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Update on COVID-19 outbreak (Freemasons)
12 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. 

A further round of routine PCR testing this week has identified four new positive cases within the Johnson/Voss/Chandler (JVC) area. Affected residents and their families have been informed and are receiving support from Masonic Care Tasmania. 

The outbreak remains contained to the JVC area and our COVID-19 Outbreak precautions remain 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 can access the common areas and courtyard. 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. 

A reminder that visitors are required to wear a mask during their visit and will be asked to undertake a RAT on arrival. Please also 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. 

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

With today being International Nurses Day, I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our nursing and care staff, who continue to do all they can to keep your loved ones safe and well throughout this ongoing pandemic. 

Yours sincerely, 

Katie Cooley 

Chief Operations Officer 

Masonic Care Tasmania 

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