More Staff Have Virus at Sydney Aged Home

May 1, 2020 Updated: May 1, 2020

Another two staff members at Sydney’s Newmarch House nursing home have tested positive for the CCP virus following the deaths of 13 residents.

Anglicare Sydney confirmed the positive tests despite what it called “strict procedures and enforced infection control practices.”

More than 60 people—24 staff and 37 residents—at the nursing home near Penrith have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak on April 11.

“We are investigating further as to how this occurred and we continue to work closely with the NSW Public Health Unit on this,” Anglicare Sydney said in a statement on May 2.

“Additional positive cases associated with Newmarch House are very distressing for our staff, our residents, and their families.”

The news of two more cases being confirmed in tests on May 1 comes after three residents tested positive on April 30.

Federal Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said residents were receiving the best possible care supported by the local public health unit.

Newmarch House has been criticised by residents’ relatives for a lack of communication.

In an attempt to improve communications, the nursing home has started window visits.

“We are further improving our pastoral care for residents and their families by offering access to Anglicare Sydney’s counselling and chaplaincy services as well as continuing the successful window visits between residents and families,” Anglicare Sydney said in the statement.

“Additionally, Anglicare Sydney was relieved to hear that the outbreak of COVID-19 at Dorothy Henderson Lodge has now been dealt with.

“This gives us great hope that we will overcome this devastating virus at Newmarch House.”