Parts of Embleton aged care facility closed after gastro outbreak

Parts of Embleton aged care facility closed after gastro outbreak

AN Embleton aged care facility has been struck with a limited outbreak of norovirus (gastroenteritis), which forced parts of the facility to be closed.

Juniper, the organisation that manages and operates the 70-bed City of Bayswater Hostel on Embleton Avenue, notified the WA Health Department immediately of the first case of gastro last Saturday along with on-going daily updates.

Chief executive Vaughan Harding said the department was responsible for giving the “all clear” after at least 48 hours elapsing since the last appearance of symptoms.

“The organisation has well-established, robust action plans for these infrequent events and enacted infection control measures immediately, including closing parts of the facility such as common areas and it has increased cleaning activities to contain the virus,” he said.

“No residents, staff or family members have been hospitalised and as of this morning it has been 24 hours since the last case was recorded.”

The facility is accredited by the Commonwealth Government through the Aged Care Quality Agency.

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