COVID 19 update 4 November 2021

Dear friends

Current cases in Greater Geelong & Surfcoast as at 04/11 -420,  Vaccination rates for the COGG – 1st vaccination >95% and 2nd vaccination 88.7%. 

We hope that you are enjoying catching up with your loved ones as restrictions have eased. Any further easing of restrictions will be announced after the 24 November.

As provided previously please see below the schedule for house visits. Visits are 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. Please could you ensure that you stick to the nominated day for your house visit, unless you require an exemption to visit on a different day. Requests for visits outside of these hours must be made by contacting the Registered Nurse in Charge by phone. 

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

Again, please note the below conditions which must be adhered to:

  • 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.
  • We are still collecting vaccination certificates from visitors and registering these in our system – please keep sending these through to this email address.

As mentioned in my last communication, residents are permitted to go out, but must sign the outing register on departure from MACS.  If you are taking your family member out, we request that you observe all Government guidelines around social distancing. 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. 

One last thing, I understand it has been a long haul since you have been able to see your loved ones, but please be respectful to staff working at the gate. They are only following instructions as outlined in this communication.

Take care everyone, and please continue to wash those hands x 2, keep on social distancing, and QR coding everywhere!!

 Kind regards

Joy Leggo

Chief Executive Officer

4 November 2021

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