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20 July 2021: Update for Victoria

As a result of the continuing number of COVID-19 cases in recent days, the Victoria State Government has today extended the state-wide lockdown for all Victorians.

Visitor Restrictions will continue across all of Uniting AgeWell's Victorian residential care facilities until 11.59pm, Tuesday 27 July 2021. Only essential visits for compassionate, end of life or care assistance will be permitted.

Read more here.

20 July 2021: Update for Tasmania

The Director of Public Health has declared New South Wales and Victoria high-risk areas. Additional high-risk premises in these states, as well as South Australia and Queensland, have also been identified.

Anyone who has spent time in a high-risk area or premises in the last 14 days (including those in Tasmania who were in Victoria on or since 8 July) must not enter a residential aged care facility in Tasmania, unless exemption is granted by the Director of Public Health.

Read more here.

Maintain Vigilance

The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, clients and staff is our absolute priority.

We worked for many months preparing for an outbreak and doing everything possible to reduce that risk.

A robust response to COVID-19 was put in place by Uniting AgeWell at the outset of the pandemic and this response has continued to evolve as the situation and risk changes.

From July through to October 2020, widespread community transmission in Victoria significantly increased the likelihood of exposure to aged care staff. Staff from several of our Melbourne sites acquired the virus through family or household contact. Others had a household member test positive requiring them to quarantine. As a result, six of our facilities were placed in outbreak lockdown.

In all cases, Uniting AgeWell immediately implemented its pandemic plan and outbreak management protocols and as a result, there has been no transmission of COVID-19 within any Uniting AgeWell facility. All residents have been well protected by the tireless effort, skill and commitment of our staff.

We remain ever-vigilant, with precautionary measures ongoing to ensure a safe environment for all. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and quickly respond to any change in risk as needed.

Thank you for your ongoing trust and support.

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