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Covid seeps into Melbourne aged care homes, staff tests positive

Another staff member and one resident at an Arcare aged care home in Melbourne’s west have tested positive to COVID-19, sparking fears the virus has seeped through a number of facilities.
Arcare today confirmed three cases have been detected in the Maidstone facility in total, while another case has also been diagnosed in a staffer at a BlueCross home in Sunshine.
The infected resident had received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, however, the second Arcare worker did not receive the first dose on May 12 as she was on personal leave at the time.
“We are closely monitoring our residents and team members for signs and symptoms and a second round of testing will be carried out tomorrow, Tuesday 1 June,” the statement read.
“Contract tracing is well underway.
“We are doing everything possible to minimise any further exposure to residents and team members and have placed the Maidstone residence in lockdown.”
The aged care home has been placed into a hard lockdown, with residents confined to their rooms as a testing blitz remains underway.
The first worker’s infection is a mystery case which remains of “extreme concern” to health authorities, who are scrambling to track down the source of the infection.
The first aged care worker was tested immediately after developing symptoms, Victoria’s testing commander Jeroen Weimar confirmed yesterday.
“At this point in time this is the biggest priority for us to make sure we fully understand and wrap ourselves around both where the cases come from and where those chains are,” he said.

More aged care staff positive

A staff member at BlueCross Western Gardens aged care in Sunshine has also tested positive to COVID-19.
The worker tested negative on their last day of work on Friday, but returned a positive result last night.
They are a close contact of a worker who tested positive at another aged care facility, believed to be Arcare Maidstone.
All residents have been confined in their rooms to quarantine, a letter from BlueCross read.
“We are closely monitoring all residents for any symptoms of COVID-19. At this stage, all are symptom-free,” CEO Robert Putamorsi said.
“Additional testing has been arranged for all residents and staff for today.”

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