Whilst the Lismore Hospital is fully open and operational, work at the Lismore Base Hospital Stage 3C redevelopment site was temporarily paused late on Tuesday 20 July over COVID exposure risks.
‘Construction was paused as a precautionary measure to allow investigations into two construction workers who were identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 exposure site in Coffs Harbour,’ said Lynne Weir, acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health.
The two contractors tested negative and will continue to self-isolate for 14 days, as required under the current public health orders. A further 77 construction workers and project staff were identified as secondary close contacts and are self-isolating while they await test results.
‘There are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases among residents of Northern NSW Local Health District, nor any confirmed cases isolating here,’ said Ms Weir.
‘There is no operational impact to patients or staff at Lismore Base Hospital, and people should continue to present for medical care.’