COVID-19 News

Update on COVID-19 outbreak (Freemasons)
10 May, 2022

 Dear Valued Residents, Families and Advocates 

Update on COVID-19 outbreak – Freemasons Home 

I write to provide a further update regarding the COVID-19 outbreak at Freemasons Home. 

Following the routine PCR testing, three new positive cases were identified on Friday and a further two on Sunday. 

The Residents and their families have been informed and are receiving support from Masonic Care Tasmania. If our team has not contacted you, rest assured that the impacted Residents are not your loved one. 

The outbreak remains contained to the JVC area with our COVID-19 Outbreak precautions in place. Residents who are positive are isolating in their rooms and staff interacting with them are wearing enhanced personal protective equipment. 

Residents in the JVC area who have not returned positive results but are identified as close contacts are encouraged to continue having meals in the dining room if they choose to, and accessing the common areas and courtyard is permitted. Residents who are close contacts can leave the facility providing they have no symptoms, wear a fitted facemask while they are out and return a negative RAT prior to leaving the home. 

Residents in the other areas of Freemasons home are not impacted by the outbreak and there are no restrictions for outings or visitors. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all visitors that they are required to wear a mask during their visit and they will be asked to undertake a RAT on arrival. Hand hygiene is important and visitors are strongly encouraged to use the supplied hand sanitiser. 

If you have any COVID-like symptoms, please defer your visit, and please be aware that if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 case, you are not able to enter the facility until 7 days after your last contact with the positive case. 

Resident, Family and Advocate Meeting 

A reminder that a Resident, Family and Advocate meeting will be held next Monday 16 May 2022 in The Chapel at Freemasons Home to discuss the recent Freemasons Home audit results. Please note the updated start time of 1.30pm. 

MCT Board Chairman Mr Klaus Zimmerman will be in attendance, along with Board Director and Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee Dr Jane Fuller, members of the MCT Executive and Freemasons Home Residential Manager. 

The meeting is expected to last one hour and RSVPs are required. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing or calling 03 6285 5200. 

An online meeting will follow at 4pm-5pm via Microsoft Teams for anyone who is unable to attend in person. Please use this link to attend: Freemasons Home online meeting 16 May 

Federal election voting 

Finally, a brief update ahead of the upcoming federal election. A mobile polling booth scheduled to visit Freemasons Home yesterday was cancelled due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. All residents have instead been offered a postal vote application. Postal vote ballot forms will be provided to those residents participating in the election and assistance completing the forms will be available if required. 

Again, we thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support as we continue to take steps to protect the wellbeing of our residents and staff. 

Yours sincerely, 

Katie Cooley 

Chief Operations Officer 

Masonic Care Tasmania 

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