Coronavirus Victoria: Eight workers at Alfred Hospital test positive to COVID-19

Coronavirus Victoria: Eight workers at Alfred Hospital test positive to COVID-19

Eight healthcare workers at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital have tested positive to COVID-19. Alfred Health confirmed on Sunday five of the cases are not linked and are believed to have been acquired through the community. Alfred Health chief executive Andrew Way says the hospital is taking “every measure” to keep staff members safe. “We cannot afford to become complacent,” Professor Way said. This week, hospital administrators began requiring all visitors and staff in clinical areas to wear surgical masks and increased the frequency of cleaning in its infectious diseases ward, where COVID-19 patients are treated. They have also placed a concierge at the entrance to the ward to ensure the movements of all staff are logged. The general public and visitors do not have access to the high-risk ward. It comes after three cancer patients died in March after contracting COVID-19 at the hospital. Victoria recorded its sixth straight day of triple-digit increases on Saturday with 216 new cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 1249. A man in his 90s died on Friday night while 49 people remain in hospital, including 15 in intensive care. The state’s virus death toll is 23, bringing the national toll to 107. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he was hopeful cases numbers would plateau within three to five days given stage three restrictions in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire had curbed public movement. Known outbreaks include 138 cases linked to the North Melbourne and Flemington public housing towers, which have a degree of crossover with ...
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