A hotel quarantine worker has tested positive to COVID-19, but to those in charge, it’s no biggie, and will not impact a further loosening of restrictions.

 

 

The New South Wales Minister for Health has confirmed that a hotel quarantine worker has contracted the coronavirus, effectively ending the month-long streak of no locally acquired cases in the state.

Brad Hazzard confirmed that the woman worked at the Novotel and Ibis hotels in Darling Harbour.

“I was formally advised in writing that we had found one more case in Sydney of COVID-19,” he said.

“We would’ve been saying today was our 26th day — it is our 26th day — without any cases, but we now have one case.”

Mr Hazzard said he “very much” doubted that the new case would mean a tightening of restrictions, or move back the scheduled increase of those allowed in a venue; and said that he wasn’t “overly fussed” about the case.

“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, one has to expect it,” he said.

“We’re doing all the investigations, I’ve woken up Dr Chant this morning and spoken to her early, we’re working through the usual issues.

“We’ve been doing it for 10 months we’re quite confident we’ll manage it.”

 

Mr Hazzard said that she travelled from Minto to Central while “potentially infectious” and would take the light rail from Central Station to Darling Harbour.

 

At the time of writing, Hazzard wasn’t able to determine if today’s case would be viewed as a community transmission, due to the connection the woman had to hotel quarantine.

However, he was “quite confident” authorities would be able to determine the source within the next 24 to 48 hours through genome sequencing.

“That will give us clarity as to where it’s come from, whether it was a hotel or whether it was from some other source,” he said.

“The good news is her five family members were tested overnight and they were negative — that’s a good outcome.”

According to the ABC, “Health authorities said anyone who worked at the Ibis Hotel on November 27 or the Novotel between November 28-30 should self-isolate and get tested.”

Mr Hazzard said that she travelled from Minto to Central while “potentially infectious” and would take the light rail from Central Station to Darling Harbour.

“She did that on a number of occasions and particularly she would have done it, we think on those days,” he said.

“We’re asking anyone who travelled on those lines at all to get tested and self isolate until they get the results.”

“We’ll do the tracking and tracing… hopefully it’ll all be OK.”

At the risk of editorialising, perhaps we should pay quarantine workers enough to work in a solitary hotel, any outbreaks aren’t spread out of pure necessity.

 

 

 

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