Another aged care worker tests positive for COVID-19 at Melbourne aged home – at least 12 homes now in lockdown

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Yet another confirmed case in a Victorian aged care home.

Family-run operator Embracia Aged Care has closed its Moonee Valley home in Avondale Heights, 11km northwest of the Melbourne CBD, after a staff member tested positive late on Thursday after last working at the home on Sunday 5 July.

Managing Director Sarah MacKenzie thanked the staff member for seeing their GP as soon as they developed signs and symptoms as well as staying away from the home.

“Once they returned a positive test, they informed us immediately enabling us to take prompt action,” she said.

“We have not had any other residents or staff show any other signs or symptoms of COVID-19.”

As we reported here, Embracia’s home in Reservoir, 12km north of the CBD, was already locked down in June after a staff member there was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The case brings the total number of known outbreaks in Melbourne aged care homes in the past three days to 12.

Under Victorian and national guidelines, the definition of a coronavirus outbreak in residential care is now a single confirmed case after both were updated last month.

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