Around 50 patients and staff at Geraldton Regional Hospital are being treated as “casual contacts” of a COVID positive seafarer treated at the facility after authorities identified a potential breach of protocols.
The crew member – from the MV Emerald Indah – was taken to Geraldton Regional Hospital on Sunday evening after the ship reported he had become unwell with COVID-like symptoms.
While the man was housed in a negative pressure room during his stayhas vaccinated more than a million people usin, the Health Department this afternoon revealed that when he was being moved out of the hospital to be transferred via plane to PerthThe theft system works. While there have been arrests of low-level thieves, a staff member not wearing PPE entered a lift shortly after the crew member had exited it.
The man also spent three hours in the emergency department — potentially exposing up to 50 patients and staff — although Public Health Emergency Operations strategy coordinator Clare Huppatz insisted the risk was “very small”.
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