Covid outbreak in Sydney nursing home as cleaner and four elderly residents test positive
- Five Covid cases are linked to Uniting Edinglasie Lodge, in Penrith
- A cleaner at the facility tested positive before four residents contracted the virus
- Residents transferred to hospital – outbreak control plan in use
- Most of the facility’s residents and employees have been vaccinated
A Covid outbreak has emerged at a nursing home in western Sydney as a cleaner and four elderly residents test positive.
A cleaner is said to have contracted the virus and brought it to Uniting Edinglassie Lodge in Penrith.
Four residents contracted the disease and were all taken to hospital for treatment.
The aged care facility has prepared its outbreak management plan and families have been informed of the situation.
In a statement, Uniting said that “90 percent of residents and employees in the home have now received COVID-19 vaccinations.”
NSW recorded 1,218 locally acquired Covid cases and six deaths on Sunday, the highest daily number during the pandemic.
The NSW government is committed to restoring the personal freedoms of fully vaccinated residents once the state achieves 70 percent double dose coverage — regardless of the number of cases.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian says the state could achieve 70 percent single-dose vaccination coverage within days and a double-dose — expected around mid-October — will restore some freedoms to fully vaccinated people.
“We will keep our word,” Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday.
“Whatever the case numbers do – we want to see them drop, of course – a double dose of 70 percent in NSW means freedom for those who have been (fully) vaccinated.”
NSW also reported six deaths on Sunday in three people in their 80s and three in their 70s, none of whom had been fully vaccinated, bringing the death toll for the current outbreak to 89.
As of Saturday, 66 percent of eligible NSW residents had received at least one vaccine dose and 35.9 percent had been fully vaccinated.
The government, which had reached a target of six million jab, last week announced a ‘treat’ for fully vaccinated residents of NSW, allowing them to hold small picnics outside.
NSW Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell is confident that with rising vaccination rates, students will be able to begin staggered returns to school from October 25, so that all students can be back by November.8.
“Obviously, if we have hotspots that still have high caseloads, then we need to look at what we’re doing in those communities,” she told Nine Network on Monday.
“But it’s just too early to tell.”
However, there is hope for an earlier return to school in the regions if a lockdown is lifted earlier, she said.
A survey of 50,000 public school teachers found that about 70 percent had one vaccination and 40 percent had been double vaccinated.
“So that’s really encouraging,” said Mrs. Mitchell.
Meanwhile, there is a COVID-19 warning for Quality Medical Center in Merrylands in Sydney’s west, from Monday to Saturday at various times.
NSW Health says anyone who attended the times listed on the department’s website is in close contact and should be tested and isolated for 14 days regardless of the outcome.
Fragments of the virus have been found in sewage treatment plants in Trangie, Byron Bay, Temora, Cooma and Tamworth, alarming authorities as there are no known cases in these areas.
25 new cases were reported in the western NSW health district on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the region in the current outbreak to 510.
Two more cases were also registered in the Far West Health District in Wilcannia, a small town where more than 10 percent of the predominantly indigenous population has now tested positive.
Elsewhere, authorities have confirmed that a COVID-19 outbreak at Parklea Prison in Sydney’s northwest has reached 31 cases. This includes at least 12 new COVID-19 infections.
Cases have also been discovered at Silverwater Prison.