COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update. Sept 6, 2023

Dear family members,
 

Drysdale Grove Aged Care COVID-19 outbreak is continuing. To control the outbreak further PCR testing will be completed today 6/09/2023 for any residents that has remained negative to COVID-19. Those that have tested positive are isolating and remain in good spirits. Residents are recommended to isolate until at least 7 days, or longer if still showing symptoms.

The COVID-19 outbreak management plan has been implemented and extra monitoring is in place to monitor all other consumers within the home. Staff are also still undertaking RAT prior to entry and increase in PPE requirements have come into effect.

As advised by the PHU and department of Health the following applies:

  • Visitors
  • If visiting a loved one with COVID-19 all visitors must wear PPE which will be provided upon entry.
  • There are no limits on visitor numbers.
  • All visitors to RACFs should have a negative result from a COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken on the same day that they attend the care facility.
  • All visitors should wear a face mask while visiting a RACF.
  • Anyone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 or is a close contact of someone with COVID 19 should not visit Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Visits to occur in residents rooms or outdoors rather than communal areas
  • Indoor visits to occur in well ventilated areas with open windows and doors to provide well natural ventilation.
  • All visitors to complete hand hygiene and wearing masks properly
  • Practice social distancing where possible and appropriate.
    It is recommended that all residents going out of the home wear a mask out in the community. 

ATAGI Update: Additional 2023 COVID-19 Vaccination Dose
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has updated their advice for the COVID-19 booster dose.
If it has been six months since receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, an additional dose:

  • is recommended for people aged 75 or older
  • should be considered for people aged 65-74, following discussion with their health care provider.

Aged care residents who have not yet received any booster dose this year are advised to do so.
Older age continues to be the biggest risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease. COVID-19 vaccination reduces the risk of serious illness and death.

Please do not hesitate to contact should you have any questions or concerns.

 

Kind Regards,

Drysdale Grove Aged Care