COVID-19 spreads in Canberra Goodwin Retirement Living, Kangara Waters centers in Belconnen; residents infected in Warrigal Calwell | Canberra weather

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Two new nursing homes have been exposed to COVID-19 amid fears of an outbreak of elderly care in Canberra. Kangara Waters Retirement Village in Belconnen and Warrigal Calwell in Tuggeranong have both been exposed to COVID-19. A resident of Warrigal Calwell in Tuggeranong has also tested positive. The new cases follow confirmed cases among several residents and staff at ACT’s Goodwin Retreat Centers. Warrigal Calwell confirmed that two residents and one staff member tested positive. “Anyone who has tested positive is fully vaccinated and isolated. They are closely monitored several times a day to ensure their health does not change,” said spokesperson Sarah Galvin. “Special Outbreak Meetings have been held with representatives of ACT Health and the respective public health department, to ensure that all Outbreak Precautions are implemented appropriately and in accordance with strict health practices. infection control. ”Warrigal’s regimen of daily rapid tests and regular PCR tests have been very helpful in monitoring everyone’s condition. READ ALSO: Letter from Nia Briguglio to families of residents of Kangara Waters was sent on December 29. She said an employee had tested positive for the virus. rooms where possible, and all residents are monitored regularly for symptoms, including frequent checks of temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels, ”Ms. Briguglio said. The Wattle, Grevillea and Bottlebrush areas of the center have been closed to visitors. We may be able to arrange compassionate visits with ACT Health in limited circumstances, such as at the end of life. Residents of these areas cannot leave the center for any reason other than for medical care, ”the letter said. “All other residents can receive one visitor per day. All visitors must be over 12 years old. They will need to wear additional PPE, including P2 / N95 masks and goggles, and perform a rapid antigen test. In a letter to residents, executive director Erik Boddeus said a number of staff and contract workers tested positive at Goodwin House and Goodwin Living in Ainslie, David Harper House and Ralph Cartwright Center in Monash. Goodwin House staff member had tested positive. In addition, Mr Boddeus confirmed that a resident of Goodwin Village Ainslie and two residents of Goodwin Village Monash were also diagnosed with the virus. Residents are recovering at home with the support of staff, family and ACT Santé “[Staff members were] asymptomatic on their way to work and were tested and quarantined as soon as they developed symptoms, “he said.” Upon learning this information, Goodwin immediately implemented his plan to management of the COVID-19 outbreak, which we have continuously tested and reviewed since. “Goodwin works closely with ACT Health and the Commonwealth and responds in accordance with their advice. We understand how distressing this is for residents, families and friends. The safety and well-being of our residents is our priority. absolute, and we work tirelessly to protect the Goodwin family. ” More soon. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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