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

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

Liverpool Hospital in the city’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.

All staff members who tested positive are fully vaccinated.

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

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.

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.