COVID outbreaks in retirement homes in Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn Warrigal as Omicron spreads across ACT retirement villages | The Canberra Times

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More aged care facilities in the ACT and surrounding regions have had COVID-19 outbreaks. Eight residents and five employees of the Warrigal Calwell retirement home have tested positive for COVID-19. The first outbreak occurred on January 1. Six residents and six Warrigal Stirling employees have tested positive, with the outbreak first occurring on January 3. There are four residents and four Warrigal Goulburn employees who have tested for COVID, the first case being reported on Jan. 1. There was an initial outbreak on January 3 in Warrigal Queanbeyan, with six residents and 13 staff members testing positive. Warrigal’s letter stated that staff were conducting rapid antigen tests every two days and that visitors cannot enter the retirement homes except for end-of-life visits. The Canberra Times is aware of 12 retirement homes and retirement homes in the region that have been exposed to COVID-19. Elderly care organizations are concerned that residents will be subjected to unnecessarily strict lockdown measures after exposure. ACT Health said they are working with retirement homes to implement outbreak management plans, but are not directing suppliers to lock up residents. READ MORE: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to all. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, register here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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