Tweed residents in lockdown over contagious virus

IT'S hoped the lockdown of a Tweed Heads aged care home due to a gastroenteritis outbreak will be over this week.

Domain Florence Tower on Florence Place has been under restricted access for more than two weeks with affected residents unable to leave their rooms, socialise or receive guests.

A facility spokeswoman said the outbreak was nearly under control with only two residents and some staff continuing to exhibit symptoms.

"In order to ensure that we can confidently eradicate the remaining infection from the home we will be maintaining the lock down of the facility for a further 72 hours," she said.

"This means that visitors are prevented from entering the facility, and residents are restricted from leaving the facility. Doctors will continue to come on site.

"We are in the process of updating the families of all 118 residents personally by phone."

Domain Principal Group's Managing Director Gary Barnier said none of the residents or staff had required hospitalisation.

"Infection control protocols were actioned immediately and we are working closely with NSW Health and local doctors to ensure the virus is contained, that residents who are unwell are treated immediately and isolated from residents not presenting with any symptoms," Mr Barnier said.

The gastroenteritis outbreak is one of several reported in recent times including at Bundaberg and Stanthorpe.

Topics:  gastroenteritis

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