Canberra Hospital virus cases put health system at risk
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Two patients test positive for COVID-19 prompting further mandatory vaccination calls

Two patients at the Canberra Hospital have tested positive to COVID-19, sparking fears that other services could be disrupted and renewed calls for a vaccine mandate for healthcare staff. The two cases were revealed as the ACT recorded 32 new COVID-19 cases, the equal highest number of daily cases since the latest outbreak began. Twenty-six of the cases were linked and at least 24 spent part of their infectious period in the community. Ten COVID-19 patient were in hospital, four were in intensive care and three required ventilation. One patient was admitted to the hospital on September 18 and was unknowingly positive with the virus until a test was returned on Friday night. This patient was in a room on a general surgery ward with another patient, who has also tested positive. The ward has been declared a red zone and has been locked down. Health authorities understand the initial patient contracted the virus outside the hospital and was asymptomatic. Canberra Health Service chief executive David Peffer said both cases had been moved to the COVID ward and the room was being cleaned. "We're currently assessing any extended risk to other patients or to our workforce who worked in that ward at the time," he said. "Patients and our team members are currently undergoing testing at the moment, and no patients will be discharged from that ward until we have a confirmed test result back." READ MORE: Mr Peffer said many different specialties moved through this ward during the week…
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