vaccination. Getting vaccinated is considered a valid reason to leave home.

Declaring a hotspot for Commonwealth support triggers, if required:

  • Provision of PPE from the National Medical Stockpile
  • Actions for aged care facilities including PPE, single site workforce supplement and integration of an aged care response centre into the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre
  • Assistance with contact tracing
  • Asymptomatic testing via General Practice led Respiratory Clinics
  • Reprioritisation of vaccine supplies, if required
  • Access to COVID-19 Disaster Payment, if eligibility criteria is met, including the state imposed lockdown runs for greater than 7 days.

Read more about listing areas as COVID-19 hotspots

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