Update: Brookview Community - Westmeadows, Victoria

Posted 29 August 2020

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

All residents and staff were tested on site on Wednesday 26 August 2020. We have received all of the test results and sadly, since our report yesterday, an additional staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

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

There are three 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.

We can confirm that no other residents or staff are experiencing any symptoms.

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

A second round of testing for all residents and staff will take place on site on today, Saturday, 29 August 2020.

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.

Out of an abundance of caution, we continue to isolate all residents in their rooms and maintain segregation in this 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