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Three Sydney ED workers test positive to COVID

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There have been four new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in New South Wales up to 8pm on Sunday, including three healthcare workers.

Just one of Monday’s new cases is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, while of the other three, one worked at Concord Repatriation General Hospital’s Emergency Department and the other two worked at Liverpool Hospital’s Emergency Department.

The patient at Concord worked from 7pm on September 1 to 7am September 2 while potentially infectious, and the two at Liverpool Hospital worked on September 2, 3 and 4.

All workers reported having no symptoms while at work and wore personal protective equipment (PPE) while caring for patients.

A visitor to a patient at the Concord ED on September 1 also tested positive overnight.

Patients considered close contacts and all staff working at Concord and Liverpool EDs at the same times as the positive cases are being isolated and tested. Investigations into the source of these infections are ongoing.

The healthcare workers were identified as part of an investigation into a case reported on September 5 who had worked at the emergency departments at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Liverpool Hospital.

That person worked two shifts while potentially infectious; at Concord ED on September 1 from 2pm to midnight, and at Liverpool ED on September 3 from 8am to 6pm.

The health care worker had reported wearing full PPE for all patient interactions and a mask at other times.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there would be an investigation as to how the virus spread through people wearing PPE.

“One of the people who contracted the disease was wearing a mask, so health is investigating the likelihood the person contracted the virus from touching a surface,” she told reporters on Monday.

“While the number of cases is low and declining in NSW, I think what cases like this do is remind us just how contagious this virus is.

“We always need to be on our guard, this disease is like non other that we have experienced.”

Two Sydney schools were closed for cleaning on Monday after students at both tested positive for coronavirus.

At Kincoppal Rose Bay high school, two Year Seven students tested positive, and another student at Lidcombe Public School also tested positive to the virus.

There are currently seven coronavirus patients in intensive care, four of whom are being ventilated.

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