Ag Minister positive to COVID, tells 2GB

Marshall reveals he has tested positive to COVID-19

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Adam Marshall at Sydney Royal with NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in April. Photo by Lucy Kinbacher.

Adam Marshall at Sydney Royal with NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet in April. Photo by Lucy Kinbacher.

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State Government dissaray as Health Minister forced into isolation

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After being forced into isolation, NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has now revealed he has tested positive to COVID-19.

He told 2GB's Ben Fordham this morning he is asymptomatic and has been in full isolation since Tuesday night.

He went to a pizza restaurant in Paddington on Monday night with three other Nats including the member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke. All four went straight into isolation. A positive case had attended the pizza restuarant, Christos, at the same time.

Mr Marshall issued this statement at 8.45 this morning telling everyone to "take care".

"This morning just after 8am I was formally advised by NSW Health that I had returned a positive test for COVID-19," he said.

"I have been in isolation in Sydney since late Tuesday night, when I received a text message from NSW Health advising of my attendance at a close contact venue on Monday evening, and the need to present for testing.

"To everyone who has contacted me this morning, thank you for your thoughts and well wishes - I'm doing fine and will continue to strictly follow the advice of health authorities.

Mr Marshall out and about at Tocal College last week when he was not infectious.

Mr Marshall out and about at Tocal College last week when he was not infectious.

"To our wonderful NSW Health staff, who continue to do an amazing job in these challenging times, thank you for your support and efforts keeping all of us safe and well.

"Take care everyone."

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has been forced to go into isolation as well after having been deemed a close contact. An infected person was in state parliament and the NSW Labor's budget in reply speech may be delayed - or even parliament.

"When I woke up this morning about 5.30 there was a text message from NSW Health advising me that there is a possible positive case who works at Parliament House in Sydney and that I should therefore self-isolate until further notice," Mr Hazzard told Sunrise on Channel Seven.

Mr Marshall was in a party room meeting at parliament with Coalition MPs on Tuesday, ahead of the NSW Budget. All workers have been locked out of NSW parliament on Thursday morning. Only five senior MPs including the Premier have been allowed in.

Steph Cooke said in a statement she had tested negative in an initial test.

"It is a Parliamentary sitting week, so being in Sydney was unavoidable. I opened a text message from NSW Health early Wednesday morning advising me to take a Covid-19 test and to self-isolate, and I immediately did so."

"Whilst my test has since come back as NEGATIVE for Covid-19, I am following the advice of NSW Health by staying in isolation and will be taking further tests in coming days."

"Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of checking-in; this firsthand experience has told me the system is working - it is how I received advice from NSW Health so quickly."

"So please, keep checking-in at our local venues and remember to practice social distancing."

"I also want to take this opportunity to thank our health teams for the amazing work they continue to do every day throughout this Covid-19 pandemic."

"To everyone who has been in touch with me this morning, thank you for your well wishes - I truly am feeling fine and I will continue to follow the health advice, first and foremost in the interests of the health and safety of my seat of small communities."

Mr Marshall has been in Sydney for parliament this week and the budget. On Wednesday morning, NSW Health confirmed 10 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday.

Health authorities also confirmed 13 additional positive cases of the virus had been detected since the Tuesday night cut off.

Many believe Sydney is headed for a lockdown as cases grow and seven local government areas have been declared a hotspot. People in those areas are not allowed to leave the Greater Sydney area.

More to come.

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