Illawarra man charged after COVID sickie

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A man who allegedly claimed he had COVID-19 to avoid going to work will face Wollongong Local Court.
Camera IconA man who allegedly claimed he had COVID-19 to avoid going to work will face Wollongong Local Court. Credit: AAP

An Illawarra man has allegedly chucked a sickie by telling his boss he caught COVID-19, sending his colleagues into self-isolation.

The 23-year-old allegedly texted his boss on Monday morning, saying he had COVID-19 and could not attend work that day in Newcastle.

His colleagues were sent into self-isolation and forced to test for COVID-19, while several locations around his workplace were deep cleaned.

NSW Police said the man later on Monday sent a second text to his boss, saying he had tested again and returned a negative result.

However, the man had allegedly never received a positive test result.

He has been charged with conveying false information that a person or property is in danger. He'll appear at Wollongong Local Court in September.

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