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Australia Victorian coronavirus outbreaks in aged care homes swell as St Basil's in Melbourne evacuated

12:00  31 july  2020
12:00  31 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Victorian coronavirus outbreaks in aged care homes swell as St Basil's in Melbourne evacuated

  Victorian coronavirus outbreaks in aged care homes swell as St Basil's in Melbourne evacuated Health authorities are moving every resident from St Basil's aged care home into hospital in a bid to save lives, as the biggest aged care home outbreak in Victoria continues to spread. The St Basil's home in Fawkner is now linked to 124 cases, including 78 residents, 35 staff and 11 other contacts.The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, a joint state and federal task force, said the decision to fully evacuate the home was made after six staff brought in to help manage the outbreak were infected in recent days.

Aged care outbreak in Victoria is 'very distressing', says Morrison. Bartone told the ABC that the AMA had been calling for a coordinated response to the outbreak , and was glad to see that all available resources were now being put into the aged care homes , three weeks after the outbreak

Aged care outbreak in Victoria is 'very distressing', says Morrison. Bartone told the ABC that the AMA had been calling for a coordinated response to the outbreak , and was glad to see that all available resources were now being put into the aged care homes , three weeks after the outbreak

a truck is parked on the side of a road: Several ambulances could be seen transporting residents out of the home on Friday afternoon. (ABC News) © Provided by ABC Health Several ambulances could be seen transporting residents out of the home on Friday afternoon. (ABC News)

Health authorities are moving every resident from St Basil's aged care home into hospital in a bid to save lives and deliver better care, as the biggest aged care home outbreak in Victoria continues to spread.

The St Basil's home in Fawkner is now linked to 124 cases, including 78 residents, 35 staff and 11 other contacts.

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Almost 20% of aged care facilities in Victoria affected as crisis deepens. Follow live. In facilities such as St Basil ’ s , in facilities such as Epping Gardens where we have been working very consistently over recent days, in Kirkbrae. Aged care outbreak in Victoria is 'very distressing', says Morrison.

Almost 20% of aged care facilities in Victoria affected as crisis deepens. Follow live. The Australian chief nursing and midwifery officer, Alison McMillan, is leading the aged care response in Victoria . She spent some time in St Basil ’ s home for the aged in Fawkner managing the response there last week

The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre, a joint state and federal task force, said the decision to fully evacuate the home was made after six staff brought in to help manage the outbreak were infected in recent days.

"The decision was made to transfer residents to hospitals due to a reduction in staff numbers at St Basil's," the centre said in a statement.

"Six staff at St Basil's have tested positive for COVID-19, and as a precautionary measure all staff have been instructed to be tested and self-isolate for a mandatory period."

Australia's Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan said the decision had not been made lightly and acknowledged there were risks with moving residents, particularly those with dementia.

Families of St Basil's Homes for the Aged residents fear for their loved ones as coronavirus outbreak grows

  Families of St Basil's Homes for the Aged residents fear for their loved ones as coronavirus outbreak grows Families of residents of a Melbourne nursing home that has been linked to 74 coronavirus cases have expressed anger and fear about the handling of the outbreak in the facility. John Atzarakis was told on Tuesday his mother, 77-year-old Fotini Atzarakis, would not survive the coronavirus infection she picked up at St Basil's Homes for the Aged in Fawkner, in Melbourne's north.Despite the predictions of doctors at the Austin Hospital where she is being treated with maximum oxygen, Mr Atzarakis's mother has so far defied the odds.

Schools and aged care homes closed after two women who returned to Brisbane from Melbourne test positive. Follow live. The Labor MP Bill Shorten is on the ABC as we speak. He’s talking about Theo Makridis, a resident at St Basil ’ s aged care home in Melbourne who has died.

Schools and aged care homes closed after two women who returned to Brisbane from Melbourne test positive. Almost 20% of aged care facilities in Victoria Murphy said there are outbreaks in 77 of the 465 residential aged care facilities in Melbourne . He says that given how widespread community

"But it was felt that it was time that we do this for the safety of the residents," she said.

"It highlights the challenges we face in managing this outbreak. So it was staff that came to help in that difficult time 10 days ago and have now unfortunately tested positive."

Federal and state health teams are aiming to move the remaining 30 residents out of the home by the end of today.

There are 103 aged care homes with active outbreaks, which have caused 46 deaths:

  • St Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner: 124 cases (78 residents, 35 staff and 11 other)
  • Epping Gardens Aged Care: 115 cases (76 residents, 22 staff and 17 other)
  • Estia's aged care home at Ardeer: 104 cases (49 residents, 53 staff and 2 other)
  • Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth: 87 cases (44 residents, 34 staff and 9 other)
  • Estia's aged care home in Heidelberg: 82 cases (23 residents, 44 staff and 15 other)
  • Menarock Life's aged care home in Essendon: 63 cases (19 resident cases, 25 staff and 19 other)
  • Glendale Aged Care in Werribee: 58 cases (29 residents, 20 staff and 9 other)
  • Outlook Gardens aged care home in Dandenong North: 55 cases (18 residents, 23 staff, 14 other)
  • BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee: 52 cases (27 residents, 25 staff)
  • Arcare's aged care home in Craigieburn: 45 cases (25 residents, 20 staff)

Professor McMillan said face masks and face shields were now being handed out to every one of the 776 aged care homes in the state.

She said additional training would be provided to ensure the personal protective equipment (PPE) was being properly used.

More to come.

Kerryn Phelps calls for compulsory masks to stop spread of coronavirus in NSW and for closure of air border with Victoria on Q+A .
The former Australian Medical Association president issues a dire warning of a new wave of coronavirus infections and calls for the closure of the air border with Victoria and compulsory wearing of masks.Dr Phelps was appearing on the Q+A panel with fellow medical practitioners including respiratory physician Dr Lucy Morgan, GP Dr Vyom Sharma and clinical nurse Abbey Fistrovic and was initially asked whether she felt their should be criminal charges for people breaking quarantine.

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