Hospital pharmacy staff in isolation


Pharmacy staff who ate at a Thai restaurant linked to a positive case of COVID-19 are now in self-isolation

NSW Health has directed everybody who was at the Thai Rock Restaurant at Sydney’s Potts Point for two hours or more between Wednesday, 15 July and Saturday, 25 July to be immediately tested for COVID-19, and to self-isolate for 14 days since they were since there, regardless of symptoms.

The new advice, issued Sunday, followed investigation into a case announced last week, who had reported being at the restaurant on Friday, 17 July.

“A staff member at the restaurant has now tested positive, and the venue has been closed for cleaning,” NSW Health said in a statement. “Investigations into the source of the infection and contact tracing are under way.

 “The Thai Rock Potts Point has the same owners as Thai Rock Wetherill Park, which has now been linked to 67 cases of COVID, but investigations to date have not identified links between cases at the two sites.”

On Tuesday, HPS, which provides pharmacy services to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, confirmed that pharmacy staff were among those self-isolating as a result.

“18 pharmacy staff at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Darlinghurst dined at the Thai Rock restaurant in Potts Point on the night of Friday July 17,” it said in a statement.

“It has since been confirmed that one Thai Rock Potts Point restaurant employee has been diagnosed positive to COVID-19.

“In accordance with a NSW Health directive that anyone who visited the restaurant for more than two hours between July 15 and July 25 to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days, the pharmacy staff who dined at the restaurant are currently in self isolation awaiting the results of COVID-19 tests.

“St Vincent’s Private Hospital and the pharmacy have arrangements in place to continue pharmacy operations with patient and staff welfare the priority.”

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