Dear Residents, Families and Friends,
Re: Embracia Moonee Valley – next round of testing and more clearances
We have not had any new cases today which we hope is the beginning of things to come. We have more pleasing news that two more staff members have received clearance from DHHS and are able to return to work.
We were advised this afternoon that Sonic, the Federal Government assigned pathology group, will be onsite tomorrow morning to test residents for a fifth round. The staff will be tested after this.
We received written notification from the Commonwealth that there is a new process to reduce testing delays for retesting:
“The new process aims to have resident testing completed within 24-36 hours of notification of an outbreak, and staff testing completed within 30–48 hours of notification. In addition, retesting will also occur on the scheduled days.
There are two key changes to the former process:
For staff testing, organisations will be provided with 6 hours’ notice before the testing will occur. Sonic will also provide options for staff who are unable to attend the onsite testing.
It is envisaged the staff testing will occur on the same or subsequent day (depending on the time residents are tested) to the resident testing.”
So, we will expect resident results to be completed sooner but not sure how it will affect staff result return times. To have quicker response times will allow us to implement any interventions sooner and therefore minimise any impact of an infection. At this stage we still have direction from DHHS for all our staff to remain in full PPE until instructed otherwise.
For the Community and public, prompt results, coupled with swift self-isolation when you have symptoms or are close contacts, are vital interventions to minimise the opportunity for infection to spread. Of course, this is in addition to good hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing a mask.
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