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to stop COVID-19 on the Coast
Rising Covid cases numbers mean more support needed to stop the Central Coast becoming an ‘area of concern'.
14 September 2021
MEMBER for The Entrance, David Mehan, has called for more health support to stop COVID-19 on the Central Coast as local cases continue to rise.
The Coast recorded its largest daily increase up until last Saturday at 8.00pm when 33 new local cases were reported by Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) taking the total local cases to 269 up until 8pm Sunday night, since the current outbreak began in June.
“We have been in lockdown since June, but local cases are on the rise. Clearly, the Berejiklian Government’s response isn’t working on the Coast,” David Mehan said.
“In the last two weeks, four schools in my electorate have reported positive cases of COVID-19. This suggests to me that the virus is being picked up by workers who cannot work from home. There is little evidence of spread by outsiders.”
A large number of the new cases, for example 27 of the 33 recorded on Sunday, are linked to known cases, which says that not enough is being done to support those who have been exposed to the virus.
“Inadequacy in the supply of the vaccine of people’s choice is also a big factor, I think, in the spread of the virus locally,” David Mehan said.
“We need to re-set our COVID-19 response on the Central Coast.
“Local authorities need to review our local response and determine what we need to change to get on top of this virus before we become an ‘area of concern’ and suffer the imprisonment being experienced by people in Western Sydney.
“I’ll be seeking support for this action from my Labor colleagues and, as a first step, demanding a full briefing from CCLHD on their views as to why the virus has continued to spread in our community.”
The Grapevine can now also reveal that the Ashwood Motel at West Gosford is being used to house Covid cases, a fact denied by Parliamentary Secretary Adam Crouch. Two security guards, not the police, are patrolling outside the premises to ensure covid positive individuals do not escape. You need someone with State arrest powers, not security guards, whose powers are limited, to be on duty.
It can also been confirmed that the Gosford Hospital ward K9 is being used to house covid patients and general admission patients. Although the covid patients are in separate rooms and the hospital claims to be maintaining a bubble, what could still go wrong? It's gone terribly wrong in Sydney hospitals where general admission patients were in close proximity to Covid patients and became infected themselves.
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