COVID-19 has had far reaching effects around the world and throughout Australia and unfortunately Olivet Care has now been impacted by the virus.
Despite all the infection control protocols we have enforced, Olivet Care was notified last Wednesday, 26th October, that our regular testing program had detected several positive COVID-19 cases amongst both staff and residents at our Ringwood facility.
We can confirm that we currently have 33 positive cases, of which there are 8 staff and 25 residents.
The residents who have tested positive all belong to one household and are isolating in that household. Staff members who have tested positive were asymptomatic and are isolating at home. The residents of our other households are also isolating in their rooms pending further test results and are receiving regular contact from household staff.
We are in daily contact with the family of all residents and are communicating more frequently with family members of residents who tested positive. Senior staff are making welfare calls to all of our staff members isolating at home, doing wellness checks, and delivering hamper packs.
We are grateful for the dedication of staff who are rolling up their sleeves and taking on extra responsibilities to ensure seamless delivery of services.
Having reported the cases to the Department of Health, we are receiving information, support, and additional PPE from the Department via the National Medical Stockpile. We are working with the Public Health Unit which has commissioned Sonic Healthcare to carry out facility wide testing in order to limit the spread of infection.
Our staff have access to counselling via The Department of Health, Aged Care COVID-19 Grief and Bereavement Service. Families and residents are also able to avail themselves of this service along with the Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line.
Our priority is to keep everyone safe, and our facility will be closed to visitors until further notice.
We will provide regular updates as appropriate. Please direct any enquiries via email to email@example.com