Coronavirus Australia live news: Sydney Northern Beaches cluster grows, Queensland records one new case

All aged care facilities in Collaroy and north of Collaroy should exclude all visitors

Here’s what Minister Hunt had to say on the matter:

“With our support and as a joint action, the Commonwealth and New South Wales government have advised until further notice, all aged care facilities in Collaroy and north of Collaroy should exclude all visitors. Staff must wear a surgical mask at work.”

“Australian and New South Wales governments are working together in a coordinated operation centre to ensure aged care services have all the support they need, and the testing is being conducted widely through those facilities. At this stage there are no aged care facilities which have had any positive diagnoses, of course we know of one in a retirement village.”

“We have made sure that there are supports for services in the Northern Beaches LGA, including the asymptomatic testing of staff at aged care facilities and residents where that’s required and where they wish to do so.

“We will also be reducing transmission via staff movement, which is critical, and so we’ll be providing support to retirement villages and disability services where they need it with regards to PPE or surge workforce.

“The Commonwealth will also make grant funding available to support residential aged care workers with covering the associated cost for any single site workers that would otherwise have been working across other facilities.” 

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