Dear Residents and Families
RE: Embracia Moonee Valley – An update on the whole home.
We are pleased to report that we have 100% negative test results for all residents across the home. We can confirm that from the one positive staff case who worked in Manikato household, there has been no transmission to any other staff or resident at our home to date.
We did have one staff member who works in Chatham test positive to COVID-19 from the testing done on 10th October. These results took several days to come in, but fortunately this staff member worked in full PPE during all their shifts, and we have continued to have several rounds of tests since then, and all have been NEGATIVE. Neither of our two staff cases crossed over on any days or shifts, nor do they work in the same household. We strongly believe these were two separate infections, both caught out in the community. We are grateful too that both staff are vaccinated.
We have been writing to government officials to seek any direction or clarification on when our home can come out of lockdown, but still our emails are going unanswered. We have requested that Kingston Town (first floor) and the three household in the east of the building (Pharlap, Tulloch and Northerly) be considered green zones. These staff and residents have tested negative on 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th of October and the testing on the 12th was meant to be considered our day 13 testings therefore we should be able to have these residents come out of their rooms and socialise with each other within their household. We understand that we need to wait a little longer for the three households to the west of the building (Manikato, Young Idea and Chatham), but we don’t have any response from the authorites, so we will continue to chase them down.
On a good news front, yesterday we found out that the Commonwealth will be funding the use of rapid antigen testing in health care and other essential work settings in high risk LGA’s. Both Moonee Valley and Darebin Councils have been nominated as high risk, therefore we have acted swiftly and applied to be part of this testing. What does this mean for you? This will mean our staff, visitors and contractors can be tested before each shift or entering our home. This test takes around 15 minutes for results and will be part of our new procedure to enter our home. We will know quickly if people are positive or negative, keeping our home safer and hopefully preventing any further lockdowns. We will let you know when we get approved, and this rapid antigen testing begins.
The home remains in lockdown until further notice. Currently all residents are remaining in their rooms, so we encourage you to make contact via phone or other means to keep in touch. If you would like assistance for window visits or digital communication, please contact our Lifestyle team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you again for your support, love, and prayers as we work together as an Embracia community to stay informed and connected and work to protect our residents and staff.
We provide exceptional aged care in an intimate community that feels like home.