Second Coronavirus Fatality Confirmed In Australia After Elderly Woman Dies
A 95-year-old woman has become the second Australian to die of coronavirus after an aged care worker was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Sydney's north.
The worker, aged in her 50s, from BaptistCare's Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park, is in a stable condition in hospital after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the woman had contact with 13 residents and two of them had expressed symptoms, including the woman who died in hospital on Tuesday night.
Authorities on Wednesday evening confirmed the 95-year-old woman tested positive to the virus.
Another resident, an 82-year-old man, was also confirmed to have COVID-19.
A female resident aged in her 70s at Dorothy Henderson Lodge, where a female nurse was diagnosed with the virus, has also tested positive.
Australia's chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy said it's "unfortunate" the female employee may have been working while ill, putting elderly residents at risk.
The aged care worker is believed to have been the third person infected through human-to-human transmission in Australia.
NSW chief medical officer Dr Kerry Chant said the aged care worker had no history of overseas travel.
"We are immediately establishing which staff and patients may need to self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 should they be unwell," she said.
The total number of people infected with COVID-19 in NSW has risen to 22 after six cases of coronavirus were confirmed overnight.
The new cases include an elderly female resident at a Macquarie Park nursing facility, a female doctor who works at Liverpool Hospital, a female patient from the Northern Beaches, a male from Cronulla and a female who is believed to have returned from the Philippines.
A woman in her 60s who arrived back in Australia on March 3, is believed to have returned from the Philippines. Her travel details are being obtained and will be disclosed if she posed a risk to any other passengers on her flight.