Coronavirus Australia: Sydney hospital rocked by another Covid-19 outbreak with six wards exposed

Major Sydney hospital is rocked by its second major Covid-19 outbreak in months with six wards exposed and vulnerable patients and staff infected

  • 24 staff and patients at Liverpool Hospital have contracted Covid in last week
  • It’s the Sydney hospital’s second major outbreak in the last two months
  • Orthopaedics, geriatrics, neurology, renal and cardiothoracic wards affected



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One of NSW’s busiest hospitals has suffered another Covid-19 outbreak with dozens of staff and patients exposed. 

Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s south-west has suffered its second major outbreak within two months after 24 people tested positive in the last week.

The exposures occurred across six wards.

They included 13 patients and two staff members in the orthopaedics ward, five patients in geriatrics, three patients and one staff member in neurology, two patients and one staff member in the renal ward, one patient in the cardiothoracic ward, and an intensive care nurse. 

Liverpool Hospital  (pictured) has suffered another Covid-19 outbreak after 12 patients lost their lives in late July

No other ICU staff have been identified as close contacts so far.

‘All staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 are fully vaccinated,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Ninety-seven per cent of Liverpool Hospital’s staff have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine/are fully vaccinated.’

‘Covid-19 positive patients are currently in isolation and receiving appropriate care’.

Liverpool is one of the state’s busiest hospitals which treats up to 1,00 patients at any one time. 

The previous outbreak, sparked when a nurse unknowingly worked while infectious in late July, left 12 patients dead.

There are currently 1232 cases in hospital across NSW, with 242 in intensive care and 122 on ventilators.

Government modelling suggests daily COVID-19 infections may have already hit a high in NSW, but hospitalisations will peak in October.

Another four NSW regions have emerged from lockdown after going days without further COVID-19 cases.

The outbreak emerged after NSW recorded 1,035 cases and five deaths on Wednesday

Lismore and Albury were released from stay-at-home orders at midnight after no new cases were reported in the regions since they were locked down on September 16.

Several local council areas in the state’s west were freed overnight too, with Gilgandra and Brewarrina now at least 14 days virus-free.

Restrictions will also ease in Narromine from Saturday provided the town has no cases or sewage detections before then.

The announcement prompted the Queensland government to announce Lismore and Brewarrina would rejoin the border bubble from Thursday.

NSW reported 1035 new cases and five deaths on Wednesday.

It comes as NSW Health issues a call to arms to retired doctors, nurses, psychologists and dentists asked to help the state’s health system.

Six wards have been impacted by Liverpool Hospital’s latest outbreak

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