Investigations by health authorities into the source of the special care nursery remain ongoing, however, they have confirmed a team member who tested positive had cared for the first baby who contracted the virus.
ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith on Friday updated reporters on the unfolding health situation at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children while announcing the territory had reported 40 new cases in the past 24 hours.  
She further confirmed no additional babies had contracted the virus overnight, with the two who tested positive earlier in the week now being cared for in a paediatric COVID-19 ward.
Infant tests positive for COVID in ACT
Carers will be allowed to visit the five babies in isolation after they return a negative COVID-19 test on day five of their quarantine period. 
“This is an incredibly challenging and stressful situation for their parents,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.
“I understand today is day four and they (the babies) will be tested today.”
Visitors will be required to wear appropriate PPE.
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As a result of the exposure at the special care nursery, 27 Canberra Health team members were required to isolate, with Ms Stephen-Smith reassuring the public the impacted areas are being deep cleaned and non-essential movement in and out of the nursery and neo-natal intensive care unit limited. 
The Health Minister noted the “significant impact” of the ACT’s COVID-19 outbreak particularly on the Indigenous community. 
“This is a reflection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are in all walks of life in our community, and just like the rest of the community there has been an impact,” she said. 
“But we know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Canberrans are more likely to have underlying health conditions and so this is a particular concern.” 
ACT records 41 new local COVID-19 cases
Of the new cases recorded overnight, 21 have been linked to known cases or ongoing clusters. Nine of the 40 infections were in home quarantine during the entirety of their infectious period and 10 spent some time in the community while infectious. 
Ms Stephen-Smith again praised vaccination rates, revealing more second doses were administered than first doses on Thursday – with nearly 97 per cent of the ACT’s 12 and over population having received their first vaccine and more than 68 per cent fully vaccinated. 

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