Health authorities have apologised after a student from a western Sydney school was falsely diagnosed with having COVID-19, shutting down the school and forcing some students and staff to isolate.

The student at Lidcombe Public School tested positive for coronavirus on the weekend, but infection has been ruled out following further testing.

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By Sophie Meixner

100 Sydney hospital workers in isolation

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More than 100 staff across two Sydney hospitals are in isolation after healthcare workers tested positive to COVID-19.

  

Three more healthcare workers have tested positive to the virus between Concord and Liverpool hospitals.

  

The New South Wales Government has begun contact tracing, with dozens of people awaiting tests.The state’s chief health officer Doctor Kerry Chant says the many staff are affected.

  

“There’s probably well over 100 healthcare workers impacted across the two facilities,” she said.

  

Another case, which will be announced today, was a visitor to a patient to Concord Hospital on September one. 

By Sophie Meixner

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A Western Sydney school will re-open this morning after health authorities found a student who had initially tested positive to COVID-19 does not have the disease.

 

The student of Lidcombe Public School tested positive for coronavirus on the weekend, but infection has been ruled out following further testing.

 

Staff and students who were considered close contacts are no longer required to isolate, as the school returns to face-to-face learning today.

 

A notice on the school’s website says NSW Health acknowledged the response may have adversely affected families and that it apologised for “any distress this may have caused”.

By Sophie Meixner

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I’m Sophie and I’ll start off our live coronavirus coverage for today. Join me as well as my colleague Nic McElroy, who’ll arrive a bit later, for your latest coronavirus news and daily press briefings.

   

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