Australian Defence Force nurses have been sent to Opal South Valley aged care home in the Geelong suburb of Highton to help care for residents.(ABC News: Steven Schubert)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelAustralian Defence Force nurses have been sent to an aged care home in the regional Victorian city of Geelong in response to a coronavirus outbreak which has already claimed one life.Key points:Opal South Valley aged care in Geelong has seen 18 residents and five staff test positive to COVID-19ADF nurses were today sent to the facility to help care for residents while the majority of Opal staff self-isolateVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews highlighted the need to keep coronavirus out of regional aged care homes when he announced all of regional Victoria would enter stage three restrictionsThe Opal South Valley home, in the suburb of Highton, has seen 18 residents and five staff test positive to coronavirus.One resident, who had been receiving care at Barwon Health University Hospital since Tuesday, died on Friday as a result of COVID-19, Opal confirmed in a statement."They will be dearly missed. We would like to extend our sympathies to the family, and our thanks to the hospital team and our Opal team for their dedicated care," the statement said.Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews made special mention of the need to keep coronavirus out of aged care homes in regional Victoria, during Sunday's lengthy press conference where he announced all of regional Victoria would be put under stage three restrictions."I'm not going to let this get into aged care in regional Victoria the way that it has into aged care in Melbourne," he said.Many aged care homes in the more remote parts of the state are government-run facilities.LoadingToday, 10 enrolled nurses and one registered nurse from the Australian Defence Force arrived at Opal South Valley, a private aged care home, to look after residents. The home is also receiving support from the local public health provider, Barwon Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)."As a precaution, and to ensure that we have taken every possible measure to protect our residents and team, the majority of our Opal team at South Valley are self-isolating," the Opal statement said."Opal leadership continue to manage the home with a number of senior Opal team on site, including clinicians, carers and an Opal chef. We are working closely with the DHHS and with Barwon Health who is providing excellent clinical support."For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic read our coronavirus live blog.The home said residents' relatives were being phoned daily to keep them informed about their loved one's care.Opal said their team was "truly heartened" by the community's support."We thank the Geelong community for their ongoing support, it uplifts and energises our team every day."Victoria's aged care outbreak exceeds 1,000 active casesThere are more than 1,000 active coronavirus cases and dozens of deaths linked to aged care home outbreaks, which have so far been concentrated in Melbourne.At least two homes,
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