NSW HEALTH UPDATE
NSW Health has issued updated advice this morning to residential aged care providers and the link is attached for your information
The key messages in this update are:
- All staff and visitors must wear a surgical mask inside the facility
- Western Australian locations have been added to the Areas of Concern – Western Australian Locations visited by confirmed cases or the Perth, Peel or South West Regions of Western Australia since 25 January 2021.
- There are no Areas of Increased Testing identified in NSW
- For NSW healthcare facilities the New Zealand Hotspot locations have been removed, but the venues remain
VISITING AT BCAC
We have received requests from family members who work asking if we can amend the weekday visiting schedule to accommodate their work schedule, so effective from next week we will offer visiting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will also be offering an additional day.
This week’s entry screening times will still be held on Wednesday and Saturday.
- Wednesday 3 February 9am – 3pm
- Saturday 6 February 9am -3pm
Week commencing Monday 8 February entry screening times will be:
- Tuesday 9 February 9am -3pm
- Wednesday 10 February 9am -3pm
- Thursday 11 February 9am -7pm
- Saturday 13 February 9am – 3pm
There are a number of public health orders that we are still required to comply with which includes screening visitors, ensuring we control the maximum numbers of people in our facilities and complying with the maximum number of visitors per resident.
To assist us to do this the following processes will remain in place:
- A maximum of 2 visitors per resident per day is allowed.
- Bookings to arrange entry screening prior to visiting is required by contacting reception at each village
For all outings and excursions attended by residents we are required to ensure that:
- The event complies with the current Gathering and Movement Public Health Order
- No one at the event:
- has been to any Western Australian Locations visited by confirmed cases or the Perth, Peel or South West Regions of Western Australia since 25 January 2021
- has been to any contact tracing locations of interest in New Zealand
- lives in the NSW areas of increased testing
- has been a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
- has been to any of the locations on the close contactor casual contact list at the times and dates listed
- lives in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
- is waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
To ensure we can comply with these requirements residents are still required to complete the Resident Outing Declaration (available on our website) prior to attending the event or leaving the facility. This information will only be used to provide information to the NSW Health Contact tracing team in the event of an outbreak, or if a resident has attended an event that is subsequently listed as an area of concern or a hotspot.
As there are no areas of concern in NSW there is no requirement for any resident to be placed in isolation if they leave the facility. We will continue to isolate any resident who develops any symptoms.
WEBINAR ON COVID VACCINE
We have attached a clink from OPAN to a webinar being held on 4 February on the COVID vaccine for your information.
If you cannot listen to it live, OPAN usually posts the link to the recorded webinar within a few days of the live event.
We will be making this webinar available to our residents over the next few weeks prior to the rollout of the vaccine to aged care facilities.