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Australia COVID-19 infected doctor visits three Sydney nursing homes

04:10  15 september  2021
04:10  15 september  2021 Source:   smh.com.au

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Three close contacts of the infectious doctor have returned negative results. © Getty Three close contacts of the infectious doctor have returned negative results.

A doctor infected with COVID-19 has visited three aged care facilities in Sydney's west while potentially infectious.

A Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District spokesman said the fully vaccinated doctor attended SummitCare Penrith, Anglicare Newmarch House and Mountainview Penrith.

Newmarch House in Penrith is in lockdown after the doctor, who tested positive on Tuesday, visited three residents at the facility.

A spokesman for Anglicare, which runs the nursing home, said all three close contacts had so far returned negative COVID-19 tests. More test results are expected on Wednesday.

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The nursing home was placed into a precautionary lockdown on Tuesday and residents were confined to their rooms.

The spokesman said everyone at the facility had been swabbed and meetings with health authorities would continue on Wednesday.

He said 95 per cent of staff at the facility had received their first COVID-19 vaccination while 76-per-cent were fully vaccinated. Of the residents, 83 per cent are fully vaccinated.

"Anglicare has determined to take a number of precautionary measures, including thecontinued lockdown of the home until further tests are returned," the spokesman said.

"All 32 residents in the Lawson wing are being tested and will be confined to their rooms untilthose results are back.

"Anglicare has written to all families to explain the situation and is available for any residentsseeking compassionate concessions during the next 24 hours."

Newmarch House was last year hit with a major COVID-19 outbreak with 71 cases in residents and staff and 19 deaths over a two-month period from April 11.

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