Eight residents test positive in one Canberra aged care home

By Lanie Tindale

More aged care homes in the ACT and surrounding regions have had COVID-19 outbreaks.

Eight residents and five staff members at the Warrigal Calwell aged care home have tested positive for COVID-19. The initial outbreak occurred on January 1.

Six residents and six staff members at Warrigal Stirling have tested positive, with the outbreak first occurring on January 3.

There are four residents and four staff members at Warrigal Goulburn who have tested for COVID, the first case was reported on January 1.

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There was an initial outbreak on January 3 at Warrigal Queanbeyan, with six residents and 13 staff members testing positive.

The letter from Warrigal said staff were undertaking rapid antigen tests every two days, and visitors are unable to visit the aged care homes except for end of life visits.

The Canberra Times is aware of 12 aged care homes and retirement villages in the region that have been exposed to COVID-19.

Aged care industry bodies are concerned residents are being put under unnecessarily severe lockdown measures following exposures.

ACT Health said they work with aged care homes to implement outbreak management plans, but do not order providers to put residents under lockdown.

Canberra and surrounds aged care homes with confirmed exposures to COVID-19

  • Warrigal Goulburn
  • Warrigal Stirling
  • Warrigal Queanbeyan
  • Fred Ward Gardens in Curtin
  • Greenway Views in Tuggeranong
  • Baptist Care in Griffith
  • Villaggio in Page
  • Kangara Waters Retirement Village in Belconnen
  • Warrigal Calwell
  • Goodwin House and Goodwin Living in Ainslie
  • David Harper House
  • Ralph Cartwright Centre in Monash
Warrigal Calwell has had an outbreak. Picture: Supplied

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