NSW Health has apologised to Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello after he was given the wrong advice following exposure to COVID-19.
- Minister Adam Marshall attended parliament while unknowingly infectious on June 22
- Mr Dominello’s reclassification was due to his proximity in parliament
- He is now in isolation until July 6
Mr Dominello was initially told he was considered a casual COVID-19 contact and not a close contact over his proximity to Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall, who has tested positive to the coronavirus.
“NSW Health has apologised to Minister Dominello for this error and acknowledges that he was following the health advice we provided to him,” a statement from NSW Health said.
“The risk assessment by NSW Health determined his proximity in the Chamber, during Question Time, on Tuesday 22 June for an extended period of time made Minister Dominello a close contact.”
His reclassification comes after Mr Dominello earlier on Wednesday fronted the daily COVID-19 press briefing alongside Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant.
Last Monday night, June 21, Mr Marshall with a number of Nationals MPs attended Christo’s Pizzeria in Paddington. They were all forced into isolation after the inner city restaurant was named as a COVID exposure site.
However, Mr Marshall had also attended a number of functions on Tuesday while unknowingly infectious. On Thursday, June 24, he was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Parliament was thrown into chaos with staff told not to attend. Opposition leader Chris Minns’s scheduled budget reply was also postponed.
Mr Dominello earlier said he was told he was a casual contact on Saturday, June 26 and had followed the health advice.
When asked about the situation that led to that, he said:
“Minister Marshall came into my office at about 3.30(pm). He was there for about two minutes. He spoke to one of my staff members,” Mr Dominello said.
“He was around three metres away from me, so it was at a point when he wasn’t that infectious, and I just followed the health advice when they asked me questions about it. They said, ‘You are now deemed casual’.”
Late this evening, NSW Health confirmed that Mr Dominello had left isolation on June 26 after receiving a negative test result and being classified as a casual contact.
They also conceded they had made a mistake and had contacted Mr Dominello to advise him he remains a close contact, and needs to stay in isolation until July 6.
He was re-tested urgently this afternoon and for a second time tested negative to COVID-19.
NSW Health said this means that he had not posed a risk while in the community or to those he had interacted with in recent days.