NSW health official gives emotional apology at Ruby Princess inquiry

5/05/2020 1:59:00 PM

A NSW health official has been brought to tears during the Ruby Princess inquiry when asked about the department's shortcomings.

Senior epidemiologist Kelly-Anne Ressler was on Tuesday questioned during a special commission of inquiry hearing into the Ruby Princess cruise ship which docked at Circular Quay on 19 March.READ MOREBut, Ms Ressler said, while a ship was at sea she had"no jurisdiction" to control what actions were taken.

The Ruby Princess cruise ship departs Port Kembla in Wollongong, NSW."All I can say is that I'm very sorry it turned out the way it did, it was not our intention," she replied as she fought back tears."My understanding is the technician didn't realise they were cruise ship samples ... and they were not tested as a priority," Ms Ressler said.

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Really maybe we should listen to the professionals instead of the trusted 4.00am talking point driven MSM. By the way Qanon sent me. WWG1WGAWORLDWIDE Covid_19 Plandemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19 via YouTube She should not have apologised. Brad Hazzard was the minister responsible for docking the plague ship in Sydney and the mea culpa should have come from him.

Not surprising... many others have shed tears as a result of this fiasco. And what's worse, is that what we're seeing at that NSW old age facility seems to be being handled in the same way... disastrously.

Ruby Princess would be dealt with differently if it could be done again: NSW HealthA senior NSW Health official has broken down giving evidence at the Ruby Princess inquiry, saying if the department could have their time again they would handled the situation differently OK I've read about the diamond princess and the ruby princess any news on the emmerald or garnet princesses? Were they all on route to see the wonderful wizard of Oz? easy to say to see the absolute devastation n costing us billions

Ruby Princess coronavirus inquiry hears outdated records were supplied to NSW Health before ship docked - ABC NewsThe Ruby Princess cruise ship was deemed a 'low risk' based on an outdated log of ill passengers which meant it narrowly fell under the benchmark for State Government intervention, an inquiry hears. outdated records were supplied to NSW Health before ship docked NSW is complicit to make cruise ships docking as fast as possible to make the berth available for next cruise The squeeze led to d haste n neglect That’s not good enough, why did Border Security let the ship in when thepmo said not too PeterDutton_MP?

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NSW Health investigating possible multiple infection sources at Newmarch HouseNSW Health authorities are investigating whether multiple sources of infection caused the devastating outbreak of COVID-19 at the Anglicare Newmarch aged care facility Nursing homes and cruise ships are death traps It’s sad when management are slack and in this case big time

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter A NSW health official has been reduced to tears after it was suggested there'd been a"reprehensible shortcoming" by the department when Ruby Princess passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney.Play video Under the state government's draft guidelines developed by NSW Health on February 19, if the number of flu-like cases presented was equal to or greater than 1 per cent, it would indicate an outbreak had occurred and the ship would be deemed a higher risk.The Ruby Princess cruise ship was assessed as "low risk" for coronavirus infections based on an outdated log of ill passengers on board, an inquiry has heard.Larger text size Very large text size NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro will not contest the key federal seat of Eden-Monaro, paving the way for the state's transport minister Andrew Constance to make the switch to national politics.

Senior epidemiologist Kelly-Anne Ressler was on Tuesday questioned during a special commission of inquiry hearing into the Ruby Princess cruise ship which docked at Circular Quay on 19 March. Ms Ressler - coordinator of the department's cruise ship health program - told the commission an expert health panel had been created specifically to look into the risks of COVID-19 earlier in 2020. "[But] by 19 March when the ship docked, the 1 per cent level had been reached, although that data was not before the health assessment panel when their determination was made," Mr Beasley said. Although not part of the panel, she was involved in providing"assistance and suggestions" towards a draft protocol document, which was released on 19 February. A special commission of inquiry into the ill-fated voyage today heard under guidelines implemented the same day the ship docked, NSW Health had to be informed if there had been a respiratory outbreak of more than 1 per cent of passengers on board. READ MORE Newmarch nursing home confirms another coronavirus death, taking national toll to 97 The protocol suggested all passengers visit a ship's medical centre if they had respiratory symptoms and a fever, with isolation to follow. "These ships are very large and they have the capacity to carry thousands of passengers and crew," he said. But, Ms Ressler said, while a ship was at sea she had"no jurisdiction" to control what actions were taken. Credit: AAP Advertisement Bega mayor Kristy McBain is expected to be named the Labor candidate on Monday and has history on her side - it has been almost a century since an opposition has lost a federal byelection to a government.

Some 2,700 passengers were allowed to disembark on 19 March and the ship has since been linked to more than 20 coronavirus deaths and 600 infections across Australia. Outbreaks of gastroenteritis and influenza are not uncommon. The ship's log used to make that assessment recorded 36 of the 3,795 people on board had presented to the medical centre with relevant symptoms — 0. The federal department overseeing biosecurity arrangements has said NSW Health"advised there were no issues preventing disembarkation". The Ruby Princess cruise ship departs Port Kembla in Wollongong, NSW. Dr Von Watzdorf said she was thinking what could have been done better and Ms Ressler responded that there would probably be a significant increase in cases. AAP Commissioner Bret Walker SC asked Ms Ressler why he"should not draw the conclusion that there has been a reprehensible shortcoming from NSW Health". "[But] by 19 March when the ship docked, the 1 per cent level had been reached, although that data was not before the health assessment panel when their determination was made," Mr Beasley said. "All I can say is that I'm very sorry it turned out the way it did, it was not our intention," she replied as she fought back tears. It is very transmissible," Ms Ressler told the inquiry. Politicians regularly brief on internal polling to claim a lead or manage expectations in a contest, and the Herald did not see the CT results.

"Myself and my colleagues at the public health unit were working very hard on this. We did what we could and if we could do it again it would be very different. Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying." The commission was told after the ship arrived into Sydney early on 19 March, the swabs from sick passengers were"put into the queue as per normal" for COVID-19 testing rather than being expedited. "My understanding is the technician didn't realise they were cruise ship samples .. Ms McBain declared her intention to run on Friday, with an endorsement from Labor leader Anthony Albanese .

. and they were not tested as a priority," Ms Ressler said. READ MORE Scott Morrison maps out Australia's path back to work The ship had been deemed low-risk by an expert health panel after 0.94 per cent of people on board presented to the medical centre with relevant flu-like symptoms. In order to be deemed a greater risk in line with the state's draft guidelines, it needed to be equal to or greater than 1 per cent to indicate an outbreak had occurred..

The inquiry heard throughout the hearing there were low swab availabilities aboard the ship, as documented in messages shared between Ms Ressler and the onboard doctor. Mr Beasley on Tuesday said the Ruby Princess's permission to dock in Sydney was initially cancelled by the NSW Port Authority on 19 March. He stated someone from Australian Border Force called the duty harbour master to discuss"turning the ship around and sending it back to sea". READ MORE Fears for Australia's arts industry after Sydney's Carriageworks folds due to coronavirus But a short time later the same ABF person called the master and said it could proceed to Circular Quay. The special commission will continue to hear evidence on Wednesday and Friday and is expected to deliver its final report by mid-August.

A separate Senate inquiry into the Ruby Princess began on Tuesday in Canberra while a NSW Police criminal probe is also underway. The Ruby Princess on Tuesday was off the east coast of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao en-route to Manila. A Princess Cruises spokesman said it's expected to arrive in Manilla on Thursday and"a determination will then be made for the repatriation of Filipino crew in consultation with authorities in the Philippines". The ship departed Port Kembla in Wollongong almost a fortnight ago. People in Australia must stay at least 1.

5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits. Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.  The federal government's coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is available for download from your phone's app store.

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