The aged care home at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak last year, Newmarch House, is again on edge after a positive case visited the site.

Key points:

  • Last year the aged care home saw 19 residents die with COVID-19
  • The infected doctor visited the facility over three days
  • Swabs of 32 residents were taken, as three close contacts returned negative result 

Newmarch House — which is located in Kingswood, in the city’s west — is again in lockdown after a doctor who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the facility three times in the past week.

Yesterday afternoon, the doctor was confirmed as having COVID-19.

The home’s general manager, Stewart James, addressed a letter to families of residents after the positive case was confirmed.

“We recognise this is a difficult time for everyone involved and we will continue to provide residents and families with updated information as it comes to hand.

Residents may notice an increase in staff at the home which will ensure each resident’s personal and care needs are being met and to minimise disruption.”

– Newmarch House general manager Stewart James

A spokesperson for Anglicare, which runs Newmarch House, said the aged care home was placed into precautionary lockdown, with residents isolating in their rooms.

The spokesperson said a meeting was under way between the nursing home and health officials and that all 32 residents in one wing visited by the doctor were tested last night. 

Mr James said that, as a precaution, all residents and staff would be tested over the coming week.

The infected doctor visited the facility on three occasions from September 10 to 13 and visited one patient on each day. 

Two of the residents who the GP visited had been fully vaccinated while the third person had received one dose of the vaccine.

Results returned for three of the close contacts have been confirmed as negative, with more results due later today.

In August last year, 19 elderly residents from the home died after a COVID-19 outbreak.

That outbreak saw 71 people infected, with 37 residents and 34 staff testing positive for COVID-19.

All but one died at the aged care home.

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