Dear Residents and Families,
Re: Results from Round 3 of testing at Embracia Moonee Valley
Today we received our results for all staff and residents who were tested yesterday at our home, including the retesting of one resident in Northerly due to an invalid sample. Unfortunately, this resident has now tested positive to COVID-19 which brings our total to 12 residents. This resident, like the others from Northerly, has now been moved to our Winx household. We are pleased to inform you that all other residents, in all other households, have returned their 3rd negative result, this means we do not have any cases outside of our Northerly Household. Furthermore, this means that we have more than 110+ residents who are COVID free. In relation to our staff, unfortunately we have to report that 3 more staff have tested positive, but all other staff have tested negative for a 3rd time. The 3 new staff cases are staff from our Northerly household, and they have come up as detected during our infectious incubation period. These staff are safely isolating at home and we wish them a speedy recovery.
We have 13 of our initial close contact staff who have been in isolation will be ready to recommence work with us from Monday. This is a welcome influx of Embracia staff, that we are sure will light up our residents faces!
Today thanks to our Commonwealth team and their influence, we were able to have a very productive meeting with DHHS, including Principal Public Health Medical Officer, Dr Evelyn Wong. This meeting was incredibly informative, professional, and collaborative. We were given time to discuss our concerns regarding testing, tracing, close contacts as well as the potential of easing some restrictions residents in the COVID free areas. This will be reliant upon more rounds of negative results and then residents in those households can at least socialise with each other within their households and reduce the lengthy stays in their rooms. They also confirmed that their numbers reported on their website were inaccurate, often out of date and they admitted they are working to resolve the issues. Dr Evelyn Wong even kindly apologised for their absence at our operations meetings as they are more operational and will only be available when needed. She has offered a more collaborative approach moving forward. Overall, it was a positive meeting and an important step forward for our working relationship with DHHS.
Active Cases according to our notifications:
TOTAL: 12 Residents
TOTAL: 8 Staff
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Take care and stay safe.
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