Hundreds of Ipswich Hospital staff in quarantine over COVID-19 fears

Hundreds of staff at a busy hospital west of Brisbane are in quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 results after a fifth case, connected to the cluster tested positive to the virus.

The Ipswich Hospital healthcare worker in her 30s was already in quarantine. She is one of two new cases confirmed on Monday.

The other is a woman in her 20s and is a household contact of a known case who had already been in quarantine.

There are now five cases linked the hospital. Director General Dr John Wakefield said all five have contracted the virus from either working in the hospital’s COVID unit or had been identified as close contacts.

“The link is direct,” Dr Wakefield said.

At Ipswich Hospital, 220 staff were placed in quarantine over the weekend.

The hospital will remain open for emergency, but other appointments have been relocated or delayed until staff complete their quarantine.

Dr Wakefield

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