Napier dementia care unit locked down after probable COVID-19 case discovered


A Napier dementia unit has been placed into immediate quarantine after one patient was diagnosed as a "probable case" of COVID-19.

The elderly resident lives at Gladys Mary Rest Home alongside the 14 other members of the rest home's dementia community.

"To ensure the safety of our residents and staff the entire 14 person community has been placed into immediate isolation," said  Carolyn Cooper, the managing director of Bupa Villages and Aged Care New Zealand on Thursday.

The resident was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday and the test results are expected on Friday.

"We’ve been in contact with impacted residents’ families to offer our support and provide reassurance of how we are continuing to care for their family members," said Cooper.

All staff who came into contact with the person have been asked to isolate for 14 days from the time of their last contact with the resident. 

The rest home has been closed to visitors since Tuesday and will remain so for the foreseeable future.