Three more Newmarch House staff test positive to coronavirus as cluster grows

5/05/2020 2:05:00 AM

An additional three Newmarch House staff members have caught the coronavirus.

At least three additional workers at the coronavirus-hit Newmarch House nursing home in western Sydney have been confirmed to have COVID-19.

An additional three Newmarch House staff members have caught the coronavirus.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter At least three additional workers at the coronavirus-hit Newmarch House nursing home in western Sydney have been confirmed to have COVID-19.WhatsApp Health authorities in NSW have confirmed four new coronavirus infections, bringing the state's total to 3,036.Play video More staff and residents have tested positive for the virus over the past week, taking the total number to 26 staff members and 37 residents, fuelling anxiety and concern among relatives of the residents.Play video "They've had to have, I think, nine separate agencies providing health staff and staff generally into the facility and that presents its own challenges.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said on Tuesday two new aged care workers had at 8pm on Monday been diagnosed with COVID-19, while Newmarch House operators Anglicare on Tuesday morning confirmed another case.The latter worker had operated solely in the facility's coronavirus-positive ward.Fifteen people have died at the Caddens nursing home where a staff member worked six shifts last month despite displaying mild coronavirus symptoms.READ MORE A male resident at Newmarch House aged care died on Monday, meanwhile, taking the Caddens facility's toll to 15 and the NSW death toll to 45.Liz Lane wants her 84-year-old mother Rose Davies, who she said has "aggressive dementia", relocated from the Lawson wing of Newmarch House where many of the infected residents are located.Some 37 of the 100-odd Newmarch House residents have tested positive to the virus."It is our understanding that this staff member was asymptomatic … they are now self-isolating," Anglicare said in a statement."Two new cases were from staff members at Newmarch House and detected as part of the screening process that has been put in place," Dr Chant told reporters on Tuesday.She also insisted that residents who are COVID-19 free have the option to leave the facility but it had to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Anyone with respiratory symptoms should seek COVID-19 testing, she said.Another one of NSW's four new coronavirus cases was a healthcare worker in the Nepean-Blue Mountains district, who did not work while infectious."To me it’s simple.Three new cases were recorded on Tuesday in NSW - the two Newmarch House workers and a health worker in western Sydney who did not work while infectious.Federal Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck on Monday said discussions were under way with some Newmarch House residents' family members to remove them from the facility.The latest figures come as the NSW Government said it was partnering with local universities and manufacturers to produce ventilators.He said it could be eight weeks before the facility is coronavirus-free.Anglicare declined to comment.READ MORE Newmarch nursing home confirms another coronavirus death as national toll rises to 96 Meanwhile, the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Ruby Princess cruise ship will begin its third round on Tuesday to help uncover the missteps of the ill-fated ship that has been linked to more than 20 coronavirus deaths and 600 infections across Australia.More to come.

The first two sittings included witness testimonies from the cruise ship's doctor Ilse Von Watzdorf and the hotel manager on board, Charles Verwall.The hearings will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with five new witnesses expected on Tuesday."This includes moving residents without the virus away from harm, and ensuring those who have contracted COVID-19 are getting the best, most appropriate care.A seven-year-old schoolboy from Warragamba Public School in western Sydney was the sole new case of COVID-19 reported in NSW on Monday.The school is now closed for intensive cleaning.NSW has recorded 3035 COVID-19 cases, with 13 in intensive care.It is not a matter for the minister," Mr Hazzard said.

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I understand these people were probably infected at least 2 weeks ago but at least 1 staff member if not more have not been following the measures put in place to keep the virus out of the nursing home. I would like to use harsher words, but it is absolutely irresponsible.

Newmarch House coronavirus cluster grows after three more staff test positive - ABC NewsHealth authorities in NSW have confirmed four new coronavirus infections, bringing the state's total to 3,036. Three of them are staff members at Newmarch House — the Western Sydney aged care home at the centre of an outbreak. Shut it down and get everyone out of there now. FFS Why hasn't the Fed&State Govts not done anything to look into this? Where is tha Royal Com? Why wasn’t this place closed down and the people within moved to intensive care facilities or hospitalised the CMO & the PM are awfully quiet on this tragedy

NSW Health investigating possible multiple infection sources at Newmarch HouseNSW Health authorities are investigating whether multiple sources of infection caused the devastating outbreak of COVID-19 at the Anglicare Newmarch aged care facility Nursing homes and cruise ships are death traps It’s sad when management are slack and in this case big time

Staff to be tested daily as Newmarch House death toll rises to 14NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced that staff at Newmarch House will soon be tested daily in an attempt to manage the outbreak at the nursing home Isn't that what should be happening in all nursing homes and hospitals every day? And can it be done with all staff in schools too? With the test that gives quick results, not the two-day one? What they should be doing is evacuating that place !!! Its a death trap ! Close it down and get everyone out. It’s a death sentence to anyone in there.

Newmarch House relative speaks out over lack of communication with families of residents - ABC NewsElizabeth Lane says her mother, a Newmarch House resident, is a 'sitting duck' as the new COVID-19 cases continue to rise at the Western Sydney aged care home. CovidWa “To put this another way, of those 104 subjects who took 2,000 IU of vitamin D every day, only one got a cold or influenza in the entire year.“ Should the accompanying photo be one of Newmarch House this graphically shows the state of despair and isolation the residents must experience. The only folk who profit from aged care in Australia are the owners, usually doctors. What a thoroughly disgusting industry.

Infection control breaches investigated as 14th resident dies at Sydney's Newmarch HouseAustralia has now recorded 94 COVID-19 deaths, after a 14th Newmarch resident died in New South Wales. This is a disaster The CEO of Anglicare needs to be replaced, infection control specialists went into the facility on 1/5 and residents are only being taken to hospital from 2/5 . What a criminal disaster . All should be charged with murder the lot of you ...know the place is infected and keeps all the old in there rooms ..unprofessional and incompetence the lot of you ..Sue the so call Nursing home and it's so call church...just wrong ..State and Federal Government

Fourteenth resident dies in coronavirus outbreak at Sydney's Newmarch House aged care home - ABC NewsAnother coronavirus death is confirmed at the Western Sydney aged care home, bringing the toll to 14. I still dont understand how a worker with mild sympt's wasnt picked up by any of her other workers or bosses. Didnt any1 notice she had a slight sickness This should never have got 2 this stage. Feel so sorry 4 all the families of the ppl who have passed & the others in the home Move everybody out to cleared facilities, so they can live. Investigate all Staff for misdemeanours. Fumigate the facility, to the max. Not enough has been done by scottmorrison 's government to protect the vulnerable residents at NewmarchHouse.