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Thursday 3 June 2021 — Benalla

Following the return of negative test results from both close-contact staff members, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised that the home can stand down additional precautions and return to current standard COVID precautions.

The DHHS will continue to monitor the home until all residents and staff return negative test results.  We will also continue to monitor our staff and residents for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Royal Freemasons have sufficient personal protective equipment and all other supplies necessary to continue to provide support and services to the residents and staff at Benalla.

It has been a stressful time for all residents, their families and staff. All key stakeholders worked together to ensure our COVID-19 emergency plans were rapidly activated to mitigate the risks associated with coronavirus, as the safety of residents and staff is paramount. 

We would like to extend our gratitude for the support and understanding of our residents, their families, our staff and the local community during this precautionary lockdown.

 

Thursday 3 June 2021 — Media Statement: Benalla precautionary lockdown update

Royal Freemasons can confirm that COVID testing of staff and residents at its Benalla home is underway.

The home will remain under COVID restrictions, with all infection control measures in place, until we obtain all test results and receive notification from the Department of Health and Human Services to resume normal operations.

We can confirm that both the primary and secondary contact staff members returned negative test results.

Royal Freemasons will continue to monitor our staff and residents for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

We would like to extend our gratitude for the support and understanding of our residents, their families and our staff while we operate under these precautionary restrictions.

 

Wednesday 2 June 2021 — Benalla update

We advised this morning that the Benalla home is in precautionary lockdown following the advice that BP Euroa has been listed as an exposure site. One of the staff memberss a Tier 1 close contact having visited the exposure site and one staff member is a Tier 2 close contact, being a contact of someone who had visited the location.

Today the team at the home have put all precautionary COVID plans in place and are coordinating testing of residents and staff within the home. All residents and staff are well with no signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and none have tested positive to COVID-19.

We would like to thank our regular facility staff, who are continuing to care for our residents.

To allow our staff to focus on delivering care, we kindly ask that you not contact the home directly unless it is an emergency. We have a dedicated team managing all enquiries. Please don’t hesitate to call them on 1800 312 674 or email [email protected].

Again, we thank you for your support. We will remain in regular contact with daily updates.

 

Wednesday 2 June 2021 - Media Statement: Royal Freemasons Benalla

Royal Freemasons Benalla staff members have notified management that they had attended a Tier 1 public exposure site, BP Euroa. One staff member is a primary close contact, and the other is a secondary close contact of a member of the community who also attended the exposure site.

We have immediately locked down the home as a precaution, notified the Department of Health, commenced full PPE and commenced testing all our residents and staff.

No staff or residents at Royal Freemasons have tested positive to COVID-19.

COVID vaccinations have been provided at all Royal Freemasons homes and the majority of Benalla residents have been vaccinated.

For the safety of residents, staff and families we have initiated full COVID-19 precautionary outbreak procedures at the home while we await the return of
precautionary testing results. This means that all residents will be self-isolating in their rooms and staff are now wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Royal Freemasons has sufficient personal protective equipment and all other supplies necessary to continue to provide support and services to the residents and staff.

Please be assured that, at this time, we have no staff or residents who have tested positive to COVID-19 and/or have any signs or symptoms.

We are closely monitoring all residents and staff for signs and symptoms.

As you can imagine, this is a stressful time for all our staff, residents and their families and as such have put in place communication and support services to ensure all are supported during this time.

 

Monday 31 May 2021 - Coppin Centre and Footscray

We are pleased to advise that the close contact staff have both returned negative tests and at this stage, other staff and resident tests have also returned negative.

The Department of Health has advised that both facilities (Coppin Centre and Royal Freemasons Footscray) can now stand down, meaning that residents can now come out of their rooms and staff can remove full PPE and return to wearing masks and shields only.

Our staff and management team have done a wonderful job and are to be congratulated.

Tomorrow, the department commences staff vaccination clinics with Centennial Lodge up first.

Thank you once again for all your support.

 

Monday 31 May 2021 - Coppin Centre and Footscray

Two staff members, one from Coppin Centre and the other from Royal Freemasons Footscray, have worked at Arcare Maidstone in the last week, whereby a staff member has now tested positive for COVID-19. We became aware of this at 6:00am on Sunday morning and immediately locked down these facilities, notified the department, commenced full PPE and commenced testing all our residents and staff.

No staff or residents at Royal Freemasons have tested positive to COVID-19.

The potential exposure occurred during work and all staff were wearing a mask. Within our homes, staff have also been wearing masks at all times.

COVID vaccinations have been provided at all Royal Freemasons homes with most residents having their first dose of the vaccination and many homes completing their second vaccination.

For the safety of residents, staff and families, we have initiated full COVID-19 outbreak procedures at both Coppin Centre and Royal Freemasons Footscray while we wait for the return of precautionary testing results. This means that all residents will be self-isolating in their rooms and staff are now wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Visitation is now restricted to those residents who are actively palliative.

Royal Freemasons has sufficient personal protective equipment and all other supplies necessary to continue to provide support and services to the residents and staff.

Please be assured that at this time we have no staff or residents who have tested positive to COVID-19 or have any signs and symptoms. We are closely monitoring all residents and staff for signs and symptoms.

We understand that this is stressful for all concerned. Helpful and informative information can be found on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s website that explains what occurs when an aged care facility experiences a COVID 19 exposure. Please click here to view this fact sheet.

You may also contact us directly on 1800 312 674 and talk to one of our clinicians directly.

We thank you for your support and hope that you stay safe.

 

Sunday 30 May 2021 - Coppin Centre and Footscray

This morning, we advised that two staff members have been identified as close contacts (Tier 2), where both worked at another provider who has a staff member that tested positive for COVID-19. One of our staff has subsequently worked at Footscray and the other at Coppin Centre.

Today we conducted testing of residents and staff and implemented our precautionary outbreak plans.

All residents are well with no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

We would like to thank our regular facility staff, who are continuing to care for our residents.

To allow our staff to focus on delivering care, we kindly ask that you not contact the home directly unless it is an emergency. We have a dedicated team managing all enquiries. Please don’t hesitate to call them on 1800 312 674 or email [email protected].

 

Sunday 30 May 2021 - Coppin Centre and Footscray

Clinical staff members at our Coppin Centre and Footscray homes have, last week, worked at another aged care provider where a staff member has now tested positive for COVID-19.

No staff or residents at Royal Freemasons have tested positive to COVID-19. The potential exposure occurred during work at the other provider and all staff were wearing a mask. Within our homes, staff have also been wearing masks at all times.

COVID vaccinations have been provided at all Royal Freemasons homes with most residents having their first dose of the vaccination, and many homes completing their second vaccination.

For the safety of residents, staff and families we have initiated full COVID-19 outbreak procedures at both Coppin Centre and Footscray while we wait for return of precautionary testing results. This means that all residents will be selfisolating in their rooms and staff are now wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Visitation is now restricted to those residents who are actively palliative.

Royal Freemasons has sufficient personal protective equipment and all other supplies necessary to continue to provide support and services to the residents and staff. We have notified the Department of Health and are awaiting further advice. We have commenced contact tracing and precautionary testing of all staff and residents will be undertaken today and tomorrow. Please be assured that, at this time, we have no staff or residents who have tested positive to COVID-19. We are closely monitoring all residents and staff for signs and symptoms.

We understand that this is stressful for all concerned. Helpful and informative information can be found on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s website that explains what occurs when an aged care facility experiences a COVID-19 exposure. Please click here to view this fact sheet.

You may also contact us directly on 1800 312 674 and talk to one of our clinicians directly. This is extremely unfortunate however we are working hard to reduce the risk to our communities by taking these early precautionary measures. We shall continue to keep all informed regularly. We thank you for your support and hope that you stay safe.

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