Newmarch House residents cleared of COVID-19

Newmarch House residents cleared of COVID-19

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Operator Anglicare 'relieved' but remaining vigilant.

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Newmarch House - the western Sydney aged care home at the centre of one of Australia's worst COVID-19 clusters - has cleared all residents who tested positive for the virus.

Anglicare Sydney, which runs the home, said on Sunday the result was "an enormous relief to all our families and residents".

Nineteen residents died, and 37 residents and 34 staff tested positive for the virus at the nursing home. The outbreak began in April after a member of staff worked six shifts with mild COVID-19 symptoms.

In a statement, Anglicare said while the result was a relief, there was still more work to do "We remain vigilant to ensure we maintain strict infection control protocols for all our residents at Newmarch House until the site itself is declared COVID-19 free by NSW Health."

Anglicare said it was grateful to the agencies who made this happen "including supports provided by the Commonwealth Government, NSW Health, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and those agencies which provided us with much needed staff when our own staff were self-isolating".

"We acknowledge our staff, those from Newmarch House as well as those from other services in Anglicare who have joined our surge team. Their dedication, sacrifice, inspirational care and support have made this day possible.

"Our paramount consideration is the safety of our residents, their families and our staff at Newmarch House."

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