Shoalhaven News

Shoalhaven expected to stay in lock down

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South Coast MP Shelley Hancock thinks the Shoalhaven should be excluded from the lockdown this week, but doesn't believe it will be.

The State Government is expected to announce today the future of the lockdown , and whether some regional areas can be excluded.

Mrs Hancock said while she had been pushing for restrictions to be eased in the Shoalhaven, she was not optimistic given the number of COVID cases in the area, which yesterday grew to 14.

Although she argued the area's COVID case number was still low, and virtually all were connected.

"Last week or the week before we had zero cases, and had zero cases for a long time despite the trickling down of truck drivers and essential workers coming from Sydney or Wollongong to deliver the essential goods that people expect to be on the shelves," she said.

She called on people in the Shoalhaven to not panic, despite the number of local COVID cases growing 

Mrs Hancock said contract tracers were hard at work contacting people who had potentially been exposed to the virus, with many of the cases linked to an infected worker at Bunnings in South Nowra.

She said no other venues of concern had been identified as posing a threat to the community, after COVID had arrived in the Shoalhaven through someone travelling legally.

"I would be telling you right now if there was another venue of concern," she said.

"There are no other significant venues of concern otherwise we'd know about it.

"Bunnings was the only one because it was quite a long period of time, but that case has been linked to another couple of cases, or three or four cases, and so I think we're okay," Mrs Hancock said.

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