COVID-19 News

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

 Dear Residents, Families and Advocates 

Update on COVID-19 outbreak – Fred French 

As you may be aware, yesterday we conducted PCR testing for Residents in the in the Punchbowl and Wentworth areas (excepting previously positive Residents). We have now received these results and unfortunately it has been confirmed we have a further 3 residents who have tested positive, bringing our total number of COVID positive residents to 4, with all other residents who have previously tested positive now recovered. 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. 

We continue to work with Tasmanian Public Health and the Aged Care Emergency Operations Centre with a further meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, 11 April 2022, in which we will be provided further guidance and advice on the required next round of testing. 

Current isolation restrictions remain in place for Residents in the Punchbowl and Wentworth areas, and we are strongly encouraging Residents to stay in their rooms until we receive further advice. 

Given we have further COVID positive cases within the home, and given the high number of cases in the wider Tasmanian community, we are implementing the nominated visitor protocol until such time as we received further advice from Monday’s meeting. This means over the coming days we will be welcoming 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 would very much appreciate your support in this direction and in encouraging your loved one to stay in their rooms. 

Of course, as always, if you are a nominated visit and you feel unwell in anyway, please do not attend the Home. 

We know this is a very worrying time and we are doing everything we can to support our Residents and Staff and we will continue to keep you updated. 

Yours sincerely 

Katie Cooley 

Chief Operations Officer 

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