A total of 30 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in patients and staff at Nepean Hospital across two separate exposures.
15 cases are linked to the Nepean Mental Health Centre outbreak, with 14 consumers and one staff member confirmed with COVID-19.
A further 15 cases are linked to an outbreak inside the hospital. This includes 11 patients and four staff members. Two of the staff members were fully vaccinated.
“Investigations are underway into how these transmissions occurred,” a Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District spokesperson said.
“70 per cent of staff members at Nepean Hospital are fully vaccinated. Only fully vaccinated staff work in the COVID-19 wards and other high-risk areas in the hospital.
“68 per cent of staff at Nepean Mental Health Centre are fully vaccinated.”
Nepean Hospital, including the Emergency Department, remains open.
“All NSW public hospitals have strict protocols in place to help protect staff, patients and visitors from COVID-19,” the spokesperson said.
“The hospital follows strict infection prevention and control measures, including personal protective equipment (PPE), face mask fit-testing, hand hygiene and thorough cleaning of all areas.
“To protect patients, visitors to the hospital continue to be limited to only those visiting for exceptional circumstances.”
The Weekender understands that the antenatal ward is a chief concern at the hospital.
A text message sent from NSW Health to patients confirms a person who attended the antenatal clinic on August 11 has since tested positive to COVID-19.
NSW Health has been liaising with impacted patients.
Today NSW recorded 478 new cases of COVID-19 and another 7 deaths.
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