Peninsula Health is in the final stages of contact tracing and is doing all it can to stop any further spread of COVID-19 after 51 staff members tested positive for the disease, according to chief executive Felicity Topp.
In a statement released last night, Ms Topp said: “We would like to confirm that Peninsula Health currently has 51 staff members who have tested positive to COVID-19 and 211 staff that are currently being furloughed. Of the 51 staff cases, 40 are nursing staff, with four doctors having tested positive at this point, along with five support staff members and two Allied Health employees.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic we have tested 54,981 people, 336 of those testing positive. We currently have 48 COVID-19 positive patients in our care, with none of these patients in ICU. We are doing all we can to keep them safe and well.
“We were alerted to an increased number of staff cases at Frankston Hospital on Sunday, and immediately responded by calling in external experts to support our response. We immediately closed a number of wards to admissions and all potentially affected staff and patients were tested. We also started contact tracing to identify anyone else who may have come into contact with an infected person. This process is currently in the final stages. We are still investigating if these cases are the result of increased community transmission of the virus, or if it has been acquired through the hospital.
“We are continuing to stress the importance of the correct usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is readily available to our staff in all of our services, and are doing our utmost to help all staff members do all they can to stay safe.
“The safety and well-being of our staff, our patients and our community is our utmost priority, and we are doing all we can to help stop any further spread of the virus.”
There are currently 94 active COVID-19 cases in Frankston and 70 on the Mornington Peninsula.