NSW Health Minister tests Covid positive, will continue work virtually


NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has tested positive to coronavirus, the state government has confirmed.

“Minister Hazzard is now in isolation. He developed minor flu like symptoms overnight and is being managed via the NSW Health virtual hospital and the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit,” a statement said.

Hazzard took a rapid antigen test (RAT) last night after a colleague tested positive for COVID-19.

While he returned a negative result, he took a PCR test as a precaution and that was positive.

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Hazzard developed minor flu-like symptoms last night and is being treated through the NSW Health virtual hospital.

He is fully vaccinated and intends to continue work via Teams, his department said.

Hazzard had met health staff and patients on Tuesday when he opened the paediatric ward of Blacktown Hospital, in western Sydney.

The Liberal Wakehurst MP has been the state’s Health Minister since 2017. He has helped steer the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which first hit the state in January 2020.