It is with sadness we report that five people have died in a 24-hour period as a result of COVID-19 at Newmarch House in Sydney’s western suburbs.
Yesterday’s deaths mean 11 people have now passed away at the aged care facility since 11 April, when the virus was first detected at Newmarch House.
The outbreak was started by a member of staff who unknowingly came to work while infected.
Now a total of 54 residents and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility, which is located in the Sydney suburb of Penrith.
In a statement on its website, Anglicare Sydney said it was “deeply saddened” by the news.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to these families for the losses they are experiencing,” the statement said.
“This is a tragic time not only for the families who have lost their loved ones but for other residents and families.
“It is also taking a deep toll on our staff who cared for and knew these residents and families so well.”
Anglicare said it will be “some weeks” before Newmarch House is clear of the virus.
Anglicare is receiving support from NSW Health, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Area Health Network, an Infectious Diseases Specialist and the Commonwealth Government.
There have been 6,738 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, of which 88 have died.
New South Wales is the worst-hit state, with a total of 3,016 coronavirus infections, including 41 tragic deaths.
Information about COVID-19 for aged care providers is available on the Department of Health website.
If you are concerned about COVID-19, you can contact the National Coronavirus Helpline for information and advice on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tragically, since the time of publishing, Newmarch has revealed another resident has passed away bringing the total deaths at the home to 12. New South Wales Labor leader, Jodi McKay, said residents with COVID-19 are not being given the option to go to hospital. Anglicare CEO Grant Millard says more deaths are expected.
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