The Canberra building site at 7 London Circuit was added as ‘nearby’ COVID-19 exposure area after nine cases were linked | The Canberra Times

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A construction site in Canberra’s CBD will be added as a nearby COVID-19 exposure area on Sunday after nine cases were linked to the location. Chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman confirmed that the construction zone at 7 London Circuit would be added to the exposure list after at least six construction workers tested positive for the virus. The remaining three cases will be in close contact with workers, he said. All nine cases were included in the numbers on Sunday. Anyone who visits the fifth level B on September 22 or September 23 between 6.50 and 4pm is considered a close contact. Close contacts must immediately quarantine, complete an ACT contact declaration form, be tested for COVID-19 and remain in quarantine until further advised by ACT Health, even if they receive a negative test result. “We are working closely with site management to identify any additional potential exposures and limit transmission as much as possible,” Dr Coleman said. Dr Coleman said the building site was not necessarily closed because of the lawsuits. “The site may be temporarily closed by business owners to support contact tracking and types of things,” he said. “But I certainly didn’t teach it to close.” ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said there were no new cases linked to a possible outbreak at Canberra Hospital after two patients unknowingly contracted the virus in the general operating ward. It was declared a “red zone” on Saturday with fears that other services could be disrupted and updated calls for a vaccination order for health care staff. Ms Stephen-Smith said about 30 staff were directly affected by the outbreak at Canberra Hospital. “In this particular case, I think it’s also important to remember that this is not the only COVID -positive patient identified within Canberra Hospital or throughout our public hospital and health system,” he said. “This is a situation that continues to be managed by a health service in Canberra, and indeed Calvary [Hospital] on a regular basis. “A number of new exposure sites were listed Sunday, including locations near Bruce and the CBD. The Calvary Haydon Retention Community Aged Care Facility was listed as a nearby contact site for four days. period between September 19 and and September 22. Several casual contact sites in Dickson, Kambah and the city have also been added.NEW COVID-19 NEWS: The ACT recorded 25 new cases from 8pm Saturday, with more than half attributed to existing cases.Across the border, NSW has seen 11 new cases in the local health district in the South.There are 961 new cases reported in NSW today, with an additional nine deaths.Seven new cases were recorded in Goulburn, with one under investigation.Two cases were found in Batemans Bay and linked to known cases.There was a new case in Queanbeyan and linked to a known cashier o. Another new case was “not recorded at one location” and an investigation is underway. Victorian officials confirmed 779 new local cases and two new deat hs associated with COVID-19. The state has more than 8000 active cases. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT and the lockdown is free for anyone to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you do, please subscribe here. If you are a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists strive to provide local, timely news to the community. Here’s how you can maintain access to our trusted content:

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