COVID-19 News

CEO update for our valued community.
9 April, 2020

Important update for our valued community.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, clients and staff is always our priority, and this premise continues to guide our actions during the COVID-19 emergency period.

Stay home, stay safe – Together with the Premier and Tasmanian Government, we are urging people to stay home in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential travel means just that – please consider any travel outside of essential needs and abide by the guidelines as outlined by the State Government.

Aged care facilities are now in lockdown – This week the Tasmanian Government announced that to protect our most vulnerable older people in the community, all aged care facilities in Tasmania will be ‘locked down’ for a period of two weeks from 7 April 2020 and midnight 20 April 2020 (inclusive).

For this period, entry to all MCT residential aged care facilities remain limited to essential visitors and contractors only. Compassionate visits for families for the purposes of end of life support will of course continue.

In line with these restrictions, any gifts or non-essential deliveries from friends and families to our facilities are not permitted. To protect the health and safety of our residents and staff, please do not come to our facilities with these items. We will continue to keep you informed of any changes, but in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our team if you have any questions at all.

The Australian Government has directed that from 1 May 2020, everyone entering a residential aged care service needs to be vaccinated against influenza. This applies to staff, visitors, health practitioners, volunteers and others (for example tradesman and gardeners).

Therefore, please note that when restrictions on visitation to aged care facilities are lifted, entry to MCT aged care facilities will only be permitted to those people demonstrating evidence of an up-to-date vaccination against influenza. This is a public health order that we are required to demonstrate 100% compliance with, so we encourage all visitors to get your influenza vaccine as soon as you can.

Happy Easter – Stay home, stay safe, stay connected – The current restrictions that are necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 mean that many of the activities that we traditionally enjoy over the Easter break will not be possible. But this doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun, responsibly. We can all help to keep our communities safe and enjoy the Easter break by following these simple measures: stay home, stay safe and stay connected.

Keeping everyone connected is a priority for us so please contact the facility directly to let us know your preferred method of contact.

Have a wonderful Easter break and enjoy your time at home.

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