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A Message from Uniting AgeWell CEO Andrew Kinnersly

The alarming rate of community transmission of COVID-19 across Victoria is extremely concerning to us all. The number of cases reported over the past month, particularly in residential aged care, has understandably elevated the level of anxiety felt by older people, their families and those that care for them. We have seen the devastating impact this virus has on frail and vulnerable people both here and overseas, and our hearts go out to those dealing with illness, loss and grief.

Widespread community transmission significantly increases the likelihood of exposure to aged care staff. Uniting AgeWell is not immune to this risk. Staff from several of our sites have, through no fault of their own, acquired the virus through family or household contact. Others have had a household member test positive which has required them to quarantine.

In all cases, Uniting AgeWell has immediately implemented its pandemic plan and outbreak management protocols. Fortunately, as at the time of writing this message, we are not aware of any cases of internal transmission to any of our aged care residents or staff.

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