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Friday, June 21, 2024

Sydney aged care worker tests positive

A Sydney aged care worker has tested positive to COVID-19.

In a letter to families, Summit Care at Baulkham Hills notified its residents of the positive case.

Staff who shared shifts with the infected worker are now being tested and have been told to isolate.

The aged care staffer was a contact of a Sydney student nurse who tested positive earlier this week after working in a number of hospitals for several days while unknowingly infectious with the virus. The nurse worked shifts at Fairfield and Royal North Shore hospitals between June 24 and 28. She is now in isolation.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant said most of the residents of the Baulkham Hills aged care facility had been immunised prior to the case being discovered.

“I was very pleased to be advised that around 135 out of the 149 residents at Summit Care were vaccinated and they had concluded their Pfizer vaccination for over a month,” Dr Chant said.

“So that is very pleasing when we do hear about that.”

NSW recorded 24 locally-acquired COVID-19 cases up till 8pm last night – 17 are linked to previously confirmed cases.

“Eleven of these linked cases being household contacts,” said Dr Chant.

Seven cases reported remain under investigation.

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