Coronavirus NSW: Two new cases overnight

Two more cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in NSW.

A nurse at an inner city hospital is among the new cases.

The casual worker did one shift at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney while infected. She “provided specialised care” to a single patient, and had some contact with colleagues, NSW Health said in a media alert on Friday evening.

Her infection was counted towards Saturday’s batch of cases because the reporting by NSW Health is done by 24-hour periods ending at 8pm the night before each announcement.

The second case was connected to the infected nurse, health officials said.

On top of the two locally acquired cases, a crew member on a coal ship was also infected with COVID-19. NSW Health counts that case as acquired overseas. The man is receiving care at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital and the rest of the crew is considered “close contacts” and remain on-board the vessel.

“It’s important to note that there is no COVID-19 risk to the people of Newcastle,” NSW Health’s Dr Michael Douglas said.

Dr Douglas also said one case that was recorded in August has been written off after investigation, leaving the total number of infections in the state at 4084.

A total of 15,439 COVID-19 tests were performed across NSW in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

Fifty-six people are being treated for COVID-19 in NSW, and one of those is in intensive care.

The state health authorities also regularly provide information about places where there has been a risk of exposure. People who have been at the following places should monitor for symptoms:

· Westfield Parramatta – 6 October, 12.00pm-12.15pm

· Westfield Parramatta – 7 October, 12.00pm-12.30pm & 4.30-5.00pm

· Palm Beach Fish & Chips, Barrenjoey Rd Palm Beach – 5 October, 3.45pm to 4.00pm

· S-mart Eastwood, Rowe St Eastwood – 5 October, 7.30pm to 7.45pm

· Aldi Eastwood – 6 October, 11.00am-12.00pm

· Train from Eastwood at 8.15am arriving Parramatta 8.49 on 6 October

· Train from Parramatta at 4.50pm arriving Eastwood 5.21pm on 6 October

· Train from Eastwood at 8.14am arriving Parramatta 8.49am on 7 October

· Train from Eastwood at 12.18pm arriving Kings Cross 1.07pm on 7 October

· Train from Parramatta at 4.31pm arriving Central 5.02pm on 7 October

· Train from Central at 6.05pm arriving Eastwood 6.36pm on 7 October

· Train from Kings Cross at 9.35pm arriving Eastwood 10.34pm on 7 October

NSW Health also urges anyone who visited Squeeze & Grind in Camden between 11.45am – 1.15pm on 7 October, and Narellan Town Centre the following day between 12.30pm – 2.00pm, to immediately self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. The same goes for people who visited Fitness First in Carlingford in the morning of October 3, or the Ripples restaurant in Milsons Point that same evening,

This week’s surge in cases came after a 12-day streak with no new community transmission, a lucky spell that ended on Wednesday when new cases started stacking up.

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