Australia | Dubbo Epicentre of Regional Outbreak

Catholic Healthcare St Mary's Villa

Staff and residents were potentially exposed to COVID-19 at a nursing home in Dubbo, Australia. As the west of New South Wales tackles yet another spike in cases, Dubbo has become the epicentre of Australia’s largest regional outbreak. Yesterday’s cases reached 53, more than double the previous day.

Five cases were reported last week at Catholic Healthcare St Mary's Villa, after two staff members contracted the virus. Everyone at the facility, staff and residents, have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

"Protection and support around our frail, elderly people can never be more important,” said Western Local Health District's  chief executive Scott McLachlan said.

The source of the infection of the first staff member is under investigation. In Dubbo, more than one in 100 people have now tested positive to COVID-19.

McLachlan said the jump in numbers highlighted why people could not be complacent when there was a fall in positive tests results.

"The numbers aren't the be all and end all," he said.