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Update on COVID-19 outbreak (Fred French)
11 April, 2022

 Dear Residents, Families and Advocates Update on COVID-19 outbreak – Fred French I write further to my letter of 9 April 2022, to provide an update on the current COVID-19 outbreak at Fred French Home. As a result of the latest sweep of testing, we have had a further two residents test positive to COVID-19. The residents and their families have been informed and are receiving our ongoing support. If our team has not contacted you, rest assured that the impacted Residents are not your loved one. Given the new cases, current isolation restrictions remain in place for residents in the Punchbowl and Wentworth areas. For all other areas of the home, we continue to strongly encourage residents to stay in their rooms however residents are able to access communal spaces including outdoor areas. I can advise that a further sweep of PCR testing will be conducted on Tuesday 11 April 2022. This will include all residents excepting those residents who have previously tested positive and/or have tested positive and been released from isolation less than 12 weeks ago. As communicated in my letter of 9 April, we have implemented our nominated visitor protocol. I can advise that following today’s meeting with Public Health, this protocol will remain in place for now and we will continue to welcome each resident’s nominated visitor only. Nominated visitors will be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival as well as to wear an N95 mask and eye goggles during their visit. In addition, all visits will be restricted to Resident’s room. We will review this protocol following the outcome of tomorrow’s PCR testing and a further meeting to be held with Public Health on Wednesday 13 April 2022. Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to work together to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff. Yours sincerely 

Katie Cooley 

Chief Operations Officer 

Masonic Care Tasmania 

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