Two staff members at brand new aged care facility test positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 CONFIRMED: Two staff at the brand new Corymbia aged care center in Belrose have tested positive for COVID-19. Photo: Geoff Jones
COVID-19 CONFIRMED: Two staff at the brand new Corymbia aged care center in Belrose have tested positive for COVID-19. Photo: Geoff Jones

Two aged care workers at a brand new facility on the northern beaches have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a press conference this morning, Gladys Berejiklian announced two staff members at an aged care facility in Belrose tested positive for COVID-19. The two cases were members of staff at Corymbia, a new aged care facility operated by aged-care giant Japara.

The $26.5 million center opened its doors in May this year, with the first residents moving in just last month.

"There has been exhaustive testing across residents and staff and there have been no additional cases since the two staff tested positive last week after community transmission," a spokesperson for Japara told the Northern Beaches Review.

"All staff have been wearing appropriate PPE and adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. We are staying in close contact with residents' families to ensure they are fully briefed on the situation and providing ongoing support for residents and our staff."

We are staying in close contact with residents' families to ensure they are fully briefed on the situation.

Japara spokesperson

Both staff who tested positive were unvaccinated. This comes as northern beaches aged-care workers express concern about the slow vaccine roll out.

Uniting Care told the Northern Beaches Review the two staff had no connection to their Belrose centre. All residents and 62 per cent of staff at Uniting Wesley Gardens Belrose have been fully vaccinated.

"We are well on track to achieving the target of having all our staff vaccinated by the mid-September deadline," a Uniting NSW/ACT spokesperson said.

The Corymbia workers were among the 124 new COVID-19 cases announced in NSW this morning. Yesterday, NSW had a record day for testing, with over 85,000 people getting tested across the state.

A number of Belrose shops have been also been listed as potential COVID-19 exposure sites. Anyone who visited Ajmer's Indian Restaurant or a number of cafes in Glenrose Village must self isolate and get tested immediately.

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