ACT records another 15 COVID-19 cases, with seven infectious in the community

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The ACT has recorded 15 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, with seven of those spending part of their infectious period in the community.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed 13 of the new cases have been linked to an existing case or cluster, with two still under investigation.

Mr Barr said the number of people with the virus in hospital had reduced to nine, with only one person in intensive care requiring ventilation.

Just 2,508 COVID-19 tests were conducted yesterday and Mr Barr said it was “critical” Canberrans got tested as soon as they experienced symptoms.

“Every day that you wait and see and think it might be a cold, and you delay getting tested, is a risk to you, your family and the broader community,” he said.

“It is one of the factors why some people have infectious days in the community that they’re not coming forward to get tested immediately upon developing symptoms.”

Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman echoed Mr Barr’s comments, adding that there were short wait times at testing locations.

“We are seeing some people — and it’s about one in three of our cases — have waited for two days before getting tested after their symptoms have appeared,” she said.

Busy Bees at The Park a close exposure site

Dr Coleman said there were now 16 public sites of transmission in the capital.

Busy Bees at The Park childcare centre was listed overnight as a close contact exposure site across four days from August 30 to September 2.

Dr Coleman said three cases had now been linked to the Priceline Pharmacy in Woden and an additional case had been linked to KFC in Dickson.

Dozens of additional casual exposure sites have also been identified, including the Centrelink shopfronts in Woden and Braddon, and Australia Post Woden in Phillip.

More to come.

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