Nursing home worker wasn’t showing symptoms, police say

Brad Hazzard. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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Police enquiries have revealed a health care worker at a nursing home in Caddens was not displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus while at work, despite later testing positive to COVID-19.

The revelations come despite NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard indicating the worker had attended the Newmarch House nursing home while sick.

At a press conference on Monday, Mr Hazzard told the media the health care worker was showing symptoms of an illness and worked for six days.

But investigations by NSW Police have indicated otherwise.

“It is understood the woman was not symptomatic while at work, and was last on duty on Thursday 2 April 2020,” Police said in a statement.

“She was tested after this date when advised of contact with a person – not from the facility – who tested positive to COVID-19.”

Police today spoke with the Anglicare CEO and the facility manager, and have been provided significant information relating to possible contacts with residents and other staff, as well as workplace health and safety arrangements.

No further police action is expected to be required.

10 people – a mix of staff and patients – have now tested positive to Coronavirus.

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