COVID outbreak at new Hakea Grove care home

Hakea Grove aged care centre

Hakea Grove, the new 150-bed care home at Hamlyn Terrace, has reported a surge in residents testing positive to COVID in the week to Friday, March 25.

Twenty-two resident cases and six staff were diagnosed in one week, significantly more than other care homes at the top end of the Coast.

Schools are also continuing to face COVID-related challenges, following a10-15 per cent increase in confirmed cases in school students last week.

One school at the top end of the Coast reported an increase and asked parents to keep children at home if they showed the slightest symptoms.

It warned classes were being impacted and some families had reverted to part-home schooling.

Cases across the Coast tripled last week to 1298 on Tuesday, March 22.

Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris MP, said “People in vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and those with respiratory and underlying health risk, should be particularly vigilant at this time.”

Swansea MP, Yasmin Catley, said: “We as a community have worked so hard to get through a very difficult 2021, it is important we don’t get complacent.

“For those that are eligible, please get vaccinated and boosted to help protect yourself and your community,”she said.

“Vaccinations are available from your local pharmacy, GP, or the vaccination clinics at Wyong or Gosford Hospitals.” 

The Entrance MP, David Mehan, said “There are now many vaccine options available on the Coast and I encourage everyone who hasn’t already done so to get vaccinated or get that booster shot.”

Hakea Grove CEO Jo Heslin was approached for comment.

Nicola Riches