COVID 19 – Virus Update 6 May 2021

06 May 2021 | Bankstown

 

Updated NSW Health Advice

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

CHANGES TO VISITING

Effective from 6 May 2021 residents in aged care facilities in Greater Sydney can only have 2 visitors per day.  The advice from NSW Health is the visits should occur outdoors if possible, however we recognise that this is not always possible, so visitors can visit in the resident’s room or outdoors.  The daily limit of two visitors per day does not mean that both visitors need to come together.

We recognise this weekend is Mother’s Day and apologise that only 2 visitors can attend the facility. We ask for your patience and understanding that we must comply with the health advice to protect our residents. 

 

NEW REQUIREMENT FOR MASKS                      

Effective from 6 May all visitors and staff entering aged care facilities are required to wear a mask and this will be provided to you at our reception areas when you have your temperature checked and sign the screening declaration.

 

NSW UPDATES FOR CASE LOCATIONS AND ALERTS

The link below provides an updated list to areas where NSW Health have identified case locations or alerts. 

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx#increased-testing

 

NEW INFLUENZA VACCINATION REQUIREMENT FROM 1 JUNE 2021

On 4 May 2021, NSW Health issued directions to residential aged care providers that from 1 June- 30 September all staff and visitors entering an aged care facility must have evidence of having received a 2021 influenza vaccine dose. 

The link to the website is attached for your information https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/aged-care.aspx

If you have already received the 2021 influenza vaccination can you please forward BCAC evidence of this to [email protected] or you can bring a copy to the village and leave it with our reception team.  We only use this information to add to a report that our staff who screen visitors on entry can see.  Your privacy will be protected in accordance with our privacy policy.

If you have not had your influenza vaccine and you wish to visit during 1 June-30 September, you will need to have the vaccination prior to entering the facility.

There is no requirement for visitors to have the COVID vaccine to enter aged care facilities and we do not need any evidence of your COVID vaccination if you have had one.

              

Residents attending family gatherings or excursions

For residents leaving the facility for an individual outing, family gathering or group excursion, NSW Health advice is

  • residents are guided about COVID-safe behaviours, including practicing physical distancing (1.5m) and hand hygiene,
  • the event complies with the current Gathering Restrictions Public Health Order,
  • No one at the event:
    • has, in the past 14 days, been to any NSW, Interstate or New Zealand locations at the dates and times listed in the latest COVID-19 case locationsweb page
    • lives in the NSW areas of increased testing
    • has been a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • lives in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
    • is waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

We require residents or family members to complete our Resident Outing Declaration (Form CF170) prior to the outing so we can maintain records in accordance with NSW Health requirements. This is available from staff or on our website under the COVID-19 page.

Thank you for your ongoing support.