All NSW MPs told 'stay put' after minister tests positive
All NSW MPs have been told to stay where they are after it was revealed Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has tested positive to COVID-19.
All NSW MPs have been issued with a 'stay put' directive after it was revealed NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has tested positive to COVID-19.
Mr Marshall was one of the four ministers told to self-isolate after dining in a Paddington restaurant on Monday, which was listed as a venue of concern.
The agriculture minister dined with Nationals MPs Ben Franklin, Trevor Khan and Steph Cooke at Christo's Pizzeria eatery on Monday.
A message from Government Whip MP Adam Crouch just after 9am this morning advised ministers to "stay put" and not move until they receive further updates following the positive diagnosis.
"If you are currently in Parliament House, remain in Parliament House," the message read.
"If you are not in Parliament House, remain where you are."
Mr Marshall returned a positive test result this morning and is currently asymptomatic.
"This morning just after 8am, I was formally advised by NSW Health that I had returned a positive test for COVID-19," Mr Marshall said in a statement.
NSW Health informed him via text message late on Tuesday night that he attended a "close contact venue" on Monday evening and needed to get tested.
Mr Marshall said he was "doing fine" and would continue to follow health advice.https://twitter.com/BenFordhamLive/status/1407823724967972866
"To everyone who has contacted me this morning, thank you for your thoughts and well wishes - I'm doing fine and will continue to strictly follow the advice of health authorities," he said.
"To our wonderful NSW Health staff, who continue to do an amazing job in these challenging times, thank you for your support and efforts keeping all of us safe and well."
Earlier this morning, Parliament whips sent notes to members telling them not to bring in staff due to the positive case and other MPs in isolation.
Earlier, it was indicated that both houses will still sit today with numbers and time in parliament cut to a minimum, however that now appears up in the air.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard is also in isolation, awaiting his coronavirus test results.
"I woke up this morning to a message from NSW Health advising me that I may be a close contact of a possible positive case," Mr Hazzard told Today.
Mr Hazzard - who was at the official coronavirus briefing yesterday - said he is waiting on further health advice to determine what he can and can't do.
Mr Hazzard's NSW COVID-19 update will still go ahead at 11am.
"I certainly expect the Premier will be doing it if I am not able to do it at that stage," Mr Hazzard said.
"We can expect more numbers but I don't think they will be dramatic but we will see how it plays out today.
"I think the community is doing what we asked them to do."
The Minister for Health's isolation comes as Sydney wakes up to new restrictions in response to growing COVID-19 case numbers.
Mr Hazzard said he was "quite confident" NSW would have a "proportionate response" to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
"I feel confident that we will continue to manage it carefully," Mr Hazzard said.
"The restrictions that were put in place are proportionate, they are sensible.
"But certainly we have never, ever before said wear masks basically everywhere except your home."