Covid -19 update 17 February 2021

Dear friends,

It is pleasing to let you know that we can return to “semi COVID normal” visiting arrangements at MACS from Thursday 18 February.

This means:

• The Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions advise that only ONE household may visit a resident once a day in an aged care facility, however this is not time limited. We ask that family members communicate and coordinate with each other to ensure this happens. We would hate for you to come for a visit and be turned away. Access to the visitor pod however is still available via bookings through reception.
• In addition to this, exceptional visits may be permitted at the discretion of the Director of Care/RN in Charge.
• When you visit a person in an aged care facility you must wear a face mask and face shield (provided at the gate if required). You must not visit people in care facilities if you feel unwell.
• Residents of care facilities can go out from the care facility.

Visitors will still need to register as they enter the facility and declare that they:
• have not been in contact with a confirmed case and/or been to any exposure sites and
• have not been required to isolate or quarantine whilst waiting for results of a COVID test.
• Have no symptoms of COVID

Whilst there are no known COVID infection cases in Geelong as part of MACS’ internal COVID safe plan, we ask that visitors continue to have their visits in residents’ rooms and/or outdoors. Please no congregating in public indoor spaces, lounge rooms or dining rooms.

You are also most likely aware through various forms of media, that the COVID vaccine rollout will commence as early as next week. Here, at MACS, we have not received any specific advice as to when this may happen, but have been advised by the Commonwealth Department of Health that the time frames are set by public health and are not flexible or likely to be rescheduled, so we want to commence our preparations now.

It has been confirmed that residents will be receiving the Pfizer vaccination.  An information sheet is available here for residents and their families and representatives as well as a document of frequently asked questions.

MACS COVID Risk Team are currently developing up a process for obtaining consent forms for both residents and staff. You will continue to receive regular updates from us as we enter a new phase of vaccine roll-out.

Take care everyone, enjoy that extra freedom again and please continue to wash those hands x 2 and sanitise whenever possible.

Kind regards,

Joy Leggo
Chief Executive Officer

17 February 2021


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