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Aged care resident contracts coronavirus from worker at western Sydney facility with coronavirus after she went to shift while sick

By June 6, 2020 No Comments
A woman who went to her job at an aged care facility while sick has infected at least one elderly resident with coronavirus.
The healthcare worker at the Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in Caddens, in Sydney’s west, worked for six days while she was showing symptoms.
Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in Caddens, western Sydney.
Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in Caddens, western Sydney.(9News)
So far one resident has tested positive, with other close contact with symptoms awaiting test results.
A number of other staff and residents have been identified as close contacts and are in isolation.
The woman also worked two shifts at Greystanes Disability Services in Leura.
Residents have been informed and are all being isolated in their own rooms. Six staff members are also at home in isolation.
“The message is don’t go to work, if you are unwell, if you are working in an aged care facility and working with the most vulnerable people in the state, if you are feeling ill, don’t go to work,” Mr Hazzard said.
“There will be disastrous consequences if you are working with some of the most vulnerable people.”
This is not the first outbreak at an aged care facility in NSW.
Six residents at Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park died after contracting COVID-19, and two people died from a cluster at Opal Aged Care in Bankstown.
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