COVID-19 outbreak in Victorian aged care homes ‘de-escalated’ – but case to only be closed after 28 days

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A reminder of how long it can take to declare an outbreak officially over.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has declared that the outbreak at Alpine Health’s Hawthorn Village in Bright – triggered after a resident transferred to hospital in Melbourne tested positive – has been “de-escalated to an active surveillance state”.

Alpine Health CEO, Lyndon Seys said: “All residents, staff and community close contacts have been cleared and are no longer subject to further testing or quarantine. Hawthorn Village is no longer in lockdown and Hawthorn Village residents can return to current restrictions for Aged Care.”

However, the DHHS has stated the outbreak will be considered closed 28 days after the last confirmed case was present, all required test results return a negative result, and no further cases have occurred.

Embracia Aged Care’s Reservoir aged care home – where a staff member tested positive two weeks ago – is also under similar surveillance and restrictions despite further testing of residents and staff not revealing any new cases.

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