Monday, July 22, 2024

Queensland aged care worker infected

A staff member at Carinity Karinya Place aged care home in Laidley, west of Brisbane has tested positive for coronavirus.

The person is self-isolating at home and reportedly did not work at the facility while experiencing symptoms.

A resident and a small number of staff who had contact with the infected person are also self-isolating as a precaution.

Testing of all residents and staff at the facility is now underway.

A spokesman for Carinity said the aged care home was working with health authorities.

“Staff have been adhering to strict hygiene protocols and social distancing measures since March and have been well trained in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) which they have been using in accordance with state health directives.”

“We are also providing regular updates to residents, their families and our staff and will do so until we have confirmation that Karinya Place is clear of the virus.”

The news comes just hours after a nurse at Ipswich hospital tested positive for coronavirus.

The 37-year-old man became infected after experiencing abdominal pain, Queensland Health said yesterday.

“He had identified abdominal pain, which is not normally considered a symptom of COVID-19, but he was incredibly wise and he identified that could have been a symptom and he went and got tested,” Health Minister, Steven Miles said.

“It underlines how we can all do the right things by monitoring our health and if we have any symptoms at all that are of any cause for concern, we can go and get tested.”

The male nurse’s partner has also tested positive.

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