Confirmed COVID-19 cases at Anglicare’s Newmarch House climb to 15 – as police clear first infected staff member of any wrongdoing

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Another five residents at the home in Kingswood in Western Sydney have now tested positive for the virus – bringing its total number of infections to nine residents and six staff – as police clear the aged care worker at the centre of the outbreak of any wrongdoing.

The staff member worked a number of shifts at the home – plus two shifts at the Greystanes Disability Services in Leura – before testing positive after coming into contact with someone who was not from the home, who has also tested positive.

Police had investigated whether the woman had breached the Public Health Act, but found she was asymptomatic at work.

“No further police action is expected to be required,” police said in a statement.

NSW Health reports that all residents and staff have been tested, with results pending, and the confirmed cases currently have mild, or no symptoms.

The NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant (Pictured) says that NSW Health is applying learnings from the outbreak at BaptistCare’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge – where six residents passed away from the virus – to the home with “strident procedures” to tackle the outbreak.

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