Two hospital workers in western Sydney test positive for COVID-19, leaving the staff in isolation
Liverpool Hospital staff had to be quarantined after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
An internal email sent to workers at the hospital in west Sydney on Tuesday stated that staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The confidential email was revealed to Deborah Knight during her afternoon radio show on 2GB and said close contacts had been identified and isolated themselves.
“Please note that in the past 24 hours, two Liverpool Hospital staff have tested positive for COVID-19,” it says.
“This underscores the importance of the need to ensure that staff physically distance themselves both on site and in the community.”
While this may increase concern among our staff, patients and the community, we are doing our utmost to ensure that no dissemination has taken place within the facility and will notify you of any further updates as soon as possible . ‘
The hospital’s general manager urged staff to continue wearing masks, especially when social distance is not an option.
“It’s one of the ways we can protect not only ourselves but others,” the email said.
The news comes as NSW registered the largest daily increase in coronavirus cases in four months on Tuesday with 22 infections.
Four of the new cases reported Tuesday are in hotel quarantine, two are from Victoria and eight are linked to a cluster at the Tangara girls’ school in Cherrybrook, northwest Sydney.
The 22 new cases is NSW’s highest daily rate since April 17, when there were 29 cases – a gap of 116 days.
NSW health authorities are working to track down the source of the now 17-member coronavirus cluster associated with the independent Catholic school.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian warned that the state was ‘on the cutting edge’ in an effort to prevent a second wave at Victoria level.
“At least a third, or eight, of those are from the new cluster at the Tangara School,” Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday.
‘Every new cluster is a concern. I expect the number of that cluster to grow. ‘
The eight Tangara school cases included five students, a staff member and two social contacts from confirmed cases.
Ms Berejiklian admitted she was ‘paranoid’ about her own movements and urged residents to go out only when necessary, as ‘we are in a state of high alertness’.
“ My concerns have not diminished as to where the edge of a knife is NSW, but we need to continue to work together, do the right thing and maintain our social distance and most importantly, even with the mildest symptoms, stay home and get tested, ‘ she said.
The prime minister said she expected the Tangara school cluster to spread even further and asked schools to stop extracurricular activities.
“You can’t do the activities that you would do outside of a pandemic, be it on-site gatherings, mixing students and others in extra-curricular activities,” Ms. Berejiklian said.
“I am absolutely paranoid about what I do myself, the worst would be to inadvertently give it to others.”
13,257 tests were completed in the 24-hour reporting period, compared to 19,920 in the previous 24 hours.
The prime minister reiterated that the state remains very vigilant about the spread of the virus following a serious outbreak in Victoria.
“We are in a pandemic – every organization, every entity must adhere to the COVID safe plans,” said Berejiklian.