NSW Health make verdict on Father’s Day aged care visits

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With Father’s Day this weekend, many NSW families would be wondering if they are able to visit their elderly father’s in aged care homes.

NSW Health confirmed on Friday that families in some areas of New South Wales have been advised to stay home after announcing eight new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

“NSW Health confirms the advice for residents of the Sydney Metropolitan, Nepean Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions to not visit friends and family in aged care facilities will continue through this weekend,” health authorities said.

NSW residents have been advised not to visit aged care centres for Father’s Day. Credit: Portra Images/Getty Images

“This decision has been reached after careful consideration of the risks of COVID-19 being introduced into an aged care facility while the CBD cluster is brought under control.

“While we understand and acknowledge this will be difficult for many families on Father’s Day, our priority is to prevent the spread of the virus to the most vulnerable people in the community.

“We encourage people to make the best of the COVID safe measures the aged care sector has put in place to make contact with their loved ones, including through audiovisual links and window visits.”

NSW Health did not recommend for people to isolate from elderly grandparents if they are not from the regions listed above. People are still being advised, however, to maintain social distancing as much as possible to reduce potential spread of contamination.

Of the eight new cases, three are linked to the Sydney CBD cluster.

The total number of cases in that outbreak is now 57.

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