A trainee bus driver in Sydney worked three days while infectious with the coronavirus, NSW Health has confirmed.
On Wednesday, NSW confirmed six new coronavirus infections out of 25,876 tests in a 24-hour period, one of which was a trainee bus driver, who worked on August 20, 21 and 24 while infectious.
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said the trainee driver had limited contact with passengers, therefore posed little risk.
The bus driver was completing bus routes in Blacktown, Rouse Hill and Mt Druitt, NSW Health reported after an investigation.
The bus driver worked the following routes while infectious:
20 and 21 August:
755 at 05:18am from Mt Druitt station to Shalvey shops
755 at 05:35am from Shalvey shops to Mt Druitt
758 at 06:01am from Mt Druitt station to St Mary’s station
758 at 06:35am from St Marys station to Mt Druitt station
723 at 07:14am from Mt Druitt station to Blacktown station
731 at 08:15am from Blacktown station to Rouse Hill station
752 at 09:03am from Rouse Hill station to Blacktown station
755 at 10:47am from Plumpton marketplace to Mt Druitt station
756 at 11:29am from Mt Druitt station to Blacktown station
728 at 12:16pm from Blacktown station to Mt Druitt station
6546 at 14:36pm from St Clare Catholic High School
6583 at 15:15pm from Patrician Brothers’ College to Blacktown station via Blacktown South Public School and St Patrick’s Primary School
728 at 15:34pm from Blacktown station to Mt Druitt station
756 at 16:32pm from Mt Druitt station to Blacktown station
730 at 17:25pm from Blacktown station to Castle hill shopping centre
730 at 16:18pm from Castle hill to Blacktown station
723 at 19:48pm from Blacktown station to Mt Druitt station
750 at 20:38pm from Mt Druitt station to Blacktown station
750 at 21:14pm from Blacktown station to Mt Druitt station
758 at 21:50pm from Mt Druitt station to Emerson/Luxford
729 at 22:37pm from Mt Druitt station to Blacktown station
731 at 23:32pm from Blacktown station to Rouse Hill station
NSW Health is urging any passengers on those routes to watch for symptoms and to immediately get tested and self-isolate if symptoms develop.
Additionally, two confirmed cases linked to the Tattersall’s Fitness Centre on Pitt Street caught buses on August 21, 22 and 24 – the 339 and the X39 to and from Randwick to Martin Place.
The two cases linked to the Tattersall gym were there on August 19, 21 or 23.
Anyone who attended the gym between 8am and 2pm on any of those days is considered a 'close case' and should be tested for COVID-19 and self isolate for 14 days.
One of the confirmed gym cases also visited Randwick's Royal Hospital for Women on August 25, including the Windscreens Cafe, which has since been closed for cleaning.
One of the Tattersalls cases also worked at 300 George Street in the CBD on August 19, 20, 21 or 24 while infectious, and the Apple store in Broadway shopping centre was also exposed to the virus on August 22 between 3.40pm and 4.40pm.
Of the six new coronavirus cases, just one was a returning traveller, while the source of the five locally acquired infections are not yet known.
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