By Freya Noble

A man in his 40s who went to the emergency department at Mount Druitt Hospital has tested positive to coronavirus.

A household contact of his, who is also in their 40s, has also tested positive, Dr Kerry Chant said today.

Dr Chant said the man spent “some time in the emergency department” while waiting for a COVID-19 test and the department has undergone a deep clean.

“As a precaution, we are ensuring that all staff or patients who may have had inadvertent contact are assessed and appropriate public health measures put in place,” Dr Chant said.

“The emergency department has been extensively and thoroughly cleaned and is now coming back online.

“So just want to thank the cooperation of the residents of that area and local GPs for that impact on the service.”

The patient was transferred to Westmead Hospital where he remains today.

NSW has recorded three new local coronavirus cases in the last day, which have all been linked to the Berala cluster in south-west Sydney.

“I also wanted to thank the community for meeting all the restrictions we’re putting in place, for wearing masks where we need to, for making sure that we’re responsible every time we leave the home, and I appreciate very much the critical phase of the pandemic we’re in,” the premier said.

Dr Young said the reduction in overseas arrivals to Queensland will help curb the spread of the virulent UK coronavirus strain.

She was also asked about further lockdowns if a future case is detected.

“It depends where it is found. If we find one of these people we have put into quarantine in their home and we find them positive… then no it wouldn’t because they are there in quarantine,” Dr Young said.

“We are doing that investigation to try and work out how the gentleman (at the hotel) infected the cleaner, to work that through, so we can prevent that.

“As you have heard we have now reduced the numbers coming from overseas. That will help us enormously because it was a strain on our system to take those up to 1400 people each week. That is now being reduced to 500. I think that will help us to manage the risk.”

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