A COVID-19 outbreak at a Sydney aged care facility has grown to 20 cases, while an infected nurse at the centre also worked at multiple nursing homes.

Key points:

  • Wyoming Aged Care facility has vaccinated 50 of its 61 residents
  • Almost half of the residents have been moved to a hospital
  • Two staff members are among those infected with the virus

NSW Health confirmed that 18 residents and two staff members at Wyoming Nursing Home in Summer Hill have now tested positive. 

Chief health officer Kerry Chant said the positive patients had been taken to hospital and the remainder of residents on the top floor of the facility were being sent to hospital as a precaution.

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Residents were moved from the site to hospital.(

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Inside the home, run by Hardi Aged Care, 32 of the centre’s 61 residents will be in hospital by the end of the day. 

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the greater number of infections were the result of a Christmas in July “superspreading event” in the facility.

“Sometimes it is not a good idea to have a Christmas in July right in the middle of a pandemic but I do understand that it is an effort to try and provide entertainment and to support to residents and those things have to be decided by the aged care facilities.”

However, a spokesperson for Hardi Aged Care said the event was actually the nursing home’s monthly lunch which had a Christmas theme.

“The NSW government said today that a Christmas in July function was held in our home and that may have caused the positive cases. To clarify, a normal lunch was held for our residents but with Christmas decorations and some carols played to them on our speaker,” the spokesperson said.

Dr Chant said a “large number” of other facilities, including St Hedwig Retirement Village at Blacktown, had been affected after a Wyoming nurse worked across aged care centres.

She said authorities were working with the Commonwealth to ensure that staff stopped moving across multiple facilities. 

“We are working with the Commonwealth to ensure that that procedure … where staff do not move across multiple facilities, is firmly in place,” Dr Chant said. 

Health authorities said the outbreak again highlighted the importance of vaccination in aged care facilities. 

Mr Hazzard said of the centre’s 61 residents, 50 had been vaccinated, while 10 had declined for various reasons including medical issues.

“It is a strong message though to everybody that you should get vaccinated because out of those 10, who for various reasons refuse to be vaccinated, seven are positive,” he said. 

Three-quarters of the facility’s staff had been vaccinated and the federal government is returning to affected facilities to offer vaccines to residents who declined at first. 

A spokesperson for Hardi Aged Care said they were in regular contact with the families of residents.

“We are in regular communication with our residents and their families, assuring them that everything is being done to ensure their safety and well being,” the spokesperson said.

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Minister calls Christmas in July lunch at Sydney nursing home a ‘superspreading event’ after 20 COVID cases
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