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COVID-19 Testing at Embracia Moonee Valley

May 7, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

We are writing to you to keep our communication open and transparent. At present our home remains safe and COVID-19 free. Following the public information regarding a staff member testing positive to COVID-19 at Doutta Gala Aged Care in Footscray, we have been working with our staff and GP’s to ensure we reduce any risk of nearby spread.

We are aware that some GP’s have residents at Doutta Gala Footscray as well as Embracia Moonee Valley. Additionally, we have some staff who work at both homes. Please be reassured that our staff have not had direct contact with the known staff member from the other home in months. As soon as we became aware of this situation, we contacted the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and spoke directly with them about our risk. We proposed having all our staff and residents tested as a precautionary measure to which DHHS thought was over and above what we needed to do as they did not believe the Doutta Gala case had placed Embracia Moonee Valley at risk.

Today we have consulted with several of our GP’s and have made the decision to offer to test our staff and residents proactively and voluntarily. COVID-19 testing is not overly invasive nor time consuming, so we thought it best to conduct testing onsite at our home. Please be reassured that Embracia Moonee Valley has ZERO known cases and this decision was made to ensure we are proactive and going above and beyond to protect the safety of our residents, staff and the wider community.

Our team at Embracia Moonee Valley will be communicating each resident’s results with the first next of kin as soon as we receive the results. Again, this is voluntary, and we are NOT in lock down and DO NOT have an outbreak, so visiting conditions and rules remain the same as we communicated to you on 1st of May.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the home, preferably during business hours.

Thank you again for your cooperation and working with us to keep our Embracia Community safe.

Stay safe.

Sarah MacKenzie
Managing Director

Damien Lippiatt
General Manager

We provide exceptional aged care in an intimate community that feels like home.