> Newmarch House COVID-19 inquest told residents went without food, oxygen during outbreak

Newmarch House COVID-19 inquest told residents went without food, oxygen during outbreak

An inquest into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 19 aged care residents in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic has heard details about the final days of their lives.

The three-week inquest is examining what occurred during a 65-day outbreak at the Newmarch House aged care facility in Western Sydney from April to June of 2020.

The facility is owned and run by Anglicare Community Services.

During the outbreak, 37 of the facility’s 97 residents contracted the virus and 19 of them died.

Counsel assisting the coroner Simon Buchen SC told the inquest on day one of the hearings that prior to April 2020, the residential facility had been a respected institution.

“Newmarch House was highly regarded and was seen as a desirable place to be, in particular because of the qualities of its staff,” he said.

But Mr Buchen then spent more than an hour detailing the experiences of each of the residents who died.

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