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Nail salon worker in Sydney Westfield tests positive to coronavirus

Nail salon staff at a Sydney Westfield went to work while infectious with coronavirus – prompting urgent contact tracing at the popular shopping centre

  • A nail salon worker at a Westfield Hurstville has tested positive for coronavirus 
  • The employee was infectious while working at ProfessioNAIL on July 22 and 23 
  • The COVID-19 case is associated to the funeral cluster from south-west Sydney 

A nail salon worker at a Sydney Westfield has tested positive for coronavirus.

The female staff member was infectious while working two shifts at the shopping centre in Hurtsville, in the city’s south, last week.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the woman worked at ProfessioNAIL on Wednesday July 22 and Thursday July 23. 

A nail salon worker at a Westfield Hurstville (pictured), in Sydney’s south, has tested positive for coronavirus

‘This person is associated with the funeral cluster from south-west Sydney,’ Dr Sheppeard said in a statement. 

‘The business conducted a deep clean and public health officers confirmed appropriate cleaning and other COVID-Safe measures were in place.’

Dr Sheppeard said there was no greater risk to shoppers at Westfield Hurstville. 

Close contacts of the nail artist have been contacted and directed to self-isolate for 14 days. 

The health update comes after NSW recorded 14 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

Six of the new cases are linked to the funeral gatherings cluster, four cases are associated with Thai Rock Wetherill Park, and one case is connected to the Thai Rock restaurant at Potts Point. One case is a staff member at the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the woman worked at ProfessioNAIL (pictured) on Wednesday July 22 and Thursday July 23

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the woman worked at ProfessioNAIL (pictured) on Wednesday July 22 and Thursday July 23

In addition, one case is a staff member at the Apollo restaurant in Potts Point, one case was acquired in Victoria, and one is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the coming weeks will be critical for managing the recent and renewed spread of the virus, which has been linked to a second wave outbreak in Victoria.

She said NSW authorities remain on high alert.

‘There’s a lot of things going right but there’s a lot of things we can’t control. It only takes one or two cases for there to be a ripple effect,’ Ms Berejiklian told the Nine Network on Tuesday.

‘When you think about what you might have done in the past 14 days or what your friends might have done in the past 14 days, all the places you may have gone through, that’s what each of our health detectives does.’

Five COVID-19 patients are in intensive care, with one on a ventilator.

Pictured: A health worker gathers details at a COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic in Bondi, Sydney's eastern suburbs

Pictured: A health worker gathers details at a COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic in Bondi, Sydney’s eastern suburbs 

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