Coronavirus Victim Alf Jordan Remembered As ‘One-Of-A-Kind’ Great-Grandfather – Alf Jordan, 90, has been remembered for the love he showed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gabrielle Cordwell says she does not want “another family to have to go through this” after her “one-of-a-kind” grandfather Alf Jordan died from COVID-19 in Melbourne this week.
The 90-year-old great-grandfather died in hospital on Friday and was a resident of Glendale Aged Care in Werribee, in Melbourne’s south-west.
As of Sunday, 10 other cases of coronavirus have been detected at the aged care facility — nine staff members and an 85-year-old female resident.
Ms Cordwell said her grandfather became unwell about Friday, July 3, then got progressively worse over the next few days.
He was transported to hospital last Monday, tested positive for COVID-19 shortly afterwards, and died on Friday.
“We were blessed to have him for as long as we did, but he died alone, and no-one should have to die alone,” she said.
Glendale Aged Care director of operations Glenn Hancock said the female resident who tested positive for coronavirus was asymptomatic and was being cared for at the home.
“Given the resident is not displaying any respiratory symptoms, and is otherwise well, we have been instructed by the Department of Health and Human Services to care for her in quarantine at the home,” he said.
A total of 207 staff and 277 residents were tested and 472 people returned negative results. The results of two residents are still pending.
Mr Hancock said contact tracing was underway for all cases and staffing levels at the home were stable.
“As soon as we initiated our outbreak procedures, all residents were taken safely back to their rooms, and are being well looked after by our care staff, who are wearing full PPE,” he said.
“The home was closed to visitors and thoroughly disinfected, and we began to test everyone in the home.”
We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Alf Jordan’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing. May his soul rest in peace.