A twelfth resident from the coronavirus-riddled Newmarch Aged Care House in Sydney has tragically died.
The nursing home confirmed the sad news in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
It brings the total number of residents who have died from the virus since the outbreak began on Easter Sunday to twelve.
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Four of those deaths occurred just yesterday.
“The past 24 hours have been tragic for Anglicare Sydney and today we are saddened to announce the death of another resident who tested positive for COVID-19 at Newmarch House,” Anglicare Sydney said.
“The family has been contacted as have all relevant authorities.
“The Commonwealth and NSW Governments through their health departments continue to support us in providing the clinical support we require to deliver the care our residents need.”
Anglicare Sydney urged everyone to keep their “residents and their families in your thoughts and prayers, especially those who are grieving the loss of their loved one.”
The national death toll from the virus has now risen to 90, with 42 of those deaths in NSW.
The latest death comes just hours after Anglicare Sydney released a statement about family members not being allowed to visit elderly residents at the locked down Newmarch House.
“Anglicare Sydney made the difficult decision on 23 March to lockdown all our homes for the safety and health of our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Grant Millard, CEO of Anglicare Sydney said.
“We would love the relatives of our residents to visit their loved ones at Newmarch House.
“We are allowing families of those in palliative care some access under strict controls, however, for others we simply cannot afford the risk, of further spreading COVID-19. This is a really hard decision for us to make but the consequences of a further outbreak are too awful to contemplate.”
Mr Millard said Anglicare Sydney continues to communicate with families through daily emails every day.
“And for every one of our residents who are sadly COVID-19 positive, we are in regular phone contact, at least once a day, with that resident’s designated representative – the person responsible.”