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We would like to provide a further update on the COVID-19 situation at Barossa Park Lodge now that all the initial Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) have been completed across the facility.

We now have a total of seven (7) residents who have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • 7 in Timsbury House
  • 0 in Houghton House
  • 0 in Clydesdale House
  • 0 in Tolosa House

Many of the affected residents remain asymptomatic and surprised that they are carrying the virus, however they are now isolating to reduce the spread within the facility. As per medical guidelines, anti-viral medications will be offered to those who have tested positive for COVID-19 to help reduce the severity of symptoms.

All precautionary measures remain in place for staff and visitors including:

  • All staff and visitors will continue wear the required PPE at all times.
  • Visitation in Timsbury House is not permitted at this time given the number of positive cases, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as end of life care or to deliver care and support to a resident living with dementia or those who would be distressed without that support. Only the Facility Manager, Care Manager or Clinical Nurse can authorise visits, so please communicate with the facility to clarify this.
  • All other areas remain open as per usual visiting hours.
  • Visitors must complete a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival and return a negative result to enter the facility.

This situation is rapidly changing given the ease in which the current COVID-19 variant is passed between one person to another, highlighting the importance that we all follow the COVID-19 safe protocols.

At this stage, further testing (PCR Testing) is scheduled to occur next week on Monday 25 April at 2pm and Hobart Pathology will be onsite to do this.

Please be reassured that our team is doing everything possible to reduce to COVID risk and impact within the facility.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Barossa Park team.

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