Another aged care resident tests positive for Covid

·News Reporter
·2-min read

Another resident of a Melbourne aged care facility has tested positive for Covid-19.

There are now two residents of Arcare in Maidstone with coronavirus after an 89-year-old resident tested positive on Wednesday.

They are a close contact of another case in the facility who also tested positive for coronavirus.

Healthcare workers don personal protective equipment before entering the Arcare Aged Care facility in Maidstone, Melbourne.
Healthcare workers prepare to enter Arcare at Maidstone earlier this week. Source: AAP

Colin Singh, CEO of Arcare, said in a statement the resident has been transferred to hospital.

“Further testing will take place tomorrow, with the indication that it will occur every two days for this first week of the outbreak,” Mr Singh said.

It was announced earlier on Wednesday that Victoria's lockdown would be extended by 7 days after six new cases were recorded. Victoria has recorded 60 cases of community transmission since last Monday.

The latest care from Arcare will be included in Thursday's numbers.

On Tuesday, Federal Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Services Richard Colbeck copped heat for admitting he did not have an exact number of how many aged-care workers had been vaccinated.

But he did say "about just under 40,000" aged-care workers across the country had received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine that the government was "aware of".

"Bearing in mind that we now have five channels for aged-care workers to receive vaccinations because of the advice," he told the ABC.

A resident at the Arcare Aged Care facility in Maidstone reacts to media from her window, in Melbourne.
A resident at Arcare looks out her window. Source: AAP

It is advised staff and residents should not be vaccinated at the same time and only people aged over 50 years old should receive the AstraZeneca jab, he said.

He added there were several ways aged-care staff can get the vaccine: through their GP, at a state-run clinic, at Commonwealth clinic, or aged care providers can apply to run their own clinic.

More to come.

with AAP

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