Update on Brookview, Strathalan and The Orchards Communities

Posted: Thursday 13 August 2020

Previously, Baptcare confirmed that there are currently three staff members of Baptcare Residential Aged Care Communities who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are at risk of being positive for COVID-19. Read news item for more information.

Today, Baptcare can confirm the following updates for three residential aged care communities affected.

Brookview Residential Aged Care Community, located in Westmeadows

All residents continue to be well and are not experiencing any symptoms. All residents and staff have now been tested. We have received the overwhelming majority of resident test results and they are all negative. We await one pending resident test result. All staff were tested on site on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. We have received 15 staff results and they are all negative. We await the pending 75 staff results.

Strathalan Residential Aged Care Community, located in Macleod

All residents continue to be well and are not experiencing any symptoms. All residents and staff have now been tested and they are all negative.

Following advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Public Health Unit (PHU), this morning our residents were able to move freely, outside their room, on their own floor, and have their meals in their dining room.

As is our practice, all staff will continue to wear a mask at work. Daily screening of all residents using the screening tool provided by Safer Victoria will continue. Daily temperature checks will also continue.

The Orchards Residential Aged Care Community, located in East Doncaster

All residents continue to be well and are not experiencing any symptoms. We continue to work with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Public Health Unit (PHU) and taking their advice. We are working towards COVID-19 testing for residents and staff at the end of the week.

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 at Brookview and the Orchards in their rooms and maintain segregation in each of these communities. 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 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

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