Premier Berejiklian Confident in NSW Hotel Quarantine System

The New South Wales premier is confident in the processes in place at the states quarantine hotels after two security guards tested positive to COVID-19.

Of the four new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Aug. 23, one is a hotel security guard who was previously reported as a case on Aug. 22.

He worked at the Marriott Hotel in Sydney and tested positive after a week-long testing blitz on contacts after another security guard tested positive on Aug. 14.

NSW Health on Aug. 23 said contact tracing is underway as they investigate the source of his infection and potential links to the other infected security guard.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a recent audit of the states hotel quarantine system gave her confidence the processes in place are good.

But, she noted mistakes will be made.

“You might have good processes but that doesnt mean people remember to do the right thing all of the time,” she told reporters on Aug. 23.

“When the first guard tested positive of course it was a concern but its also surprising it had not occurred until now given weve had 48,000 people come through that system.”

Berejiklian also flagged she wont be increasing the cap on international arrivals into NSW at this stage.

“We are still having the burden for the nation in terms of people we are welcoming and I dont want to see those numbers go up at this stage,” she said.

The newly-diagnosed security guard is the sole person among the first ill guards 700 contacts to return a COVID-positive test.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant at a press conference in Homebush in Sydney, Australia on Aug. 17, 2020. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the two guards worked the same shift on Aug. 3, while the newly-diagnosed guard also worked at Sheraton Grand Hyatt Park hotel on the night of Aug. 16.

He was asymptomatic at the time of his shifts.

The guard who originally tested positive also worked across a number of venues after he was exposed.

The premier noted the state continues to be on a knife-edge in terms of community transmission and that she is most concerned about cases with no known source.

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