We provide exceptional aged care in an intimate community that feels like home.
Following on from our announcement yesterday we want to keep you up to date with what we know so far. We still only have one case of COVID-19 and no resident showing any signs or symptoms which is a good start. We have spoken with the Victorian Department of Health and Human services (DHHS) and we are expecting the first responder squad to visit the home this afternoon. They will check how we have prepared the home, review our processes and provide guidance on any changes that may need to be made. They are also making arrangements for testing to occur however we do not have any timelines for this yet. Usually all residents and staff will be tested and while we wait for results, we will continue to utilise the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
We are writing to inform you that late this afternoon that a staff member at Embracia Moonee Valley has tested positive to COVID-19 and effective immediately we are restricting visitors to Embracia Moonee Valley. This means that no visitors are allowed into the home. We will advise you of the progress once we are advised by the authorities. We encourage you to utilise alternative forms of communication during this restriction so you may remain in contact with your loved ones.
Tomorrow, 10th July, we will begin our second round of testing from 10.00am for all residents and staff. This is the “day 11” testing and if all results are negative, we should be able to reduce restrictions at day 14, which we hope to be 14th July. However, this all depends on the success of tomorrow’s testing. We appreciate your patience and at this stage it remains that no visitors until we can formally invite you back into the home.
We are pleased to advise that all the test results we have received have returned a negative result. So, there are no cases of COVID-19 in these results. However, we are still waiting on the results of three residents and five staff. These results have been delayed due to the circumstances in the wider community and the demands this has placed on the laboratories. We have notified the residents’ families who have not received their results to date, but we expect to receive the results in the next day or two.
As announced yesterday, 3rd July, we received the unfortunate advice that a new case of COVID-19 had been detected in a staff member from Embracia Reservoir. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are currently investigating and it has been identified that the staff member acquired the infection from contacts outside of Embracia. This case is not linked to the previous case identified at Embracia Reservoir.