COVID 19 update 31 October 2021
Current cases in Greater Geelong & Surfcoast as at 31/10 -427, Vaccination rates for the COGG – 1st vaccination >95% and 2nd vaccination 82.3%.
Looking at the case numbers in Geelong it is obvious that there is risk in the community of contracting COVID. However, our excellent vaccination rates do provide some comfort and in line with the directives received late on Friday from the Victorian Government, I confirm that a decision has been made to ease our protective practices and allow internal visits to Residents’ Rooms from Tuesday 2 November 2021. Together, we have all made immense sacrifices to keep our residents safe. The Government has nominated an indicative date of the 24th of November as the date when our community will reach 90% double vaccinations. At this date, the whole community will be more protected including our residents. In the meantime, please consider keeping your visits to an absolute minimum regardless of the visiting times listed below.
Visits will be permitted between 9.30 am and 11.30 am and 1.00 pm & 4.30 pm seven days a week, with the recommended number of visitors from the Government being only 2 at a time and a maximum of 5 visitors per day. Requests for visits outside of these hours must be made by contacting the Registered Nurse in Charge by phone.
- Visits will be re-introduced on a house-by-house basis following the below timetable:
Tuesday 2 November Annie O’Malley House
Wednesday 3 November Borrela House & Gerda’s House
Thursday 4 November Mary Costa House
Friday 5 November Annie O’Malley House
Saturday 6 November Borrela House & Gerda’s House
Sunday 7 November Mary Costa House
Monday 8 November Annie O’Malley House
Tuesday 9 November Borrela House & Gerda’s House
Wednesday 10 November Mary Costa House
Thursday 11 November Annie O’Malley House
Friday 12 November Borrela House & Gerda’s House
- All visitors must go straight to the Resident’s Room (no common indoor areas) and masks must be worn at all times;
- All visitors must provide evidence of vaccination status before entry (this will only need to be provided once);
- Usual screening processes will apply before entry;
- Unvaccinated visitors or who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status will be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (at a cost of $20) prior to entry;
- For end-of-life visits, maximum of 5 visitors at one time allowed, but unvaccinated visitors will be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test, at no cost;
- Pod visits will remain available, seven days per week but will need to be booked;
- We strongly discourage unvaccinated Residents leaving the facility, but if they do so, they will be required to have a nasal swab on return or as per a schedule yet to be determined.
If you are taking your family member out, we request that you observe all Government guidelines around social distancing, and complete our documentation on leaving MACS. Living within a community heightens our concerns around the risk of an unintentional exposure out in the public sphere and we thank you for your support in this regard.
Take care everyone, and please continue to wash those hands x 2, keep on social distancing, and QR coding everywhere!!
Chief Executive Officer