More Infected Cases in Victoria’s Aged Care Facility

More Infected Cases in Victoria's Aged Care Facility

Victoria recorded 11 new cases from 43,874 tests done in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infection from the outbreak to 54. Two elderly care workers and a resident for elderly care tested positive, causing fear that the virus had spread to several elderly people. care facilities.

Another worker and a resident of the Arcare Maidstone care facility in North Melbourne also became infected after a female worker from the facility tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

“Arcare can confirm that unfortunately a member of the second team and one resident in his Maidstone home tested positive for COVID-19,” Colin Singh, the facility’s chief executive, said in a statement on Monday.

‘The resident shows mild symptoms. However, we move them to a hospital where their condition can be closely monitored. The team members also have mild symptoms and recovery at home. ”

The infected resident received one dose of Pfizer and was waiting for their second dose, while the second staff member was not vaccinated because she was on leave on 12 May when staff vaccination took place.

The first staff member, a woman in her 50s, received her first dose of COVID-19 on May 12th. She is currently a “mystery case”, as contact detection did not reveal how she was infected.

Only a third of the 110 staff members have been vaccinated so far, and 53 out of 76 residents have received only one dose of Pfizer.

Labor MP Bill Shorten, whose voters from Maribyrnong cover the facility, called on the public to be vaccinated.

“It is worrying that the staff member who scored positively and one resident, possibly two … (who apparently contracted COVID) were both vaccinated in the first round,” he told ABC on Monday. “The people who are sick have been vaccinated. You need two. One is not enough. ”

In the last 24 hours to midnight, more than 16,000 doses of vaccines were administered to state-owned enterprises.

Meanwhile, another elderly care facility in Melbourne, the BlueCross Western Gardens Sunshine care home in the western suburbs of the city, confirmed that one female worker was infected over the weekend.

It is not yet clear if this worker is one of the two confirmed cases at Arcare Maidstone, ABC report.