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We would like to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 situation at Rubicon Grove.

A further two residents have been identified this afternoon as positive to COVID-19 via Rapid Antigen Test, bringing the total active cases to six.

Following this afternoon’s development, a temporary lockdown will be instated.

From 4pm today, Thursday 26 May, the facility will be in a temporary lockdown for 48 hours while we monitor the situation and continue to support all residents.

Visitors will be restricted to those:

  1. a) providing end of life support for a resident at the facility; or
  2. b) providing support to a resident who is suffering from dementia or similar condition and the person is required by the operator of the facility to assist in reducing distress or confusion in the resident.

Care packages (such as books or a favourite treat) may be left at the front door in clearly marked bags for staff to take to residents.

We will continue to work with Tasmania’s Aged Care Emergency Operations Centre (ACEOC) to review the possible exposure and associated risk.

We are continuing to take all possible actions to reduce the risk to other residents and staff including:

  • Staff will wear full PPE (Gowns, P2/N95 masks, face shields or goggles).
  • Meals will be served in resident rooms instead of the dining room.
  • All group activities will be suspended at this time.
  • Additional staff have been rostered on to assist.
  • The facility is being deep cleaned regularly.
  • All residents will be monitored for symptoms.
  • PCR testing for all residents is being arranged this evening for either Friday or Saturday.

These precautionary measures will be reviewed daily and be kept in place for the shortest possible period.

As always, we will maintain regular contact with our residents’ families and provide any further information as it becomes available.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 6427 5700.

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