Sydney hotel quarantine guard tests positive to COVID-19

An investigation has been launched into a breach of hotel quarantine in Sydney after a security guard overseeing guests tested positive to COVID-19.

The man had also worked at a number of other venues which are already at the centre of health alerts.

New South Wales Health has confirmed the guard worked at the Marriott Hotel in Circular Quay on August 3, 4, 7 and 8.


His positive test has been traced back to a guest at the hotel who was diagnosed around the same time.

The guard had also worked at Sydney Markets at Flemington, Parramatta Local Court and Bankstown Central Shopping Centre.

New South Wales Health has launched an “intense investigation” into exactly how the man contracted the virus.

“Our detective work has indicated that the most likely source of infection was at the Marriott Hotel, but the exact nature of how that infection could have been acquired is a matter under intense investigation as we speak,” Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said.

New South Wales Police are also looking into the infection.

“We are currently doing that as we speak at the Marriott Hotel, in terms of viewing CCTV footage, conducting various interviews and having conversations with those that are involved in this matter,” Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker said.

New South Wales reported just three new cases on Tuesday, its lowest number in more than a month.

One is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine while the other two were both locally acquired in Sydney’s south-west.

One of those local cases has been linked to a funeral cluster however officials have been unable to trace the source of the other case.