Australia’s death toll climbs: Nursing home resident, 90, becomes the 41st person to die of coronavirus and the sixth at the facility

  •  A 90-year-old resident of Dorothy Henderson Lodge has died of coronavirus
  • The man was the sixth person at the nursing home to die of COVID-19 
  • The nursing home was considered the first epicentre of the virus in Australia

By Brittany Chain For Daily Mail Australia

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Six elderly residents of a nursing home in Sydney’s first coronavirus epicentre have now died of the deadly respiratory infection, taking the national death toll to 41.

A 90-year-old resident at Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park in north Sydney died overnight.  

The man became New South Wales’ 20th fatality, and the 41st nationally, including 12 people who died after disembarking the ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise ship on March 19. 

BaptistCare, the company which owns the aged care facility, announced the ‘heartbreaking’ news on Monday evening.  

Nationally, at least 5,795 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus, including 41 people who have since died and at least 2,315 who have recovered

‘I have been on the phone this afternoon with the resident’s family, and I grieve with them in their loss. Our residents are not just numbers; they are beloved individuals in our care and the very reason we exist,’ said Ross Low, CEO of BaptistCare.

‘It is nothing short of heartbreaking to have another resident lose their life to this virus. 

‘Our care staff and those who are part of Dorothy Henderson Lodge are doing their very best caring for our residents as they would their own family.’ 

Dorothy Henderson Lodge has 16 residents and five staff who have tested positive to COVID-19. 

Six residents have died.

BaptistCare, the company which owns the aged care facility, announced the ‘heartbreaking’ news on Monday evening

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,795

New South Wales: 2,637

Victoria: 1,158

Queensland: 921

Western Australia: 460

South Australia: 409

Australian Capital Territory: 96

Tasmania: 86

Northern Territory: 28

TOTAL CASES:  5,795

RECOVERED: 2,315 

DEAD: 41

The facility was described as the first epicentre of the deadly respiratory virus in Australia in early March, prior to the spike in community transmission cases. 

The first confirmed case in the lodge was a 50-year-old employee on March 4, and a 95-year-old resident at the home died of the disease later that day.

After a spike in cases at the nursing home, the New South Wales state government made the decision to test all 67 residents on March 20, which confirmed an additional four cases. 

Earlier on Monday, an 80-year-old man from Western Australia who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess died from complications related to COVID-19, making him the 12th person from the cruise to die.

Western Australia recorded seven new confirmed cases on Monday, all linked to cruise ships or overseas travel. The state now has 460 confirmed cases.

Health Minister Roger Cook confirmed the man died at Royal Perth Hospital, where he was being treated for the deadly virus. 

The facility was described as the first epicentre of the deadly respiratory virus in Australia in early March, prior to the spike in community transmission cases

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