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Australia COVID-19 infection inside aged care facilities is inevitable: PM

05:41  29 july  2020
05:41  29 july  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Aged care staff raise concerns over infection control standards

  Aged care staff raise concerns over infection control standards Aged care workers have raised concerns over infection control standards at a number of facilities in Victoria as the number of coronavirus cases across the sector escalates. Today revealed several workers logged complaints to the Healthcare Workers Union about the environment elderly residents were living in.There are now 383 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths linked to aged care facilities across Victoria. In calls made to the union, one worker claimed masks and gloves weren't taken seriously by management and it was up to staff to provide their own PPE."Masks and gloves weren't taken seriously – it was up to workers.

By helping facilities improve their infection prevention and control practices in order to prevent the transmission of COVID - 19 , together we If a health care worker or resident of a facility is diagnosed with COVID - 19 , immediately contact your local public health department to receive further guidance

COVID - 19 is a new disease. and CDC is learning more about it and how it affects people every day. Reassure your patients who require emergency care that emergency departments have infection In the event that COVID - 19 is transmitted in the facility , sessions should stop or move to a video

Scott Morrison has said that it is inevitable aged care facilities will see COVID-19 infections due to the high amount of community transmission in Victoria.

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"When it rains, everyone gets wet," Mr Morrison said.

"The challenges of dealing with aged care are not unique to Australia. Indeed in every country in the world where there is sustained community transmission, it is inevitable that this will find its way into aged care facilities."

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Scott Morrison speaking about coronavirus. © Nine Scott Morrison speaking about coronavirus.

The Prime Minister doubled down on warnings to aged care workers that any illness they feel could result in enormous harm to the residents they care for.

"The principal cause for transmission into aged care facilities has been through workforce transmission," the PM said.

"It is principally come through the infection of staff, more broadly in the community, many cases completely unaware of that infection and by the time they became aware of that infection, then obviously they'd been in those facilities."

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In COVID - 19 , ‘ CO ’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. Emergency departments have infection prevention plans to protect you from getting COVID - 19 if you need care for your medical condition.

Infection with COVID - 19 is diagnosed by finding evidence of the virus in respiratory samples such as swabs from the back of the nose and throat or fluid from the lungs. Samples for testing can be taken directly by GPs or at a range of private pathology sites across the state that are suitable for collection

Mr Morrison said more than 750 healthcare workers in Victoria have been infected with COVID-19.

"As the Premier rightly said, if you are ill, do not go to work," he said.

"That is true if you work in a meat processing plant, it is true if you work in a chemist shop, it is true if you work in a restaurant, it is true if you're a journalist, a politician, whoever you may be."

Aged care cannot be completely protected from the virus, Secretary of the Department of Health Brendan Murphy said.

"One of the things we have all learned about this virus in the last six months is this terrible combination of a virus that can spread so easily in a fit young people, sometimes without any symptoms, and yet when it gets into our frail elderly people, it wreaks havoc," Professor Murphy said.

"And it has a very significant death rate, fortunately some do recover but it is a very, very nasty virus with the elderly."

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Crack teams of up to seven medical professionals will be sent to aged care facilities in Victoria, and will operate as "first responders" who will provide medical leadership and stabilise the infection rate within facilities.

Additionally, aged care nursing staff have been trained in infection response.

"Some 150,000 aged care workers have been trained with those training modules that have been provided through the earlier response provided by the Commonwealth," Mr Morrison said.

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NSW outbreak contained: PM

Mr Morrison commended a number of states and territories for keeping case numbers low.

"For many states and territories, we welcome the fact that they're entering zeros into those datasets and long may that be the case, but when those numbers move, it's important that we are able to identify those as early as possible," said Mr Morrison.

"It is also pleasing to see that the outbreak in New South Wales has been contained."

Nineteen new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in NSW today, including two in hotel quarantine.

There were 18,543 tests carried out in the past day.

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