Residents at The Palms elderly care facility in Sydney’s southern suburb of Kirrawee are in isolation and visitors are banned after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last night.
A spokesperson for The Palms, Mathew Hafford, said all residents were vaccinated and swabbed on Wednesday morning.
This evening, half have received their results, all negative so far. A statement on The Palms website said on advice from NSW Health, no visitors or non-essential staff are allowed in until further notice.
“Our nurses will have the recommended personal protective equipment to enable them to take care of our residents while preventing any spread of infection,” the statement said.
All residents are treated as close contacts of the positive staff member “out of caution” as the situation is assessed, the statement said.
“Staff will implement strict infection control measures and carefully monitor residents for any symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.”
Mr Hafford said about 80 to 85 percent of the facility’s staff had been vaccinated, but could not comment on the infected worker ‘s immunization status.