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Western Sydney hospital staff member tests positive to COVID

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a building that has a sign on the side of a road: A nurse at Sydney's Westmead Hospital has tested positive to coronavirus with authorities scrambling to determine where she caught the virus from.

A nurse at Sydney's Westmead Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus with authorities scrambling to determine where she caught the virus from.

A worker at Sydney's Westmead Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus with authorities scrambling to determine where she caught the virus from.

NSW Health confirmed the staff member was fully vaccinated and they are currently isolating at home.

"Urgent investigations into the source of the infection and contact tracing are ongoing," an NSW Health spokesperson said.

They said there has been no further transmission associated with the positive case and the staff member wore full personal protective clothing while working, as did those working alongside them.

"The staff member did not have any symptoms and their infection was picked up due to routine surveillance testing for staff members."

The new case will be included in today's figures, as will a pregnant woman who underwent surgery at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney's south-west who has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Dozens of staff have now been forced into strict isolation at the Liverpool site, and the operating theatre has been deep cleaned with non-urgent surgery postponed for the day.

NSW Health confirmed the diagnosis in a statement.

"All close contacts are being tested for COVID-19 and isolating for 14 days," it said.

"Casual contacts are also being tested and will self isolate until a negative result is received."

There are concerns the Fairfield coronavirus cluster will continue to spread into other government areas with calls for more testing facilities to be made available.

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said his community was worried the government doesn't have the resources to cope with the growing outbreak.

"We don't want to be like Fairfield where we had a schmozzle and I am concerned people in our city, if it was to spill over and see dramatic increases, I am concerned that the government doesn't have the manpower to man enough testing stations," Mr. Asfour told Today.

"They haven't seemed to be able to prepare for this virus. They have always been one step behind."

Mr Asfour said the government needs to have a contingency plan in place and have enough staff to cope with the growing number of people who need testing.

Coronavirus testing lines have eased across Sydney's southwest this morning after workers were left waiting for hours yesterday amid a new three-day testing rule.

The wait in lines in Fairfield has dropped from seven hours to just a few minutes, though more cars are starting to turn up as the morning goes on.

While there are multiple testing centres in the area, the new 24-hour centre at Endeavour Park was overrun after essential workers were told to get tested every three days.

Today it's nearly empty, but other sites such as at the Fairfield Showground are busy, with people waiting for over an hour.

Workers who need to leave the area must be tested by Saturday under the new rule.

The NSW Health rule also applies to people from Greater Sydney travelling more than 50km outside the area to work, though those people must only get a test once a week.

There will now be three clinics at the Endeavour sports ground, and Mounty's Club will become a 24-hour clinic from 10 am today, with the full list of clinics on the NSW Health website.

Yesterday Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone said the government needs to "come to the party" and provide more resources to help accommodate new testing requirements.

"Not only are they worried about the virus and their families, but they need the resources to support them through this," Mr Carbone said.

"What I'm concerned about is these residents who have symptoms are not going to wait six hours in a line up for testing."

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian apologised for the inconvenience, saying those without symptoms can use different testing clinics.

"If you are an essential worker or someone who cannot work from home and must conduct particular work, living in the Fairfield local government area, you can get tested closer to your place of work," Ms Berejiklian said.

A pregnant woman who underwent surgery at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney's south-west has tested positive to COVID-19.

A pregnant woman who underwent surgery at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney's southwest has tested positive for COVID-19.

Yesterday, Sydney's lockdown was extended by two weeks until at least July 30.

Among yesterday's 97 new cases, 24 had been infectious in the community.

The cluster which started in Bondi and has spread across the city, most notably to the southwest, stands at 864 cases.

Today's new case numbers are due to be announced at 11 am, with fresh cases in Victoria linked to the outbreak sparking restrictions including masks to be reintroduced.

4 Comments

  • Suvir

    Suvir

    10:49 AM, 16-07-2021

    Sad for the pregnant lady

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  • David Jackson

    David Jackson

    5:40 PM, 15-07-2021

    Question - how many people are in hospital dying and are dead from covid19?? It seems alot of time testing for what is positive , can it be justified for all the other causes that people are actually dying and are dead from!? And the lockdowns are they causing more heart break and death? It seems alot ....

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  • hasan

    hasan

    3:33 PM, 15-07-2021

    It's sad news

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  • Pich

    Pich

    1:22 AM, 15-07-2021

    So sad to know this. Cause the women got a baby.

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