A 15th resident who had tested positive to Coronavirus at Newmarch House has passed away.
Anglicare confirmed the death of the man this afternoon.
“The person had no immediate family and was well cared for by the dedicated staff of Newmarch House,” an Anglicare statement said.
“On behalf of our resident, we grieve for his death and we value that he was part of our Anglicare family while we cared for them.
“His passing highlights how terrible this virus is and how devastating it is for the elderly in our community.”
The man’s passing comes as new procedures are put in place at the nursing home, including testing all staff daily.
“The impact of COVID-19 on older people is increasingly evident in Australia and internationally and this is extremely distressing for other residents, their families and members of the wider community,” Anglicare’s statement said.
“Anglicare appreciates the support of the Commonwealth Government in assisting us to source an infection control specialist who is currently on site this week, monitoring and reviewing all current contamination and infection control procedures.
“We also appreciate government support in implementing the Family Support Program, which will enable registered nurses to communicate regularly to families about their loved ones.”
Earlier today, NSW Opposition Leader Jodi McKay called for State Parliament to return so the Government could “face scrutiny” over its handling of Newmarch House.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.