Canberra lockdown: ACT exposure sites list grows to include Gungahlin Kmart, Big W

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman, flanked by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, addresses the media on Thursday. Picture: Elesa Kurtz
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman, flanked by Chief Minister Andrew Barr, addresses the media on Thursday. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Two discount department stores and a Deakin cafe have joined the growing list of Canberra exposure sites, as the city grapples with its first coronavirus outbreak in more than a year.

Pellegrino's Cafe in Fyshwick was added to the list of close-contact exposure sites, along with the Windsor Smith shop at the Canberra Outlet Centre.

People who attended Windsor Smith between 2.45pm and 3.15pm on Sunday, need to get tested and remain in quarantine for 14 days regardless of the result.

Anyone who was at Pellegrino's cafe on Tuesday between 7.15am and 8.15am needs to get tested and remain in 14-day isolation regardless of the result.

ACT Health corrected an earlier error late on Thursday night, after the cafe was misidentified as an exposure site on Sunday.

Anyone who attended the Deakin EQ Cafe and Lounge between 6.30am and 4.00pm on Wednesday and 6.30am and 10am on Thursday is a casual contact and needs to get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

ACT Health said anyone who attended the Gungahlin Kmart and Big W stores on Tuesday afternoon were casual contacts of a confirmed case.

Anyone who attended the Gungahlin Kmart between 3pm and 4pm or Big W between 3.45pm and 4.30pm is a casual contact.

Casual contacts must complete the ACT contact declaration form and quarantine until they have received a negative result.

ACT Health had earlier identified 14 close-contact exposure sites in the ACT, but warned the list was likely to grow as contact tracers continued to plot the path of the virus.

ACT Health requires people who have been at identified exposure sites to complete an online form available on the ACT COVID-19 website.

Wastewater testing has also identified traces of coronavirus at the City-Central, North Canberra and Woden Valley collection sites, as well as the Lower Molonglo site.

Anyone who attended the Canberra Outlet Centre outside of the individual outlets listed between 2pm and 3.30pm on August 8 must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop, ACT Health said.

"ACT Health will be updating the ACT COVID-19 website regularly, with exposure locations posted each day," a spokesperson said.

"Even if you have not been in an exposure location please be extra vigilant when monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested immediately if you experience even the mildest of symptoms.

"We will continue to provide regular updates on the situation as it emerges."

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