More Melbourne hospital staff isolating

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Another Melbourne hospital has had to furlough more staff after a worker tested positive to COVID-19.

Staff from The Alfred have been sent home to isolate as a precaution after a colleague tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

A general medicine ward staff member contracted coronavirus as the primary close contact of another case, an Alfred Health spokeswoman said.

Close contacts at the hospital have been identified by contact tracers and are isolating, with secondary contacts being notified.

"Our priority at this time is the safety of our patients and staff," she said.

Royal Melbourne Hospital also furloughed staff after several patients, staff and visitors tested positive.

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