Tasmanian elderly care facility in blockade after COVID-19 case identified | The examiner

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A geriatric care facility in Hobart has been closed after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. The worker was on shift at St Ann’s geriatric care facility on Davey Street on Christmas Day and was tested for the virus on December 27. The test gave a positive result the following day. Public Health Director Mark Veitch said improved infection prevention and control measures had been implemented at the facility and that residents and workers were being tested as a priority. He said contact contact continued and residents’ family members were contacted to inform them of the situation. “Nursing care facilities have prepared for COVID-19 cases and have systems in place to deal with situations like this in collaboration with other agencies,” said Dr. Veitch. “Anyone who was at St Ann’s geriatric care facility in Davey Street, Hobart, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Christmas Day, should monitor themselves for symptoms and be tested immediately if anyone develops, no matter how mild they may be.” He said the operator of the facility had informed the public health services that the staff were wearing masks under their guards.

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