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One of the elderly residents at a Sydney aged care facility who was in contact with a female worker confirmed to have contracted coronavirus has died.
NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard confirmed at a press conference on Monday that a 95-year-old woman residing at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park has died after experiencing respiratory problems.
She was one of 13 residents who had come into contact with a worker aged in her 50s at the nursing home.
Mr Hazzard said he was unable to confirm at this stage whether her death was related to coronavirus.
A second resident is being tested, while the remaining 11 are in isolation.
“That's to protect them and to protect other people who might otherwise come into contact with them,” Mr Hazzard said.
Investigations are ongoing as to whether the woman’s death is due to contracting coronavirus.
Mr Hazzard confirmed the worker had not travelled overseas, indicating she contracted the virus inside Australia.
He said she was a “much-loved staff member” who had worked at the facility for more than 20 years.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said both the facility and NSW Health “acted precisely in accordance with the agreed plan” in response to the confirmed case.
He added the incident evidently shows there are “real challenges” across Australia.
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