Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Westmead Hospital infection
A staff member at Westmead Hospital in Sydney’s west has tested positive to COVID-19 after working three days while infectious last week.
NSW Health said the staff member was fully vaccinated but 36 of their colleagues were identified as close contacts and were forced into isolation.
A hospital spokesperson said patient care was not affected and there had not been any more transmissions associated with the case so far.
Investigations into the source of the infection indicate it was acquired in the community.
Two charged after home shooting
A second person has been charged after a shooting in Sydney’s west on Sunday.
Police were called to a home on Lawson Street in Lalor Park at around 11:00pm, where a 27-year-old man was shot in the foot.
At the home, officers were told a man had run away after the incident.
A woman was arrested soon after when she was allegedly found concealing a discarded magazine from a gun.
On Monday another arrest was made, with a 27-year-old man from Kings Langley allegedly linked to the shooting.
The woman is expected to front Parramatta court on Thursday and the man will face Blacktown court on Wednesday.
Army on ground in Fairfield
NSW Police and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have spent their first day checking on COVID-19 positive cases in the Fairfield area.
The ADF has moved to ease concerns about troops’ presence in Sydney, saying they won’t be targeting specific suburbs.
The officer in charge of the ADF operation, Brigadier Mick Garraway, said troops would be deployed for six weeks to help with contact tracing and door-knocking.
“We are not a law enforcement agency. The tasks we have underway today for example are delivering food hampers, assisting people with the set-up of vaccination stations.”
Around 300 Defence staff are now deployed in Sydney.
Summer Hill aged care outbreak
More than 30 elderly residents from a Sydney nursing home are being cared for in hospital, with 18 of them so far testing positive to COVID-19 after an outbreak at the facility.
All the remaining residents from the top floor of the Wyoming nursing home in Summer Hill were last night transferred to hospital, with more than a dozen considered close contacts of the confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Two staff members from the nursing home have also tested positive, including a student nurse who sparked the outbreak while working there while infectious but asymptomatic.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard yesterday described a “Christmas in July” lunch held at the nursing home as “effectively a super spreading event” that was “not a good idea right in the middle of a pandemic”.
The nursing home defended itself, saying it was a “normal lunch” that was held for the residents “but with Christmas decorations and some carols played to them on a speaker”.
Film Festival bumps start date
The Sydney Film Festival has shuffled its start date in the hopes of restrictions easing later in the year.
The festival, which is in its 68th year, usually runs in late June. It was first moved to August, but has now been bumped to November because of the city’s COVID-19 outbreak.
Festival director Nashen Moodley said the new dates from November 3 until November 14 would give Sydneysiders the opportunity to celebrate together.
“[We are] looking forward to returning to cinemas for a COVID-safe event in November, when we’ll come together to celebrate the films we love, in person.” he said.