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Footy teams, art gallery, courthouse all shut down due to COVID-19

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There are concerns around rising coronavirus numbers in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, with four rugby teams, a courthouse and art gallery all affected.

There are concerns around rising coronavirus numbers in Sydney's Sutherland Shire, with four rugby teams, a courthouse and art gallery all affected.

Sutherland Courthouse is closed today after confirmation someone who attended the court on July 15 had since tested positive.

The Department of Communities and Justice was informed yesterday and has closed the courthouse for extensive cleaning.

Sutherland Courthouse

NSW Health is investigating and all listed matters and affected parties have been contacted.

Four junior rugby league teams in the area have also had a coronavirus scare after a trainer tested positive over the weekend.

The trainer, attached to the Sutherland-Loftus Pirates under-13s team, was training with players on Thursday night, NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden told

"He felt unwell on Friday, had a COVID-19 test and self-isolated until he got his result on Sunday," Mr Trodden said.

The under-13s team played against the Gymea Gorillas under-13s on Saturday, however the trainer was not in attendance.

Sutherland Loftus Pirates

"Two members of the Sutherland under-13 team then played on Sunday in an under-14 match against De La Salle (Caringbah)," Mr Trodden said.

When the trainer received his positive test result yesterday, NSWRL were notified.

Players and families attached to the Sutherland-Loftus under-13s and under-14s, the Gymea Gorillas under-13s and the De La Salle under-14s have all been asked to self-isolate and get tested ASAP.

All four teams are stood down from the competition for at least the next two rounds.

Hazelhurst Art Gallery in Gymea is also closed today after a suspected COVID-19 case visited the gallery on July 16.

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"Council is working closely with NSW Health as the lead public health agency and will follow advice," a council spokesperson said.

The gallery attendee has been told to self-isolate while the matter is looked into and anyone who attended since July 16 is urged to get tested.

Hazelhurst gallery

The new cases come after a Victorian coronavirus case visited two Sutherland Shire locations earlier this month.

On July 5, between 11.30am and 1pm, the person visited Cook @ Kurnell café, according to the Victorian Department of Health.

That evening, the person visited the Highfield venue in Caringbah for dinner.

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