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World Newmarch Home in Sydney's west on high alert after COVID-positive doctor's visits

04:00  15 september  2021
04:00  15 september  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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A western Sydney aged care home where 19 residents died from coronavirus in the peak of 2020' s outbreak is back in lockdown after new fears of Covid exposure. Newmarch House in Kingswood near Penrith is on high alert after an infected doctor visited the site on three separate days last week. The aged care operators were advised on Tuesday that the doctor had visited one patient on each evening of September 10, 11 and 13 before returning a positive Covid test.

A fifth resident at Newmarch House in Sydney ' s west who tested positive for COVID -19 has died, aged-care provider Anglicare has confirmed. Key points: Five residents at the Newmarch House have died in less than a week. Gladys Berejiklian said anyone should come forward for testing, regardless of The woman was 96-years-old and had multiple health issues, according to Anglicare. Newmarch House chief executive Grant Millard said he was "thankful" the woman' s son was able to visit her on Thursday night. It' s the latest death of a resident at the aged-care facility in Caddens after a

an aerial view of a city: Last year 19 residents of Newmarch House died during a COVID-19 outbreak, only one was in hospital when they died. (ABC News) © Provided by ABC Health Last year 19 residents of Newmarch House died during a COVID-19 outbreak, only one was in hospital when they died. (ABC News)

The aged care home at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak last year, Newmarch House, is again on edge after a positive case visited the site.

Newmarch House — which is located in Kingswood, in the city's west — is again in lockdown after a doctor who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the facility three times in the past week.

Yesterday afternoon, the doctor was confirmed as having COVID-19.

The home's general manager, Stewart James, addressed a letter to families of residents after the positive case was confirmed.

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People who have tested positive for COVID are being forced to stay inside their homes for weeks longer than the typical 14-day isolation period because of delays in paperwork, according to a member of a NSW public health call centre in a Sydney hotspot. She said she had spoken to multiple people who said that when they contacted the medical team to get their discharge, the phone rang out and voicemails were not replied to. "It' s really unfair and it shouldn't be happening to these people at all," she said. "Some people are getting visits from police and they continue to get visits from police until

On Wednesday afternoon, a COVID -19 case was detected in Sydney ' s eastern suburbs, sparking an urgent investigation as to its source and warnings for a swathe of venues. NSW Health said the case, a man from Bondi in his 60 s , worked as a driver and that international flight crew had been among his A person who lives with the man also received a positive test late on Wednesday evening. Both men visited the Bondi Junction shopping centre in the city’ s east several times in recent days. Queues at a drive-in testing clinics in Bondi Beach stretched on for hundreds of metres this morning after the list of

"We recognise this is a difficult time for everyone involved and we will continue to provide residents and families with updated information as it comes to hand.

Residents may notice an increase in staff at the home which will ensure each resident’s personal and care needs are being met and to minimise disruption."

– Newmarch House general manager Stewart James

A spokesperson for Anglicare, which runs Newmarch House, said the aged care home was placed into precautionary lockdown, with residents isolating in their rooms.

The spokesperson said a meeting was under way between the nursing home and health officials and that all 32 residents in one wing visited by the doctor were tested last night.

Mr James said that, as a precaution, all residents and staff would be tested over the coming week.

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Beaches in eastern Sydney have been shut again, after attracting crowds. The media mogul Kerry Stokes, who is also the chairman of the Australian War Memorial Council, flew to Canberra to participate in the only official Anzac Day ceremony to be held today as thousands of Australians and New Zealanders, including the New Zealand PM, marked the day by lighting a candle in Just dipping back in to let you know that a woman who works at the Catholic Healthcare Bodington aged care home in Wentworth Falls, in the Blue Mountains, has tested positive to Covid -19, according to reports.

The infected doctor visited the facility on three occasions from September 10 to 13 and visited one patient on each day.

Two of the residents who the GP visited had been fully vaccinated while the third person had received one dose of the vaccine.

Results returned for three of the close contacts have been confirmed as negative, with more results due later today.

In August last year, 19 elderly residents from the home died after a COVID-19 outbreak.

That outbreak saw 71 people infected, with 37 residents and 34 staff testing positive for COVID-19.

All but one died at the aged care home.

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