COVID-19 update 7 October 2020

Dear friends,

MACS continues to remain COVID-19 free at this time and epidemiological data provided by the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) as of 6 October shows that there are no active cases in Greater Geelong of COVID-19.

Bookings for the pod and outside visits for the next 12 days are as follows:

Outside Visits commence 10.00 am last visit 3.00 pm (7 visits per day maximum of 3 people per visit for ½ hour).  Outside visits will take place at a nominated space in the piazza. If weather is inclement visitors can have their visits in Stella’s Café.

Wednesday 7 October          Pod Borrela House           Outside Borrela & Gerda’s 10.00am & 10.45 am

Thursday 8 October              Pod Mary Costa House    Outside Mary Costa House

Friday 9 October                   Pod Annie O’Malley         Outside Annie O’Malley House

Saturday 10 October            Pod Borrela House           Outside Borrela & Gerda’s 10.00am & 10.45 am

Sunday 11 October               Pod Mary Costa House    Outside Mary Costa House

Monday 12 October              Pod Annie O’Malley         Outside Annie O’Malley House

Tuesday 13 October             Pod Borrela House           Outside Borrela & Gerda’s 10.00am & 10.45 am

Wednesday 14 October        Pod Mary Costa House    Outside Mary Costa House

Thursday 15 October            Pod Annie O’Malley         Outside Annie O’Malley House

Friday 16 October                 Pod Borrela House           Outside Borrela & Gerda’s 10.00am & 10.45 am

Saturday 17 October            Pod Mary Costa House    Outside Mary Costa House

Sunday 18 October               Pod Annie O’Malley         Outside Annie O’Malley House

 

We will continue to keep the following visiting restrictions in place until 19 October, acknowledging that the 14-day rolling average for Regional Victoria is now 0.3, and there are zero active cases in Geelong, it is pleasing to note that metropolitan Melbourne rolling average also continues to decline. 

Behind the scenes the leadership team continue to discuss and develop up plans for further easing of visitor restrictions supported by epidemiological data.  Acknowledging our easing of restrictions to allow outdoor visits, we have received further requests to be able to undertake window visits and are happy to accommodate this, but request that your visit is recorded by letting our guards know at the gate if you are on site.  If your visit is out of hours for our guards, then please ring and inform reception of your visit, so that it can be recorded.  This will assist us with contact tracing should it be required.

You have probably heard or read that the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has released a special report on Aged Care and COVID-19.  Within the report there were 6 recommendations, most of them to do with the need for more funding.  One of the recommendations is around – Infection control expertise and personal protective equipment

“All residential aged care homes should have one or more trained infection control officers as a condition of accreditation. The training requirements for these officers should be set by the aged care advisory body we propose.”

I just wanted to let you know that here at MACS we have an independent Infection Control Specialist who supports us with our infection control needs and internal infection control officers in place already.

I will be attending a series of briefings on the Royal Commission Report and also the outcome of the Federal Budget on Wednesday.  Let us hope that there is significant extra funding made available to the aged care industry.  I will update you further in next week’s communication.

Take care everyone and please continue to wash those hands x 2, keep on social distancing and make sure you wear your mask!!

Kind regards,

Joy Leggo

Chief Executive Officer

                                                                                                                                           

 

7 October 2020

 

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