Hotel quarantine security guard traced to Melbourne aged care outbreak

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A female security guard working at Rydges on Swanston Hotel has been identified as the first formal link between Victoria’s botched hotel quarantine program and the spread of COVID-19 into aged care.

This came to light after a report tendered to Victoria’s Hotel Quarantine Inquiry from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) genomically linked the infection at Rydges to two separate cases at Embracia’s Reservoir aged care home in Melbourne’s north.

Embracia managing director Sarah McKenzie said: “Our staff member lived with a female security guard who had worked across these quarantine hotels.”

Five residents at Embracia’s Avondale Heights died of COVID, but the outbreak at the Reservoir centre was contained after the facility went into lockdown.

You can’t help but be reminded that it was not too long ago that Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews took aim at the private sector, saying:

“I would not let my mum be in some of these places, I just wouldn’t.”

Who is really to blame?


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