Two Blue Mountains COVID-19 locations removed as exposure venues

Two reported COVID-19 cases in the Blue Mountains have been revised as false positives, the businesses have posted online.

A reported case at the Winmalee Village Shopping Centre on July 28 was revised as a false positive this afternoon [Tuesday, August 3].

The centre is no longer considered an exposure site.

"Please note that the recent notification regarding Winmalee Village retailers being a site of exposure to a COVID-19 case has now been revised by NSW Health," the centre posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon.

"We have been contacted by Nepean Blue Mountains Public Health Unit, with the following message: 'It has been determined that the person concerned had received a false positive swab result. This is an uncommon occurrence however a thorough review of results and subsequent tests have guided this decision. Whilst the review process is underway, we are obliged to act on the initial result to reduce any risk of subsequent infection amongst patrons and staff. Once a review is concluded we are then in a position to revise the original advice. As a result, we no longer consider the Winmalee Shopping Village as an exposure venue'."

Faulconbridge Health Centre also updated its Facebook page to say it was advised by NSW Health today a previously reported case was also a false positive.

"This means we are all out of mandatory isolation (including the patients who were in the practice at the time) as of RIGHT NOW!," the centre posted.

"All regularly rostered staff will be present tomorrow, answering your calls, smiling at you behind our masks and fully invigorated to be back at the surgery where we can best help you!"