A nurse at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus after working a shift while infectious.
NSW Health has issued a public alert, saying the casual nurse worked an evening shift on Wednesday.
‘It is believed the nurse provided specialised care to a single patient, and had limited contact with a very small number of colleagues,’ NSW Health said in a statement on Friday night.
A nurse at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital (pictured) has tested positive for coronavirus after working a shift while infectious
The nurse case will be reported in Saturday’s numbers, with several new infections believed to have been discovered on Friday (pictured, Sydney testing clinic in July)
‘Contact tracing is underway and the source of the infection is under investigation, though it is believed the source of infection occurred outside the hospital.’
A newly-infected person is also understood to have visited the busy Westfield in Parramatta.
NSW Health is warning that anyone who attended Westfield Parramatta on October 6 between noon and 12.15pm or October 7 between noon and 12.30pm and 4.30-5pm is considered a casual contact of an infectious person.
They should monitor for coronavirus symptoms and get tested if any develop.
The nurse case will be reported in Saturday’s numbers, with several new infections believed to have been discovered on Friday.
Earlier, ten new cases were announced after people tested positive in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday.
Five of the new cases were returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine while the other five were locally acquired and linked to a known case or cluster.
The rise of new local cases has threatened the prospect of Queensland reopening its border with NSW on November 1.
The rise of new local cases has threatened the prospect of Queensland reopening its border with NSW on November 1 (pictured, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk)
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) said it was effectively easier for Queensland to reach the 28-day goal as it had a smaller population than NSW
Queensland had earlier given NSW 48 hours to find the source of three new cases before restarting the 28-day countdown clock that triggers border reopenings.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was effectively easier for Queensland to reach the 28-day goal as it had a smaller population than NSW, had a closed border, wasn’t taking as many returned travellers in hotel quarantine, and was further away from Victoria.
‘Zero community transmission is of course our aspiration,’ Ms Berejiklian told reporters earlier on Friday.
‘All I’m saying to other states is look at what we’re burdening in NSW, look at the GST contribution you get from us on average. Share the burden a little bit.
‘I could easily say “zero community cases” if I only had 700 quarantine people per week (but) we’ve got 3,000.’
NSW Health is warning that anyone who attended Westfield Parramatta (pictured) on October 6 between noon and 12.15pm or October 7 between noon and 12.30pm and 4.30-5pm is considered a casual contact of an infectious person.
The premier said she hoped to see open borders Australia-wide by Christmas, depending on Victoria’s situation, and warned tourism could suffer if borders remained closed.
NSW Health said four of the new locally acquired cases reported on Friday are associated with a private health clinic cluster.
It said all indications were that one of the new cases is an old case most likely acquired when the virus was circulating at low levels in southwest Sydney in August.
Meanwhile, NSW Health is working with Potts Point restaurant Monopole to assess the risk to patrons and staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19 when a person who was infectious visited from 6pm to 8pm on October 4.
Meanwhile, NSW Health is working with Potts Point restaurant Monopole (pictured) to assess the risk to patrons and staff who may have been exposed to COVID-19 when a person who was infectious visited from 6pm to 8pm on October 4
LOCATIONS WHERE PEOPLE WITH COVID-19 HAVE BEEN:
Must isolate immediately:
Carlingford Fitness First – October 3 8am to 9.15am
Anyone in the pilates class must isolate immediately and get tested, anyone else at the gym outside of the class is considered a casual contact and must monitor for symptoms.
Milson’s Point: Ripples restaurant – October 3 between 8pm to 10.30pm
Must monitor for symptoms:
Artarmon Mazda service centre – October 2 between 7.30am and 9.30am
Castle Towers Shopping Centre – October 5 between 12pm to 1pm
Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski, Castle Towers Shopping Centre – October 5 between 12pm to 5pm
Aldi Eastwood – October 6 between 11am to 12pm
Eastwood: S-mart – October 5 between 7.30pm to 7.45pm
Epping: Chemist Warehouse – October 6 between 10:30am to 11am
Penrith Homemaker Centre – October 4 between 11am to 1pm
Kmart, Narellan Town Centre – October 2 between 6pm to 7pm
Macquarie University Sports and Aquatic Centre outdoor pool area – October 7 between 5:30am to 10:30am
Palm Beach Fish & Chips – October 5 between 3.45pm to 4pm
- October 5 between 9:30am to 11am
- October 6 between 12pm to 12:15pm
- October 7 between 12pm to 12:30pm and between 4:30pm to 5pm
Penrith: Guzman y Gomez – October 4 between 1:30pm to 2pm
Penrith: Home Co – October 4 between 2pm to 2:30pm
Potts Point: Monopole restaurant – October 4 between 6pm to 8pm
Sydney: St Vincent’s Hospital – October 7
Contact tracing is under way and the department will contact close and casual contacts directly but urged anyone who was there to monitor for symptoms.
NSW recorded eight more locally-acquired cases on Thursday, including three flagged on Wednesday, ending a 12-day streak without any community transmission.
Five of the cases announced on Thursday were linked to a Liverpool Hospital dialysis cluster – one healthcare worker in her 30s, two women who visited her, and two household contacts aged in their 60s and 80s.
The source of the second cluster – the three cases revealed on Wednesday – is under investigation.
A spokesman from Macquarie University confirmed that a student was among the recently diagnosed cases, and contact tracing was under way.
AFFECTED BUSES AND TRAINS
▪️Train from Parramatta at 2:42PM arriving at Town Hall at 3:31PM on October 4.
▪️Train from Town Hall at 5:29PM arriving at Kings across at 5:50PM on October 4.
▪️Train from Artarmon at 11:18PM arriving at Central at 11:48PM on October 5.
▪️Bus replacement from Central at 11:48PM arriving at Strathfield at 12:15AM on October 6.
▪️Train from Strathfield at 12:15AM arriving at Parramatta at 12:45AM on October 6.
▪️Bus 550 from Epping Ststion, Beecroft Road, Stand D at 5:08PM to Smith Street after Phillip Street, Parramatta at 5:41PM on October 6.
▪️Train from Moss Vale at 4:52AM arriving at Liverpool at 7:09AM on October 6.
▪️Train from Liverpool at 4:58PM arriving at Moss Vale at 7:12PM on October 6.
▪️Train from Moss Vale at 4:51AM arriving at Liverpool at 7:08AM on October 7.
▪️Train from Campbelltown at 1:31PM arriving at Moss Vale at 3:50PM on October 7.