Shepparton Villages is pleased to report that Maculata Place has this morning received clearance to move from the isolation stage to Active Surveillance in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services authorisation.
All residents and all staff working at Maculata Place returned negative COVID-19 test results, and Maculata Place has now been given clearance to move into active surveillance for the next 14 days.
Staff are now working on the process to reintroduce residents to communal areas, including the dining and socialisation areas with the appropriate infection control and social distancing measures in place.
All Shepparton Villages facilities, including Maculata Place will remain locked down to visitors, and this status will be re-assessed once the 14-day active surveillance period expires.
Staff will continue to wear appropriate PPE as directed by DHHS and will remain working siloed in facilities during this period.
A thorough clean of all communal areas has been completed and scheduled cleaning of all resident rooms will continue on a regular basis.
Shepparton Villages is extremely grateful to residents, families, staff and the community for their support and patience during the extremely challenging time.
The risk of COVID-19 is still prevalent in the community and we will continue to take all the necessary steps to keep our residents and staff safe which includes strict COVID-19-safe infection control measures, appropriate PPE for staff in line with DHHS guidelines and restricting staff to working at one facility.
We will also be undertaking some additional education with all residents as a reminder around social distancing and hand hygiene.