Weak COVID positive case discovered in Melbourne aged care home is timely reminder about virus risks

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A male resident at the Twin Parks Aged Care home, in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir, returned a weak positive COVID-19 test last week, six months after he last had the virus.

Victoria’s Department of Health were notified of the weak positive result and the man was tested again, returning an indeterminate result.

He had already returned two negative results prior to the weak positive.

“The result is thought to represent persistent shedding from a previous infection,” a department statement read.

All staff and residents were immediately tested for COVID-19 but there were no other positive test results reported.

The case is a timely reminder that caution still needs to be taken in aged care homes while the pandemic is still active.

Australian aged care homes have started receiving COVID-19 vaccines from this week with the government setting the ambitious goal of having 125,000 people vaccinated by early April.

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