Friday, September 17

Virus cases in two care centers for the elderly and a group home for the disabled

There is growing concern about new COVID-19 outbreaks in two nursing homes and a group home for people with disabilities in Sydney.

Several unvaccinated staff at senior care centers tested positive, including one at the Palms nursing home in Kirrawee, reported last night, and two staff at a Japara senior care center in Belrose, said Jeremy McAnulty from NSW. Health.

Five other people at the Unisson Disability group home in Parklea, northwest Sydney, tested positive, including three residents and two staff members.

The Palms Nursing Home in Kirawee has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member. (9News)

“The public health unit has been investigating, making sure other people are examined, isolated, and cared for,” said Dr. McAnulty.

“The workers in the care centers for the elderly were not vaccinated.

“But the workers and residents of the home for the disabled had received a dose of the vaccine.”

The Palms in Kirrawee is locked up after one of its employees was diagnosed with the virus last night.

More than 60 residents of the facility in southern Sydney are now on “strict lockdown” to prevent further spread.

All visitors and non-essential personnel are prohibited from entering the home until further notice.

“As a precaution, we are treating all residents as close contacts of the affected staff member while we assess the situation in more detail,” the facility said in a statement.

“Staff will implement strict infection control measures and carefully monitor residents for any symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath.

“Residents and affected personnel will be assessed on site within the next 24 hours.”

All residents are currently in isolation awaiting examination with the help of the Public Health Unit.

There is now a fence around the facility, a steel ring to guard against unwanted visitors.

“We recognize that this is a difficult time for families and friends, but we are committed to providing the latest information and updates, and alternative methods of connecting with loved ones, such as through CareApp, Facetime, email, and phone. “said Operations Manager Mathew. Hafford said in a statement.

Positive cases of COVID-19 detected in the Japara Belrose nursing home. (9News)

Meanwhile, in response to the positive cases at the Belrose home, the facility’s operator, Japara, said, “The health, well-being and safety of our residents and staff are our number one priority.

“All staff have been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. We are in close contact with residents’ families to ensure they are fully informed about the situation and provide ongoing support. to residents and our staff. “

At least half of the staff at Belrose’s home have been vaccinated, 9News understands.

Currently, it is not mandatory for older workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, however, a mandate will be introduced as of September 17.

All residential elderly care workers will be required to have received a minimum first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by that date.

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