COVID-19 Manly NSW: Manly guest house shut down and declared high risk | NBR

RESIDENTS of a Manly guest house have been forced into a two week isolation period with Dr Kerry Chant declaring the site a “high Covid-19 risk premises”.
The site is known by a few names – Manly Waves Studios and Apartments, The Manly Hotel and Manly Guest House, and is located on the corner of Pacific Street and Malvern Avenue.
Dr Chant said there are 26 dwellings at the site and all residents are at risk of transmission of the virus.
“At least one resident in five of those dwellings having received a diagnosis of Covid-19,” she said in her public health order declaration.
Dr Chant ordered that the site be closed from September 29 until October 12.
Data to 8pm on Monday shows the number of active Covid cases in Manly has doubled from six to 12 in the past five days. There are 133 cases across the northern beaches.
A Northern Sydney Local Health District spokesperson said the source of the virus infection was under investigation and residents are required to isolate and get tested.
“Health staff are assisting the guests with their welfare and health needs during this time,” the spokesperson said.
There are no other Manly sites on the NSW Health Covid venue alert list.
“NSW Health does not disclose details of specific venues unless there is a public health reason, such as if contacts are unable to be identified by other means,” the LHD spokesperson said.
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“When a confirmed COVID-19 case attends a venue while possibly infectious, NSW Health carries out a risk assessment on that venue to determine whether other people may have been exposed.
“The public is alerted as quickly as possible to any venues where potential public exposures may have occurred.”
EXPOSURE: Police and health authorities on site at a Manly guest house following a Covid-19 exposure. Picture: Duane Langford