Lockdowns in Victoria and New South Wales

July 30, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an AFACorp kitchen staff member who provides catering services to Jewish Care Victoria with the Gary Smorgon House in Melbourne being placed in lockdown.

The Gary Smorgon Home

The Montefiore Aged Care Homes in Sydney have also been placed in lockdown as a precautionary measure.

The AFACorp staff member last worked at Jewish Care in Melbourne on 19 July 2020. No close contacts have been identified amongst Jewish Care Elders or staff. Kitchen staff identified as close contacts have been contacted and quarantined.

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby said: “Our thoughts are with the AFACorp staff member who is in quarantine at home. We are ensuring they are linked to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and government supports available. We have notified relevant Public Health officials as required and are following strict procedures as directed by the DHHS” said

DHHS requested a lockdown of Gary Smorgon House as a precaution until testing of all Elders and staff can occur. DHHS are coordinating the testing which they have advised will occur between 31 July and 2 August 2020.

Bill Appleby added: “We will continue to offer supports to all Elders, taking every precaution to ensure staff and Elder wellbeing.

We want to reassure everyone we are working together, in a proactive manner to protect our community. I would like to thank our amazing Elders, our committed staff, and the Department of Health and Human Services for acting swiftly and with an abundance of caution.”

Montefiore Randwick

In Sydney, from 3 pm today all four residential care homes being Montefiore Hunters Hill, Randwick and Woollahra, as well as Maroubra Shores were closed to visitors and non-essential contractors as a precautionary measure, following directives for all Residential Aged Care Facilities from NSW Health and Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant. This will continue for an initial period of 2 weeks.
Randwick and Woollahra were closed to visitors from 3pm yesterday on preliminary advice from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.
A Montefiore statement reads: “This is a precautionary measure only due to increased community spread of COVID-19 in Sydney, and we have had no cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff.
All staff and essential contractors (eg allied health) are now wearing surgical masks while onsite and continuing to complete daily health declarations and checks.

As with our previous closure to visitors, we will continue to accommodate immediate families of residents who are palliating, as arranged with the care manager. We will also reinstate assisted video calls as swiftly as possible to keep residents and families connected, and provide additional social support for residents.

We understand that this will be another difficult period for the Montefiore Family, and as ever we value your support as we work together to manage this ever-evolving pandemic.

The MCMT will continue to meet daily review the situation in conjunction with NSW Health directives, and lift restrictions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

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