NSW Police has fined a security guard who contracted coronavirus at a Sydney quarantine hotel twice for failing to separate him during his examination.
The officer, 22, was screened after working at the Sydney Harbor Hotel, where another officer had tested positive for the virus earlier.
Police alleged that after being swabbed, the man refused to isolate himself.
A public health alert has now been released for Westfield Burwood and the local NSW Service Center visited by the man after his examination.
Anyone who visited the Kmart and Woolworths on Thursday , August 20th from 6:30pm to 7:00pm or the NSW Service in Burwood from 2:30pm to 3:00pm on Friday, August 21st was asked to check for signs of coronavirus.
Yesterday, NSW health officials reported three new infections with coronavirus in the 24 hours to 8:00 pm.
Three of these are in hotel isolation, and the third was a Liverpool Hospital employee who was a close contact to a prior case.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said he was “absolutely disappointed” by the security guard’s breaches of health protocol, saying the man should have known better.
“You have people working in high-risk locations that have induction processes and everyday are reminded about the seriousness of this,” he said.
“To have that person be told that they were positive to COVID and then to immediately go home and self-isolate and then not just on one occasion but on a second occasion not comply.
NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said it was not especially contagious for the security guard who was fined.
“Further testing has indicated his level of infectiousness at that time was very low and it is unlikely we are going to be able to isolate any virus from his samples given that low level of infectiousness,” she said.
While serving at the Marriott he was the second safety guard to check positive.
Dr Chant said it was hard to say if the two infections were related.
Yesterday NSW hit a research landmark of more than 2 million swabs taken since the pandemic started.