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Sydney's Crossroads Hotel virus outbreak cases jump to nine

Sydney's Crossroads Hotel virus outbreak cases jump to nine
NSW Health authorities have confirmed a further four COVID-19 cases linked to an outbreak at a pub in Sydney's south-west.
The four new cases include the confirmed infection of an 18-year-old staffer from the Crossroads Hotel in Casula.
The new cases also include: a south-western Sydney woman aged in her 50s who is a close contact of the teen, a south-western Sydney woman aged in her 40s and a Victorian man in his 20s who both had dinner at the pub on July 3.
Medical staff at a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic, perform tests on drivers on in the Sydney suburb of Casula, Australia. (Getty)
"These four are in addition to the five previously reported cases in a woman in her 30s from South Western Sydney and a man in his 50s from the Blue Mountains who had dinner at the hotel on 3 July," a NSW Health statement said.
"This man's three household contacts have also been confirmed as positive for COVID-19.
"The total number of cases linked to the hotel is nine."
Health authorities have urgently advised anyone who visited the Crossroads Hotel between July 3 and July 10 to self-isolate at home immediately until 14 days after they visited the venue.
Those patrons have also been encouraged to get a COVID-19 test at a health clinic and monitor symptoms, but to remain in isolation even if their test results are negative.
None of the currently confirmed cases are believed to have been the likely source of infection at the pub that sparked the outbreak.
Meanwhile, additional health staff have been deployed to a pop-up clinic at the Crossroads Hotel to speed up the testing of patrons.
Testing is also available at Liverpool, Campbelltown and Fairfield Hospitals as well as through GP clinics.

Pop-up testing at Crossroads Hotel in Casula

Long queues again formed outside a testing clinic set up outside a pub at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak in Sydney's south-west.
The Crossroads Hotel in Casula was shut down on Friday after two patrons, a 30-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man, who visited the pub on July 3 tested positive.
Yesterday, three people who lived with the man also tested positive, bringing the confirmed cases linked to the cluster to five.
Long queues have again formed for the pop-up testing clinic at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula today amid fears of a fresh coronavirus outbreak. (9News)
A woman has told the Weekend Today show that an employee at the Crossroads Hotel has tested positive to COVID-19. (9News)
"My son's friend actually works at the Crossroads and he has just been tested positive," the woman said.
"He was told last night at about 7pm and my son had been with him, so that's why we are all here this morning."
The hotel remains closed for deep cleaning and authorities are calling on anyone who visited the venue on that day to immediately self-isolate and come forward for testing.
The pop-up testing clinic opened at the Crossroads Hotel on Friday after two patrons who attended the pub independently of each other tested postiive for COVID-19. (Brook Mitchell)
The two patrons who tested positive did not know each other and were at the Crossroads Hotel independently last Friday night, raising concerns of a third party who unknowingly spread the virus. 
"We're at a critical point of the fight to contain the virus," Dr Jeremy McAnulty said yesterday.
"It's essential the community works together to limit the spread of the virus by always maintaining good hand hygiene, adhering to physical distancing rules whenever possible and getting tested whenever symptoms developed however mild."