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Hospital worker among six new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in NSW

A person who works at a Western Sydney hospital is among six new cases of coronavirus in NSW.

The worker did shifts in the cardiology and radiology wards at Concord Repatriation General Hospital whilst potentially infectious last Tuesday to Thursday (January 12-14).

NSW Chief Health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, said officials are contacting staff who worked with the employee, but said they only had ‘minimal’ interaction with patients.

Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Concord, NSW. 14th August, 2020. Photo: Kate Geraghty (Kate Geraghty)

“There’s also a number of staff that have been identified as casual contacts and they’re being followed up by the Public Health Unit,” Dr Chant, said.

“But the person’s role involves minimal patient contact and they also wore a face mask during each of their shifts.”

They include the person’s partner and children.

The sixth person is described as a “very close contact” of the family, NSW health officials said.

“The cases are all very close to Berala and investigations are underway,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian announced six new cases of locally acquired COVID-19. January 17, 2021. (9News)
NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, provides details on the six new cases of COVID-19. January 17, 2021. (9News)

Seven close contacts have all tested negative, but have been put into 14-days quarantine.

There were 12,764 tests reported to 8pm last night – a decline on yesterday’s numbers.

Officials repeated calls for people in Western Sydney to get tested, saying it’s the only way restrictions such as the size of gatherings will be eased again.

“The areas I’m particularly calling out for testing are in Bankstown, Lidcombe, Auburn, Berala and Wentworthville,” NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

Ms Berejiklian has again said NSW “not a virus hotspot”, encouraging other state and territory leaders to open borders.

“We are, of course, dealing with a result of an outbreak from a month ago, but I think everybody would agree that closing a border of such significance is a really big deal,” she said.

“Those decisions are difficult ones, they affect a lot of people and I would just ask people to really think about those decisions before they’re taken.”

Earlier, NSW Health issued fresh COVID-19 alerts after a person with the virus travelled on public transport in Sydney’s west.

People who travelled on five trains between Warwick Farm and Auburn are also being considered casual contacts of a positive case.

Anyone who has visited the following locations have been asked to get tested immediately and isolated until they get negative result:

  • Train departing Warwick Farm and arriving in Auburn on Thursday January 14 between 2:20pm-2:56pm
  • Train departing Auburn and arriving in Warwick Farm on Thursday January 14 between 8:27pm-8:58pm
  • Train departing Warwick Farm and arriving in Auburn on Friday January 15 between 10:40am-11:12am
  • Train departing Auburn and arriving in Warwick Farm on Friday January 15 between 1:44pm-2:16pm
  • Train departing Warwick Farm and arriving in Auburn on Friday January 15 between 4:28am-4:58am

The locations also include a Centrelink in Auburn and a medical centre in Wentworthville.

Source: 9News | World News

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