COVID-19 News

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

 Dear Valued Residents, Families and Advocates 

I wish to advise that following Rapid Antigen Testing undertaken earlier today, we have had nine Residents at Freemasons Home test positive to COVID-19. These results mean that Freemasons Home is now in Outbreak. 

The COVID positive 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. 

We have implemented our Outbreak Management Plan and are working closely with the Tasmania Department of Health. The areas that are currently impacted are Johnston, Voss and Challender (JVC). 

Under Public Health advice, Residents in the JVC area who have not returned a positive test result are considered close contacts. During this time, the JVC Residents who are identified as close contacts are not permitted to visit other areas of the home or go on outings, however they are able to move freely about the JVC area. Recognising that from Monday, 2 May 2022, close contacts are no longer required to isolate (with a range of mitigations in place), we will provide a further update as to what this means for Residents who are close contacts once we receive that advice from Public Health. 

In the meantime, and to ensure we can continue to minimise impact on those Residents in JVC who are classified as a close contact, Residents who choose to leave their rooms, will be provided with meals in the JVC dining areas if that is their preference and they are also able to access the JVC courtyard area. 

As a precautionary measure, all visitors will be required to complete a RAT test on arrival and wear a N95 mask and eye protection during their visit. 

The health and wellbeing of our Residents and Staff is our priority, and we appreciate your assistance with this. We know that this is a worrying time and we will keep our residents, families and staff informed of updates. 

Yours sincerely 

Katie Cooley 

Chief Operating Officer 

Masonic Care Tasmania Inc. 

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