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Twelve aged care residents hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19

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The 9News website is reporting that 12 residents of an aged care home in Sydney’s inner-west have been taken to hospital after testing positive to COVID-19.

A female worker at Summer Hill’s Wyoming Nursing Home (also known as Hardi Summer Hill), tested positive to the virus on July 27.

The staff member had received her first vaccination prior to being infected, and is believed to have contracted the virus in the community.

It is believed she was asymptomatic while at work.

9News says since being made aware of their employee’s positive test result, Wyoming Nursing Home has been working with the Federal Department of Health, NSW Health and Sydney Local Health District to ensure all staff and residents of the facility are COVID-19 tested and contact traced.

“All close and casual contacts have been identified,” a Wyoming Nursing Home statement said.

“All staff who are close or casual contacts have been tested and have been instructed to isolate. Residents have been tested daily,”

“[The 12 residents] have been transferred to hospital as a precaution and the staff member, as well as her close contacts, are now in isolation.”

The statement said 80 per cent of the 65 residents were fully vaccinated.

“More than 75 per cent of the 60 staff are fully vaccinated with 80 per cent having received at least their first dose,” it said.

“Testing of residents and staff will continue daily and the facility has undergone deep cleaning while being in full lockdown with all residents in isolation.

“Expert infection prevention and control staff, infectious diseases staff as well as clinical staff are on site to ensure adherence to strict infection control processes including correct personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of residents and staff.”

The statement said the facility was in regular communication with “residents and their families, assuring them that everything is being done to ensure their safety and wellbeing”.

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