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Aged care worker one of two new Qld COVID-19 cases linked to cluster

“A resident and a small number of staff who had contact with the affected staff member have been advised by Carinity and Queensland Health and are self-isolating as a precaution,” Carinity said.

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“Testing of residents and staff commenced overnight and will continue today [Thursday].

“Carinity’s number one priority is providing a safe home for our residents and a safe workplace for our team.

“Staff have been adhering to strict hygiene protocols and social-distancing measures since March and have been well trained in the use of PPE [personal protective equipment], which they have been using in accordance with state health directives.”

Carinity said it was working closely with Queensland Health and the federal Department of Health to prevent the spread of infection within the facility.

“We are also providing regular updates to residents, their families and our staff and will do so until we have confirmation that Karinya Place is clear of the virus,” it said.

Queensland’s two new coronavirus cases are believed to be connected to the existing cluster originating from the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and Corrective Services Academy, according to Deputy Premier Steven Miles.

Mr Miles said Karinya Place had “done everything that has been asked of them” and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young praised the response of the aged care home management.

“Fortunately that staff member did not work while symptomatic, they got themselves tested and so forth,” she said.

“That’s a very good facility, they had their COVID-safe plan, they put it into place, so they are working through that at the moment.

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“They have a little bit of spare capacity so they believe they can make sure every resident has their own bathroom, so that’s all being sorted through at the moment.

“The staff member worked in a staff area, didn’t have direct contact with any of the residents, so the staff members they had contact with will all need to go into quarantine, but they were all wearing PPE [personal protective equipment].”

Mr Miles said 14,273 tests were done across the state on Wednesday, which is “promising and can give us confidence”.

He said almost two weeks since the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre and Corrective Services Academy cases were discovered, there had only been “small numbers of cases amongst those who have had contact with other confirmed cases”.

Queensland has 30 active cases and the total number of virus patients since the pandemic reached the state has risen to 1128.

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