Update on Brookview, Strathalan and The Orchards Communities

Posted: Wednesday, 19 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.

Last week, Baptcare confirmed that our Strathalan Residential Aged Care Community has returned to normal operations.

This week, Baptcare confirmed that our Brookview Residential Aged Care Community has returned to normal operations. Read news item here.

The Orchards Residential Aged Care Community, located in East Doncaster

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

All residents and staff were tested for COVID-19 on site on Monday, 17 August 2020.  We have received the overwhelming majority of tests and they are all negative. We await five pending results.

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 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

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