Update: Baptcare Westhaven Community – Footscray, Victoria

20 August 2020

Media Holding Statement – Staff Testing Positive for COVID-19

Baptcare can confirm that a staff member at Baptcare Westhaven Community, located in Footscray, Victoria, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The impacted staff member did not experience any symptoms before or during their last shift at our community:

  • The employee last worked on Saturday, 15 August 2020 on the Ground Floor.
  • The employee was tested on Tuesday, 18 August 2020. They received their test result late yesterday, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 and notified us immediately.

Our primary concern during this time is the wellbeing, health and safety of our residents and staff. This case was reported to the relevant Health authorities and we are taking advice from them.

All residents continue to be well and are not experiencing any symptoms.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Public Health Unit (PHU) will be on site to conduct COVID-19 testing for all residents tomorrow Friday, 21 August 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution, from yesterday evening, we have isolated all residents to their rooms and maintained segregation across the community. All staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) – 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 member is 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