Saturday, July 31

NSW Health Reclassifies Minister Victor Dominello as a COVID-19 Close Contact After Contact Tracking Error

NSW Health says Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello was forced back into quarantine after receiving incorrect advice about the nature of his exposure to coronavirus.

The NSW minister was told he was a close contact along with dozens of other politicians when Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a pizzeria in Paddington and attending a parliamentary session. on Tuesday, June 22.

However, Dominello was allowed out of quarantine on Saturday, June 26, after he returned a negative coronavirus test and was reclassified as a casual contact.

New South Wales Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello has been forced to re-isolate himself after being reclassified again as a close contact for Adam Marshall, who tested positive for the coronavirus. (9News)

That change in ranking was criticized by New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro, who was still seen as a close contact with Marshall.

Mr. Barilaro is cited by The Sydney Morning Herald saying that he had a “two or three minute” conversation with Mr. Marshall while Mr. Dominello was in Mr. Marshall’s office and interacted with the infected minister during question time.

“But for whatever reason, their interaction, which he has admitted, has been interpreted differently and I think this honestly shows that it is a downfall of luck … it depends on the contact tracker you get at the end of the phone,” Barilaro said. . .

New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro criticized the decision by health authorities to reclassify Victor Dominello as a casual contact. (Nine / James Alcock)

After reassessing the situation, NSW Health announced Wednesday night that Dominello was again being considered a close contact and immediately went back into isolation when contacted by health officials.

There was some concern after Dominello appeared alongside Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Health Director Dr. Kerry Chant at an afternoon press conference.

But NSW Health confirmed that an urgent COVID-19 test was performed on Mr. Dominello when he returned to quarantine and this again came back negative.

A group of men wearing masks leave the NSW Parliament House after NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall tested positive for COVID-19.
Dozens of MPs were forced into isolation after Adam Marshall tested positive for COVID and attended Question Time on June 22. (Kate Geraghty / SMH)

“Minister Dominello will remain in isolation until July 6. His two negative results mean that he has not posed a risk while in the community or to those with whom he has interacted in recent days,” NSW Health said in a statement.

“NSW Health’s risk assessment determined that his proximity in the House, during Question Time, Tuesday, June 22, for an extended period of time, made Minister Dominello a close contact.

“The risk assessment of a new exposure event in his office on Tuesday, June 22, determined that Minister Dominello was a casual contact.

“She received a call from NSW Health on Saturday June 26 about this exposure event and was informed that she could come out of isolation after receiving a negative test result.

“NSW Health apologizes for this error.”

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