A growing number of elderly Tasmanian residents are confined to their rooms as the state faces a massive increase in coronavirus cases.
- Number of Tasmanian elderly care facilities recording COVID cases increases, majority of cases detected among staff
- At least four residents have tested positive for coronavirus
- Cases expected to soon exceed 2,000 per day in island state
Eleven elderly care facilities in Tasmania have already recorded COVID-19 infections among staff or residents.
But there are fears that the number of affected households will increase, with the number of daily cases expected to reach 2,000 per day.
Snug Village South Hobart has so far detected eight cases among staff and residents.
Pam Bartulovic lives in Snug Village and said residents have been isolating themselves in their rooms since New Years Eve.
“Everyone is very calm and there seems to be a lot of staff,” she said.
Ms Bartulovic said the outbreak was inevitable and Snug Village was well prepared for the border reopening.
“We have all been vaccinated and all of our staff have been vaccinated and with all the borders reopening it’s sad but I’m sure we’ll be fine,” she said.
The government says it’s ready
Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the majority of COVID-19 cases in elderly care have been among staff.
He said four residents of the elderly Tasmania had tested positive.
Deputy Director of Public Health Scott McKeown said health officials were working with elderly care facilities and no residents who tested positive for COVID had had serious results so far.
“Public Health is working closely with these facilities and with the Commonwealth to ensure that we follow national guidelines and protect residents, staff and communities around these facilities,” said Dr McKeown.
Tasmania recorded 702 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 2,244.
Mr Rockliff asked the Tasmanians to anticipate an increase in the number of cases to 2,000 per day.
Mr Rockliff said there was only one person currently hospitalized with COVID, and no one in intensive care or on a ventilator.
“This highlights the fact that the Omicron variant is very smooth,” he said.
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