Saturday, April 13, 2024

Prestons aged care site in lockdown

NSW Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant says a Sydney aged care facility linked to a confirmed COVID-19 case has been placed into lockdown.

An aged care resident who was visited by a man who later tested positive for coronavirus was being isolated in the facility, she said.

All residents and staff of Prestons Lodge, a residential aged care facility that opened just three years ago in the Sydney suburb of Prestons, are now being monitored for symptoms of COVID-19.

Premier, Gladys Berejiklian urged the public to not “let your guard down” in relation to community transmission of the virus, saying NSW was now in a “state of high alert”.

Meanwhile, a special ward has been set up in Royal Melbourne Hospital in preparation for an anticipated influx of elderly patients from aged-care homes.

Health officials are reportedly most concerned about three outbreaks – at Estia Health in Ardeer; Glendale Aged Care in Werribee; and Menarock Life in Essendon

Thirteen residents have been infected at both Menarock Life and Estia Health, and two at Glendale, including 90-year-old Alf Jordan, who sadly passed away on Friday.

It is believed the Estia outbreak was sparked when an employee, who also worked at Menarock, attended both sites after becoming infected.

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