We have just today been directed by Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Unit (PHU) that all Maculata Place residents and staff must undergo a fourth COVID-19 test tomorrow, September 3, before they will issue us clearance to move out of isolation.
In doggedly pursuing clearance from isolation to active surveillance over the past two days with the PHU we were directed to undertake the fourth round of testing late this afternoon. This is out of our hands.
The PHU has determined that this test is now needed because it is 11 days post when clearance was given on August 23 to the most recent COVID-19 case – that of the resident at Maculata Place.
At no point has this been communicated to Shepparton Villages until today.
The PHU has advised that every case is different.
We are extremely frustrated at the prolonged process and we sincerely apologise that residents and staff must again undergo testing; however, we are following protocol that is being directed to us to ensure safety for all.
We are seeking to have the turnaround time for test results to be as quick as possible to facilitate the next steps.
Unfortunately, this means residents must continue to stay isolated in their rooms at Maculata Place, and all current infection control procedures remain in place.
We have informed residents, families and staff and will continue to keep them updated.
We will continue to advocate staunchly on behalf of our residents, while also balancing the need to follow directives and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all.