Mum with COVID-19 sparks Sydney hospital scare after trying to visit critically ill son

Patients waiting in the emergency room of a Sydney hospital have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 after a woman with the virus attempted to visit her critically ill son.

The man, aged in his 30s who also has COVID-19, was taken by ambulance last night to the Northern Beaches Hospital from his Belrose home after his condition deteriorated.

"He was immediately treated in the emergency department (ED) in a negative pressure room by staff in full personal protective equipment," the hospital said in a statement to 9News.

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A medical staff member talks to someone in line at the Coronavirus clinic at the Northern Beaches Hospital.

"The man was intubated in the ED and transferred to a negative pressure room in the intensive care unit."

A family member of the man, who 9News understands is his mother, later presented to the emergency department, where she waited for five minutes, the hospital said.

The mother had also tested positive to COVID-19 but did not declare her COVID-19 risk when she arrived at the hospital.

The Northern Beaches Hospital in Frenchs Forest, Sydney, has had a COVID-19 scare.

"Mandatory Service NSW QR code check-ins for all people entering all entrances to the hospital," the hospital said in the statement.

"Screeners also ask a list of questions to determine COVID-19 risks. Visitors are restricted unless in exceptional circumstances.

"Once staff became aware of the risk, they were immediately taken to an isolation area."

People who were in the hospital's waiting area at the same time as the woman are being contacted by the Northern Sydney Local Health District's Public Health Unit.

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