Public Health Alert - Wallsend Diggers and Hotel Jesmond

Hunter New England Local Health District is urging anyone who visited the following venues to strictly isolate at home for 14 days from the date below and be on the lookout for COVID-19 symptoms. 

Get tested regardless of symptoms, but you must remain in isolation for the full 14 days even if your initial test is negative. If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should be retested.

  • Hotel Jesmond on 29 July between 7.30pm and 9.30pm
  • Wallsend Diggers on 30 July between 7.30pm and 9.30pm

This follows confirmation of a confirmed Sydney case who visited Newcastle on 29 and 30 July while infectious.

Hunter New England Health is in contact with the management of the two venues to identify patrons who attended at these times. The venues will be deep cleaned overnight with extra attention to touch points.

Dr David Durrheim, Public Health Controller for Hunter New England Health’s COVID-19 response said that Hunter New England Health is still working to contact those who attended the venues at these times and they should be on the lookout for symptoms.

“If you were at Hotel Jesmond on 29 July, or Wallsend Diggers on 30 July between the hours of 7.30 and 9.30pm, you may be at risk of infection and you must strictly isolate at home for 14 days from those dates and be tested for COVID-19.

“This action is vital to limit the spread of the virus.

“I encourage everyone to follow directions they receive about home isolation and quarantine, and maintain COVID-safe practices of physical distancing, coughing or sneezing into their elbow, and regularly washing their hands,” he said.

Those wishing to be tested can organise a swab via their GP or by attending their nearest COVID-19 clinic.

The drive through clinic at the University of Newcastle continues to operate 8am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday for those who need testing. 

Call 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment, prior to attending.

Testing is also available through 4Cyte Pathology’s COVID-19 clinic at Central Church Warners Bay (290 Hillsborough Rd). 

The clinic operates between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 11am Saturdays, and no booking is required. More information can be found on their website at

Contact Phone:  02 4985 5522