Rick Stein's exclusive seafood restaurant has fallen into a crisis after a dinner test positive for COVID-19.
Customers who dined at Rick Stein's in Bannisters in Mollymook, New South Wales between 8:00 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. on August 1st are encouraged to get tested for coronavirus immediately.
They are believed to be close contacts of the infected restaurant, which means authorities are very concerned that they could develop the virus.
"Anyone who was in the restaurant for at least an hour that evening is considered close contact and must be tested for COVID-19 immediately," said a statement from NSW Health.
"You need to self-isolate until midnight tonight or until you get a negative result, whichever comes later."
NSW Health said the new case in Bannisters was one of nine new cases of the virus overnight in the state.
One of the new cases was had dinner on Saturday, August 1st, between 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm at Rick Stein's in Bannisters in Mollymook. Pictured: Rick Stein with his wife Sarah Burns at their Mollymook home
Stein has two restaurants in Australia – one in Mollymook, about 220 km south of Sydney and one in Port Stephens, about 178 km north of Sydney.
His second wife, Sarah Burns, who is 20 years his junior, is from Mollymook and the couple met on a book tour in 1997.
They had a five-year affair before Stein's first wife, Jill, discovered his infidelity and divorced him.
The celebrity chef, who became a household name with his seafood and travel cooking shows, later admitted that stress ruined his first marriage.
Speaking to The Times, he said, “Business has eaten us alive. What happened has nothing to do with Jill. It has more to do with the nature of the restaurant business – it's just so darn sophisticated.
“It takes over your life and our life did not exist outside of it. The more successful we got, the more we had to run the restaurant all year round and then we wouldn't go out on vacation.
Mr Stein's first wife Jill (pictured) to apply for divorce when she found out he was having a five-year affair with Sarah Burns
Rick Stein's popular seafood restaurant in Mollymook (pictured) overlooks stunning beaches popular with tourists and locals alike
Mr. Stein's restaurant menu options include a sashimi plate, oysters, black squid risotto, bomba fish masala, and lobster thermidor. Pictured: Diners at Mollymook Restaurant
"We had no life outside of business and we kind of fell in love."
Stein and Mrs. Burns decided to start Rick Steins at Bannisters in Ms. Burns & # 39; hometown of Mollymook in 2009.
The restaurant overlooks stunning beaches that are popular with vacationers.
Menu options include a sashimi plate, oysters, black octopus risotto, bombay fish masala, and lobster thermidor.
Both restaurants had to close earlier this year due to the spread of COVID-19, but reopened as soon as restrictions were lifted in New South Wales.
Mr Stein and his second wife Sarah Burns (pictured), 20 years younger than him and from Mollymook
Mr Stein has two restaurants in Australia – one in Mollymook, about 220 km south of Sydney (picture), and one in Port Stephens, about 178 km north of Sydney
The new case at Bannisters is one of nine new cases of the virus in the state.
Two of the other new cases are employees of Chopstix Asian Cuisine in Smithfield RSL. The first employee was infected from an unknown source, creating fear of a new cluster.
The second employee commissioned the first with his colleague.
Anyone who has had dinner at Chopstix Asian Cuisine from Friday, July 31st through Saturday, August 9th, is encouraged to get tested if symptoms occur.
Another case is a student from Tangara School for Girls who attended the Mounties Club on Mount Pritchard.
Five of the new cases are close links with known cases, NSW Health said.
Dr. Jeremy McAnulty of the NSW Department of Health said the nine new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday brought the state's total to 3,756.
"NSW Health is currently treating 129 COVID-19 cases," he said.
"There are seven COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and five are ventilated."
Eighty-eight percent of coronavirus cases treated in NSW are non-acute, out-of-hospital treatments.
27,389 tests were reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared to 29,696 in the last 24 hours.
"To stop the spread of COVID-19: If you feel uncomfortable, stay inside, get tested, and isolate. Wash your hands regularly, take hand sanitizer with you when you go out, keep your distance and leave 1.5 meters between you and others, ”said Dr. McAnulty.
One of the nine new cases on Saturday was linked to the Tangara School for Girls (pictured)
"And wear a mask in situations where you can't physically distance yourself."
On Friday, NSW recorded nine coronavirus cases, including infection with Mystery Community.
The new cases include another student at Tangara School for Girls with 21 infected people.
One was also a staff member at Liverpool Hospital, the third to test positive in the past few days.
Officials insisted there was no ongoing risk for hospital staff in western Sydney.
However, people at Liverpool Hospital were directed to monitor symptoms and get tested by NSW Health at the same time as the cases.
The cases were hospitalized from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 6 and 7, and hospitalized from 5 to 1.30 p.m. on August 8 and 9.
Dr. McAnulty said that of the nine new cases reported Friday, five were acquired locally and linked to known cases, one was acquired locally with no known source, and three travelers were brought back from overseas.
"Currently, 131 COVID-19 cases are being treated by NSW Health, six in intensive care and five on ventilator," he said.
St. Vincent & # 39; s College at Potts Point was closed for thorough cleaning on Friday for health officials to contact after a student tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
It was the third independent Catholic school to close after being exposed to the virus.
Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta was also closed until August 24th after three cases were linked to the school.
The Tangara school for girls in Cherrybrook will also be closed until August 24th. The COVID-19 outbreak is reaching 21 people as the source is not yet confirmed.
The outbreak was linked to a nearby Opus Dei Catholic study center, Eremeran, which is closed for cleaning after recently admitting five older school girls.
Parramatta College of Our Lady of Mercy (pictured) was also closed until August 24th after three cases were linked to the school
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