A fully vaccinated health worker has tested positive to coronavirus, sending dozens of intensive care nurses and medical staff at Westmead Hospital into isolation. 

There are now a total of 36 people who work at the busy Sydney hospital who must self isolate for 14 days, with 24 of them ICU nurses.

It’s feared the Covid breach may have a significant impact on hospital staffing, which is already stretched due to the spiral number of infections across Sydney.

New South Wales recorded a further 207 locally acquired cases on Monday, bringing the total number of transmissions since the outbreak began last month to 3,634.  

A fully vaccinated health worker has tested positive to coronavirus , sending dozens of intensive care nurses and medical staff at Westmead Hospital into isolation

There are now a total of 36 people who work at the busy Sydney hospital who must self isolate for 14 days, with 24 of them ICU nurses

There are now a total of 36 people who work at the busy Sydney hospital who must self isolate for 14 days, with 24 of them ICU nurses

There are now a total of 36 people who work at the busy Sydney hospital who must self isolate for 14 days, with 24 of them ICU nurses

Western Sydney Local Health District confirmed that a clerk ward had worked for three days while infectious last week. 

But it is still not clear how the worker came into contact with the virus.

At this stage it appears the source of the infections is more likely to have come from the community, not the ward.  

Despite the strain of staffing numbers the Western Sydney LHD say: ‘Patient care has not been affected’.

‘Our highest priority is always the safety of patients and our staff.

‘The affected areas have been deep cleaned and there has been no further transmission associated with this case to date.’ 

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