Saturday, September 18, 2021

Melbourne aged care home reports two new COVID cases

The COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria’s aged care system has spread further, with a resident and nurse testing positive to the virus.
An aged care resident and a nurse at the Arcare facility in Maidstone returned positive tests to the virus on Sunday.
“Arcare is saddened to advise that we have two new cases of COVID-19 at our Maidstone residence,” a statement from the facility read.
“One is a 79-year-old resident who lives in close proximity to the first two residents diagnosed.
“The second is an agency registered nurse who last worked at the residence yesterday.”
The resident, who has had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, is asymptomatic but will be transferred to hospital for public health reasons, coordinated by the Victorian Department of Health.
“One is a 79-year-old resident who lives in close proximity to the first two residents diagnosed.
“The second is an agency registered nurse who last worked at the residence yesterday.”
The resident, who has had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, is asymptomatic but will be transferred to hospital for public health reasons, coordinated by the Victorian Department of Health.
“This new detection is of interest because there are no confirmed cases in that area,” Deputy Chief Health Officer Professor Allen Cheng said.
“What we are somewhat concerned about are the upstream, so … for these cases where we can’t find who gave them the infection and particularly the family who returned from Jervis Bay (in NSW).”
Mr Merlino said it is likely there will be further easing of restrictions in regional Victoria and careful easing of restrictions in Melbourne.
“We’ve just got to drive this thing (COVID-19) to the ground,” he said.

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