COVID outbreaks in Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn Warrigal nursing homes as Omicron spreads among retirement villages ACT | Canberra weather


More and more nursing homes for the elderly in ACT and surrounding areas have experienced outbreaks of COVID-19. Eight residents and five staff at the Warrigal Calwell nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19. The initial outbreak occurred on January 1. Six residents and six staff at Warrigal Stirling have tested positive, with the outbreak first occurring on January 3. There are four residents and four staff at Warrigal Goulburn who have tested for COVID, the first case reported on January 1. There was a first outbreak on January 3 in Warrigal Queanbeyan, with six residents and 13 staff testing positive. Warrigal’s letter said staff were performing rapid antigen testing every other day and visitors could not visit nursing homes except for end-of-life visits. The Canberra Times is aware of 12 nursing homes and retirement villages in the area that have been exposed to COVID-19. Elderly care industry bodies fear residents may be subjected to unnecessarily severe lockdowns following exposures. ACT Health said they were working with nursing homes to implement outbreak management plans, but were not ordering providers to detain residents. READ MORE: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to everyone. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters 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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