Melbourne COVID-19 case: Worker at Arcare Maidstone aged care facility tests positive to coronavirus | 7NEWS.com.au

by health and nutrition advice journalist

An aged care home in Melbourne’s west is in lockdown after a worker tested positive for COVID-19.

The team member worked a shift at Arcare Maidstone on Thursday while masked and asymptomatic.

Arcare CEO Colin Singh said in a letter to relatives of residents that the facility was now in lockdown.

“We are currently undertaking contact tracing whilst working closely with both Commonwealth and state agencies and outreach services to support our clients and team members,” he said.

Singh confirmed the worker has had their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, as had “a significant number” of residents.

“At this time, there are no other cases of COVID-19 in any of our other residences and we have actively limited the movement of team members between residences and visitation since the Stage 3 lockdown came into effect,” Singh said.

He said the facility had sufficient PPE and had infection control practices in place to “manage this outbreak effectively”.

Victoria reported five new coronavirus cases on Sunday morning.

There are more than 170 locations listed on the Department of Health’s website as exposure sites.

Chadstone Shopping Centre was added to that list on Saturday night, forcing thousands of shoppers into an urgent isolation.

“Finding the primary close contacts and getting them tested and identifying their contacts and getting them tested and going to the next ring has been fantastic,” Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said earlier in the week.

“But there has been a lot of chasing to be done because we have had those individuals out in the community for some days in the past, so there are potential exposures there that relate to some days ago.”

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