Tents have been set up at Epping Gardens aged care home as medical teams battle to contain a coronavirus outbreak.(ABC News)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelThe first Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) personnel, usually sent into overseas disaster zones, will start work in Victoria today.Key points:Additions to the Federal Government's surge workforce will arrive in Victoria today to help contain outbreaks in aged careVictoria is working to contain 87 outbreaks at aged care homes which have claimed more than a dozen lives in the past few weeksVictoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned the aged care outbreaks could easily send cases of coronavirus upwards againVictoria is working to contain 87 outbreaks at aged care homes which have claimed more than a dozen lives in the past few weeks.Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt dubbed the assistance teams the "SAS of the medical world" last weekend."They have assisted with quarantine, they have assisted in Western Australia, they have assisted in activities around the country and they are the best of the best," he said. Five AUSMAT senior expert nurse leaders are being deployed to Victoria from other states, and two Victorian-based specialist logisticians will be deployed in support of the nurse deployment and Aged Care Response Centre.For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic follow our live updates.A Federal Department of Health spokesperson said more than 450 temporary workforce surge staff have been deployed to providers experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria to date.The Federal Government is also supplying 500,000 reusable face shields for staff in aged care services across Victoria, and releasing a further 5 million face masks from the National Medical Stockpile for aged care providers.Peter Staffieri said he was glad the Federal Government was sending health workers in to help."Let's hope they clean it up and it gets better now," he said. Patient transport vans outside Epping Gardens aged care home in Melbourne's north are moving residents infected with coronavirus to hospital.(ABC News)Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton warned on Wednesday that despite two consecutive days of reduced coronavirus cases, the aged care outbreaks could easily send the numbers upwards again."We could get a number of aged care facilities with 50, 60, 70 cases a day that would change the numbers, that would also put at risk the broader community," he said.Premier Daniel Andrews also renewed his plea for people experiencing any coronavirus symptoms to stay home and get tested, saying the spread of the virus was being fuelled by workplace outbreaks.Read more about the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria:With almost 300 COVID cases, why are meatworks at the centre of so many?clusters?Victoria's coronavirus aged care situation is worsening. Here's what's being done to halt the?crisis'We're all suffering': Families' anguish as aged care outbreak?growsAll employers are now required to immediately notify WorkSafe once they become aware that an employee, contractor, or contractor's employee has tested positive to the virus and has attended the workplace during the infectious period.Meanwhile, aged care residents are continuing to be moved to hospital and the number of coronavirus deaths continue to rise.Of recent deaths connected to aged care, 11 were linked to St Basil's in Fawkner, two were linked to Epping Gardens, and one was linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth.'We don't know when we'll see her again' Jim and Peter Staffieri were able to wave goodbye to their mother as she was transferred to hospital.(ABC News)Jim and Peter Staffieri found out their 92-year-old mother Louisa in the Epping Gardens nursing home tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday morning.They waited outside the nursing home for hours until they saw her taken to hospital in an ambulance on Wednesday night."We're just so happy to see her,
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