Update: Baptcare Brookview Community – Westmeadows, Victoria

30 August 2020

Baptcare can confirm that there are currently twelve active cases of COVID-19 linked to Baptcare Brookview Community in Westmeadows.

A second round of mass testing was completed on site on Saturday, 29 August 2020. We have received all the test results for our residents and sadly, since the first round of mass testing, an additional resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

There are now eight active cases among residents, including two who are receiving care in hospital. All other residents continue to receive care and support as they recover.

We have received a significant proportion of the test results for our staff. To date, another staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.  We continue to wait for the remaining three staff test results.

There are now four active cases among staff who are now isolating at home. We continue to be in touch with them regularly and support them in their recovery.

Any staff who have been in direct contact with the impacted resident are in self-isolation.

Our primary concern during this time is the wellbeing, health and safety of our residents and staff.  These cases were reported to the relevant Health authorities and we are taking advice from them. We are also grateful for the additional support from AUSMAT and the Northern Health Residential In-Reach Program. A doctor and nurse has been on site every day since the outbreak began to monitor residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.

All residents at Baptcare Brookview Community are remaining in their rooms.  Zone segregation will be maintained across the community.  All staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) – N95 masks, gloves, goggles and gowns.  Staff will also sanitise their hands immediately prior to entering any room, and again immediately after.  Only essential staff will be allowed on site.

We continue to monitor the health of residents and check their temperatures daily. Existing processes to screen and temperature check all staff daily remain in place.

The staff members are isolating at home and will only return when medically cleared. All staff who have been in close contact with the impacted staff member are in self-isolation.

We are well prepared and taking every action we can to minimise any cross contamination.

We have contacted all families of residents of each community by telephone and email and communicated this information to them. We will provide regular updates to residents and their families, and our staff.

Media inquiries

Baptcare Communications 0400 503 713 or communications@baptcare.org.au