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Review of Aged Residential Care facilities under way

Review of Aged Residential Care facilities under way

Posted April 30, 2020
Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

An urgent independent review into COVID-19 clusters at Aged Residential Care (ARC) facilities is under way, and findings will be reported back to the Ministry of Health by the end of May.

After the emergence of five significant COVID-19 clusters in ARC facilities – two in Christchurch, two in Auckland and one in Waikato – the Ministry commissioned a short review of NZ’s experience of preventing and managing COVID-19 in ARC facilities.

The Independent Review of COVID-19 Clusters in Aged Residential Care will look at ARC facilities with cases of COVID-19 to examine the measures and processes which worked well and identify opportunities for improvements. It will compare these facilities with similar ones where there have been no cases.

ARC facilities are susceptible to rapid transmission of viruses, and the residents are more vulnerable to illnesses due to their age and being more likely to have underlying health conditions.

The review will look at information relating to possible transmission to and within ARC facilities, interviews with relevant people involved in outbreaks, findings from a stocktake of ARC providers carried out by DHBs, and study of activities aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.