A resident of Mitchell House in Morwell in eastern Victoria has tested positive for COVID-19, with the nursing home saying the facility is now in lockdown.
“Anyone who has been in close contact with the resident has been ordered into home quarantine in accordance with government directives,” a spokesman said.
Mitchell House said the facility was complying with Government directives on how to proceed.
“The facility is in lockdown and residents are in quarantine,” the spokesman said.
Families of residents have been notified of the case by email.
A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman said the case was not linked to the man who visited several locations in the Latrobe Valley before testing positive for COVID-19.
Director of advocacy group Aged Care Matters Dr Sarah Russell said there was no need to panic.
“I have a list of 110 homes that’ve had outbreaks, and many of them are smaller aged care homes that’ve handled this very well,” she said.
She said the 56-bed, independently-operated Mitchell House was less likely to spread the virus because of its less mobile workforce.
“Big private aged care homes use a casualised workforce because it’s cheaper. In a community aged care home like Mitchell House, my assumption would be that it’s a very stable workforce using local people,” she said.
Bupa’s Traralgon aged care home has had 20 cases of COVID-19 linked to its outbreak.