10:52am Aug 28, 2020
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd has praised the swift response of a NSW aged care home after a positive case at a nearby sporting venue.
The Hawkesbury Living aged care home in Richmond, north west of Sydney, went into voluntary lockdown yesterday after a confirmed COVID-19 case visited nearby netball courts in Windsor.
"I think it's wonderful to see a local residential aged care facility acting very swiftly to put in place its COVID-19 plan to ensure that the residents and the staff of that facility are going to be protected and safe if there is an outbreak in that local area," Professor Kidd told Today.
Aged care homes need speedy COVID-19 response plans for when an outbreak starts, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd said.
He said such action was needed across the country to protect aged care residents and workers.
But Professor Kidd warned emerging clusters in south east Queensland and NSW - including at two schools in Sydney forced to close today - remained a concern.
"Where we are most concerned is where we are most concerned is where we don't have an immediate obvious link between one of the existing cases and one of the new cases which occurs because that means that there may be further community transmission occurring undetected out in the wider community."
Professor Kidd also said the number of deaths from the pandemic in Victoria should fall over coming days.He stressed the high number of fatalities this week was the result of large case numbers over previous weeks - which peaked at several hundred per day.
"Hopefully that number of deaths is going to fall over the coming few days as well and hopefully we will also continue to see the daily number of cases fall as a consequence of this stage four restrictions."
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