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

 Dear Residents, Families and Advocates 

Update on COVID-19 outbreak – Freemasons Home 

I write to provide an update following the latest round of PCR testing and our meeting with Public Health this morning. 

As advised in my letter of 8 April 2022, a further round of PCR testing was conducted across the home yesterday, Sunday 10 April 2022 (excepting previously positive residents). We have now received the results of this sweep and unfortunately we have a further 5 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 including, for the first time, in Swinton area. This brings the total number of residents who have tested positive during this outbreak to 46, noting a number of residents will be released from this classification over the coming days as they reach, or have reached, the end of their 7 day isolation period. 

The residents and their families of the latest positive tests 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. 

It has been confirmed by the Public Health Officer that a further round of PCR testing will be undertaken this coming Wednesday, 13 April 2022. 

In light of the increased number of COVID positive residents, including in Swinton for the first time, we will be continuing with the following arrangements: 

  • We will continue to welcome each resident’s nominated visitor who will be required to undertake a RAT on arrival and to wear a N95 mask and eye protection during their visit. 
  • Bookings are required for visits and daily visitor numbers to the home will be capped at 30. 
  • We are currently managing visits based on one visit for the booking period to ensure all Residents have a nominated visit. Bookings are now open up to and including Wednesday 13 April. 
  • We will be taking bookings for the Easter period from Wednesday 13 April 2022. 
  • To make a booking please email helpline@mctas.org.au. Visiting hours remain from 10am to 6pm daily. 
  • Residents continue to be considered as close contacts by Public Health, and so are unable to leave the home for reasons other than medical appointments for which they must be taken directly to and from. 
  • All residents are strongly encouraged to remain in their rooms and we continue to work with our physiotherapists and other allied health professionals to ensure all residents have access to these services. 

In addition to these existing requirements, we have implemented changed arrangements to access to areas of the home to minimise exposure. Depending on which area of the home your loved one is in, will determine the route you take when you arrive. All visitors should continue to arrive through the main entry following which you will be supported by our staff as to the correct route to take. 

Finally I can confirm that all staff continue to undertake RAT prior to commencing their shift with these tests either undertaken on site upon arrival or at home prior to arrival. We have also transitioned staff back to wearing N95 masks and protective eyewear with full PPE only being used in Griffith, Gifford, Linton (GGL) and Swinton areas. 

In closing I would like to take the opportunity to restate that if you are a nominated visitor and you are feeling unwell in any way, please do not attend the home. For those that do visit, please ensure you keep your face masks on and that you practice really good hand hygiene. We know this is a difficult time and we appreciate your ongoing support as we work together to ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff. 

Yours sincerely 

Katie Cooley 

Chief Operations Officer 

Masonic Care Tasmania 

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