A 16th aged care resident at Sydney’s Newmarch House has died after testing positive for coronavirus.
The operator of the aged care facility, Anglicare Sydney, did not reveal any details about the resident.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family for whom this is both distressing and tragic,” Anglicare Sydney said in a statement.
“The incredibly contagious nature of the virus is evidenced by the fact that in the last 24 hours three staff members of Newmarch House have tested positive. They are now self-isolating.
“The positive test results were discovered during our daily, rigorous testing regime which is now being applied to all staff working at Newmarch House prior to the commencement of their shifts.”
There have been 66 infections linked to the home, including 29 staff members and 37 residents, since the outbreak first began on April 13.
Anglicare Sydney announced the death of a 71-year-old man yesterday saying he was “well cared for”.
“His passing highlights how terrible this virus is and how devastating it is for the elderly in our community,” Anglicare said in a statement.
“The impact of COVID-19 on older people is increasingly evident in Australia and internationally and this is extremely distressing for other residents, their families and members of the wider community.”
According to a statement from Angiclare, the man had no immediate family.
A health care worker from the Nepean Blue Mountains region has also tested positive for coronavirus however they did not attend work while infected.
NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant said individual staff working in health and aged care facilities should not be blamed for outbreaks.
“Human nature is of course you’re going to go and pick up a resident who has fallen on the ground even it means touching thiem of or your mask dislodges in that process.”
“We need to show care and compassion for staff who are working in these facilities,” Dr Chant said.
A “detective” style investigation into how the deadly cluster at a Sydney aged-care home first began is continuing.
Newmarch House aged care staff members will now take daily COVID-19 tests in an attempt to manage the outbreak at the Sydney facility.
Family members of vulnerable and elderly residents have grown increasingly agitated, citing lack of communication from Newmarch House operators and other health risk concerns.
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