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COVID-19: Aged care facilities tighten visitor rules as coronavirus cases increase

STAY SAFE: Aged care facilities run by Western NSW Local Health District have tightened visitor rules as COVID-19 cases increase. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
STAY SAFE: Aged care facilities run by Western NSW Local Health District have tightened visitor rules as COVID-19 cases increase. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

PEOPLE from known coronavirus hotspots in Sydney and the Illarwarra are no longer welcome to visit aged care facilities in the Western NSW Local Health district.

The change to visitor regulations has come following a spike in new COVID-19 cases across NSW.

A Western NSW LHD spokeswoman said authorities were continually monitoring the coronavirus situation and reviewing hospital visitor rules to help ensure the safety of patients, staff and other visitors.

LHD acting chief executive Adrian Fahy said NSW Health has implemented new measures due to the current risk of COVID-19 now in the community.

"Until the end of July, any visitors to any residential aged care facility who have been in the following local government areas in the previous two weeks should be excluded from the facility: Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly," he said.

"Anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms, even mild, should be excluded from the facility. They should be advised to isolate at home and seek COVID-19 testing."

Meanwhile, visitor rules to the region's hospitals and multi-purpose services (MPS) remain unchanged.

Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to visit hospitals patients at this time. If your child does not need medical attention do not to bring them to the hospital.

A maximum of two visitors of any age are allowed at any one time to visit patients in a MPS.

It also remains in place that visitors may not enter facilities if they have returned from overseas or Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

Visitors to aged care facilities must show evidence of 2020 influenza vaccination.

"If you are unwell please do not visit. If you have even the mildest cough, fever, runny nose or difficulty breathing, please visit one of our COVID-19 clinics or call your doctor," Mr Fahy said.

For more information about COVID-19 please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 088 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

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This story Visitors from virus hotspot areas not welcome in aged care facilities first appeared on Mudgee Guardian.