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Update 10 August

These are certainly challenging times. 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.

In all cases Uniting AgeWell has immediately implemented its pandemic plan and outbreak management protocols.

Unfortunately, current exposures have occurred at our Box Hill, Camberwell (Condare Court) and Kingsville residential aged care facilities where staff have tested positive.

Three rounds of testing of residents and staff at Box Hill and Kingsville and first round testing of residents and staff at Condare Court has confirmed that 100% of residents and staff are negative for COVID-19.


At this time, we are not aware of any internal transmission of COVID-19 at any of our aged care facilities.
This of course is very welcome news and a great relief for residents, families and staff.

Our full focus is on keeping all Uniting AgeWell residents and staff safe and well.


Site status as at 10 August

Box Hill Community

All residents and staff are 100% negative for COVID-19 following third round retesting of residents and staff on 7 and 8 August respectively. The Department of Health & Human Services has advised the facility can be de-escalated to active surveillance from midnight 10 August.

Kingsville Community

All residents and staff are 100% negative for COVID-19 following third round retesting of residents and staff on 7 and 8 August respectively.

Camberwell Community – Condare Court

All residents and staff tested 100% negative for COVID-19 following first round testing on 30 and 31 July respectively. Second round testing took place on 7 August, with results pending.


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Visitor restrictions

The health and safety of our residents is Uniting AgeWell’s paramount concern.

All of our Victorian aged care residences are currently closed to visitors in response to the deeply concerning increases in COVID-19 cases across the state and particularly in residential aged care.

While exemptions will be granted in exceptional circumstances, such as compassionate, end-of-life or assistance visits, current Victorian Government directives require that those visits be limited to one visit per day, by one person only or two in the instance of end-of-life and are for a maximum duration of one hour.

These restrictions will remain in place until at least 19 August in line with the current Victorian Government directives.

For previous communications read more in the Uniting AgeWell COVID-19 Communications Archive.


Additional Precautionary Measures

Uniting AgeWell has in place additional precautionary measures and controls across all of its Victorian residential facilities.

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