COVID-19 POSITIVE HOTEL QUARANTINE SECURITY GUARD: HEALTH MINISTER SHOULD INCREASE TESTING

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Labor is calling for expanded COVID-19 testing and for NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard to address concerns about a hotel quarantine security guard who caught COVID-19 from an international traveller.

NSW Health confirmed the individual had worked in a variety of settings, including Parramatta Local Court.

Labor Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park said: “A lot of people will be understandably concerned about this case, given circumstances south of the border.

“NSW shouldn’t take a ‘wait and see’ approach here. There should be additional testing around locations this person visited, including pop-up clinics in Flemington and surrounding areas.

“Additionally Brad Hazzard should urgently outline what steps are being taken to ensure hotel quarantine is robust and working properly.

“Is he increasing PPE supplies or staff training to ensure the safety of those in quarantine, those working in quarantine and the wider community?

“If there is a risk of exposure should we be employing these guards full-time so we can prevent community transmission?”


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