Two residents at an aged care centre in the Illawarra have tested positive for COVID-19.

Key points:

  • Two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at an IRT facility in the Illawarra. 
  • They both have mild symptoms and are fully vaccinated. 
  • All other residents at the centre are well

Twenty-six staff have been forced into isolation, after the two residents at the IRT’s Tarrawanna Aged Care Centre contracted the virus.

In a statement, IRT chief executive Patrick Reid says both residents are fully vaccinated and have mild symptoms.

“Of the 96 residents living at IRT Tarrawanna, 87.5 per cent are fully vaccinated and 95 per cent have had their first dose.

“The majority of staff are fully vaccinated with a small number awaiting their second vaccination,” he said.

‘Prepared for some time’

Mr Reid said the facility had taken swift action once the residents were diagnosed with virus.

“We have implemented our outbreak management plan and our first 24 hours protocol including staff and resident isolation and infection control measures.

“We have engaged with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Public Health Unit and Commonwealth to assist with managing the site and are meeting as a group daily,” Mr Reid said.

Precautionary tests 

All staff and residents at the centre are being tested as a precaution.

“Our focus is on minimising the risk to other residents and staff,” Mr Reid said.

“All staff are also being tested and results returned so far are negative,” he said.

Mr Reid said staff were making regular phone calls to families to ensure they were kept informed.

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Aged care residents test positive for COVID-19 at Illawarra site
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