Third Sydney school closed after positive coronavirus case, new health alert issued

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

Alerts were also issued for a pharmacy in the area and a church in the neighbouring suburb of Pennant Hills.

Those who attended the hospital on 6 August are being chased up.

All staff and students are asked to self-isolate in the meantime.

They became unwell after their shift and immediately self-isolated.

NSW Health has also advised staff who had contact with a Hornsby Hospital healthcare employee to self-isolate for 14 days after the staffer worked in the emergency department on 6 August from 11am to midnight while infectious.

Another confirmed virus case on Sunday is a household contact of a Tangara student.

The high school campus will remain closed to all students until August 21.

NSW Health also warned shoppers who attended Bunnings in Campbelltown in Sydney's southwest on August 4, 5 and 6 to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms after an employee tested positive.

Authorities are still determining how the Tangara School for Girls student contracted the virus. The worker wore a mask during the shifts.

People who were at the pharmacy at the same time are urged to immediately self-isolate and seek testing if they get symptoms.

Two of these cases attended both restaurants.

Earlier on Saturday, a Sydney school was shut for cleaning and contact tracing after a student tested positive to the coronavirus, the fourth school to do so in a week.

There are now 59 cases linked to the funerals, including 15 associated with Mounties in Mount Pritchard.

There are now 111 COVID-19 cases connected to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster, 59 to the funeral events cluster and 34 linked to the Potts Point cluster.

A total of 111 cases are linked to Thai Rock restaurant in Wetherill Park.

On Sunday, NSW Health said that while most cases in the past week were associated with local clusters and close contacts with known cases, 11 were not linked to known cases.

"It's unfortunate but this is all about stopping COVID-19 coming into Queensland", he said.

The week before only seven cases were from an unknown source.

NSW has ramped up its own travel restrictions and is forcing residents returning from coronavirus-hit Victoria into two weeks of hotel quarantine.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard issued an amendment to the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) Order 2020 under section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010, which directs NSW residents returning from Victoria to go directly to a quarantine facility run by either NSW Police Force or NSW Health.

"We are definitely on a knife's edge, and we are about halfway through what is a really critical period", she said.

The Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) provides police with the power to enforce Public Health Orders.

Eight patients are now in intensive care in NSW, with six on ventilators.

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