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NSW minister back in isolation after health authorities gave wrong advice on COVID-19 exposure

NSW Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello has gone back into isolation as a close contact of a COVID-19 case after being wrongly advised he was a casual contact and could leave self-quarantine.

NSW Health in a statement on Wednesday night said it had apologised to Mr Dominello for providing incorrect advice to him.

That advice related to his contact in NSW Parliament with Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall, who tested positive last week.

Mr Dominello left isolation on Saturday after receiving a negative test result and advice from NSW Health he had been classified as a casual contact.

He appeared at a press conference with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant before the mistake came to light on Wednesday. 

But Mr Dominello immediately re-entered isolation when contacted by NSW Health on Wednesday afternoon to advise he remained a close contact.

“An urgent COVID-19 test was performed and this test returned a negative result,” NSW Health said.

The minister is to remain in isolation until 6 July. 

“His two negative test results mean he has not posed a risk while in the community or to those he has interacted with in recent days,” the department said.

It said a risk assessment determined his proximity in the chamber during Question Time on Tuesday, 22 June for an extended period of time made him a close contact.

The risk assessment of a further exposure event in his office that day determined he was a casual contact, and on Saturday he was informed he could leave isolation after receiving a negative test result.

“NSW Health apologises for this error.”

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