No further COVID-19 cases confirmed at Melbourne and Bacchus Marsh aged care homes

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The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) tells us that as of Friday, no more cases of coronavirus have been identified in the state’s aged care homes.

As we reported on Thursday, single staff members had tested positive for the virus at two aged care homes: Doutta Galla’s Footscray home and Grant Lodge, a community-run service in Bacchus Marsh outside of Melbourne. Staff and residents at both sites were being tested.

A DHHS spokesperson tells us there are strict procedures wherever someone tests positive to coronavirus, including identifying all close contacts.

“Aged care facilities have strong infection control procedures in place as a result of the work they do,” they said.

“Their work in this area plays a key role in keeping the community safe, minimising the risk of infection spreading and ensuring we are best placed to deal with any growth in transmission.”