NSW has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 in the latest testing period, including a case linked to the St Vincent’s Hospital nurse who worked while infectious.
- There are three new COVID-19 cases in NSW, including two locally acquired and one from overseas
- The crew of a ship in the Port of Newcastle remains quarantined onboard after a member tested positive
- Health authorities say there is no risk to the people of Newcastle
It was alerted yesterday and reported among today’s update that a nurse worked a single shift at the hospital in Sydney’s eastern suburbs while infected on October 7.
Health authorities said she only cared for one patient and had limited contact with colleagues.
A second locally acquired case reported in today’s statistics has now been linked to the nurse.
“Contact tracing is continuing and the source of the infection is under investigation, although it is believed the infection occurred outside the hospital,” said Michael Douglas from NSW Health.
The third case is a crew member who acquired COVID-19 overseas and recently travelled on a coal ship, the Anacapa Light, into the Port of Newcastle from Brisbane.
Fourteen crew members who boarded in India were swabbed on Thursday.
The infected crew member was treated at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle but has now been discharged.
Hunter New England Public Health controller David Durrheim said the case posed no risk to the people of Newcastle.
“Further investigation and assessment by an expert panel has confirmed the case was an old infection,” he said.
“The crew member is well and has not been infectious since arriving in Australia from overseas.”
The other crew members had remained quarantined on board, but have all returned negative results and are no longer required to isolate.
Dr Douglas reiterated calls for people to come forward for testing.
“Testing numbers have dropped recently, which is a concern,” he said.
Despite this there were 15,439 tests done in the 24-hour reporting period to 8:00pm on Friday, up from 12,868 on the previous day.
Meanwhile, the NSW Government has announced boosted capacity for Spring Racing Carnival events over the coming weeks.
The decision is based on COVID-safe plans developed by the Australian Turf Club.
Up to 11,000 racegoers will be able to attend Royal Randwick for the Everest on October 17, and Melbourne Cup Day on November 3.
About 6,000 racegoers will be able to go to the Golden Eagle event on October 31 at Rosehill Gardens.
All racegoers will have to keep seated unless moving to buy food and drink or use the restrooms.