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COVID-19 infected doctor visits three Sydney nursing homes

A doctor infected with COVID-19 has visited three aged care facilities in Sydney’s west while potentially infectious.

A Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District spokesman said the fully vaccinated doctor attended SummitCare Penrith, Anglicare Newmarch House and Mountainview Penrith.

Three close contacts of the infectious doctor have returned negative results. Credit:Kate Geraghty

The spokesman said the doctor wore a surgical mask during all visits to the aged care homes.

“All affected residents and staff across the facilities are being tested,” he said.

“Residents are being monitored closely by the care team at the facility, general practitioners and the [local health district’s] clinical response team.

“The residential aged care facilities are notifying residents and their families.”

Newmarch House in Penrith is in lockdown after the doctor, who tested positive on Tuesday, visited three residents at the facility over three days.

A spokesman for Anglicare, which runs the nursing home, said all three residents had so far returned negative COVID-19 tests. More test results are expected on Wednesday.

The nursing home was placed into a precautionary lockdown on Tuesday and residents were confined to their rooms.

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