COVID-19

23/02/2021

From Our CEO’s Desk:

As of yesterday the NSW Government has reduced the risk of COVID and it is now advised that wearing of masks is not required in aged care facilities. Please reinforce that staff and visitors are to still remain vigilant and use best practice hand hygiene and appropriate screening.

Visitors to a facility in NSW are not required to wear a surgical mask.

Exclude visitors who:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have been to any NSW, Interstate or Overseas locations listed in the current areas of concern at the dates and times listed for 14 days after they have visited the location
  • live in the NSW areas of increased testing
  • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
  • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/racf-latest-advice.aspx

Regards,
Clint Grose

Dear Orana Gardens Community,

Our latest update from The Department of Health stated the COVID-19 vaccine is set to be rolled out to Residential Aged Care Homes in late February 2021.

Residential aged care staff and residents are a priority under The Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine-National Rollout Strategy and will be among the first people in Australia to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Phase 1a.  

COVID-19 vaccines will be safe and free for everyone residing in Australia.

Here are the key points:

  • Vaccines will be delivered to aged care homes and given in the home by “a trained and skilled vaccinator.”
  • Vaccination is not compulsory but is “strongly encouraged.”

For more information, please visit: 

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/02/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-residents-in-residential-aged-facilities-and-their-families-representatives-and-carers.pdf

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and we will keep you informed as health advices are released.

Regards,
Orana Gardens Management 


Good Afternoon Families and Orana Gardens Community,

We have just received the most recent health advice Public Health Alert with new locations NSW. We asked that if you have been in these areas to please contact the facility prior to visiting and review NSW Health advice at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates

These areas include:
Orange
Broken Hill
Nyngan

Please note there are no confirmed cases in Greater Western NSW this was a confirmed Sydney Case visiting the region.

NSW Health has been notified of venues visited by a confirmed case of COVID-19 in western NSW.

The case is a man from western Sydney who was infected at the Berala BWS on Christmas Eve before travelling to Broken Hill, Orange and Nyngan while unknowingly infectious.

He was identified as a close contact and asked by NSW Health to be tested. This case will be reported in tomorrow’s figures.

Anyone who attended the following venues is a close contact who must get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Broken Hill: Gourmet Cribtin, 305 Argent St, Saturday, 2 January, 10.40am – 11.20am
  • Orange: Birdie Noshery and Drinking est. 120-122 Summer Street, Sunday, 3 January, 12.30pm – 2pm

Anyone who has attended the following venue at the following times is a casual contact and must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received, and continue to monitor for symptoms and test again if any symptoms develop:

  • Nyngan: Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park, Barrier Hwy and Mitchell Hwy, Saturday, 2 January to Sunday, 3 January

Anyone who attended the following service stations must monitor for symptoms and if they appear, immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Broken Hill: Broken Hill Shell, 164 Williams St, Saturday, 2 January, 10.52am – 10.55am
  • Nyngan: Nyngan BP, 180 Mitchell Hwy Nyngan on Sunday, 3 January, 9.10am – 9.13am

More venues may be added to this list, so please ensure you monitor the NSW Government website for further additions:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

Additional testing capacity is being made available at the Laverty Drive-through service at the Orange Showground from this afternoon from 12.30pm and at the Orange Hospital’s Fever Clinic from 12pm.

Additional testing will also be available at Nyngan at the Big Bogan statue, at 70 Pangee St, this afternoon from 2pm and again tomorrow from 9am to 5pm.

In Broken Hill, the drive-through testing clinic at the Broken Hill Community Centre reopened today and will be open until 4pm tonight, then every weekday from 8am to 4pm.

There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic visit:
https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics or contact your GP.

NSW Health urges anyone in NSW with even the mildest symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to come forward immediately for testing, then isolate until they receive a negative result.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate in contact us.

Thank you.

Jessica D’Arcy
Director of Care
Orana Gardens Ltd

COVID-19 Facility Entry/Exit Protocol As at 30th December 2020

Access 

  • subject to entry criteriaand conditions below, resident visitations can occur without  notice between the hours of 9am to 5pm 
  • subject to entry criteria and conditions below, resident visitations can occur with  same day notice prior to 4:30pm, between the hours of 5pm to 9pm 
  • subject to entry criteria and conditions below, resident exits can occur with prior  written request of >48 hours, and subject to approval, detailing 
    • venue address; gathering time; names of all people attending; transport  mode, COVID-19-safe practices & telephone numbers of all contacts  
  • there shall be no impediment to immediate essential health and medical  requirements 
  • no person shall visit the facility more than once per day unless by prior written  approval of the Director of Care or CEO 

Permitted Entry 

  • employees – restricted to areas necessary to perform duties where no alternative  arrangements suffice  
  • contractors & suppliers of goods/services deemed essential – as per CEO-approved  provider listing and restricted to minimum areas necessary 
  • union representative – pursuant to express prior arrangement with the CEO; upon  production of an entry permit and only in designated area 
  • health, medical or pharmaceutical professional providing services to a resident – as  per CEO-approved provider listing with area restricted to resident’s room
  • person providing personal care services to a resident – as per CEO-approved provider  listing and area restricted to resident’s room or approved alternative 
  • person providing a care and support visit to a resident, including end-of-life support;  eg. family/friend visitors – area restricted to resident’s room or designated visiting  areas 
  • NDIS participant support staff – subject to meeting facility entry criteria and  maximum 1 support person – all prior-approved by Director of Care or CEO
  • volunteers – support services subject to meeting facility entry criteria and maximum  1 volunteer per episode – all prior-approved by Director of Care or CEO
  • emergency management or law enforcement personnel – as required to discharge  responsibilities, unimpeded  
  • prospective resident – as required to provide reasonable overview and showing at  discretion of Director of Care or CEO 
  • person holding a verifiable Ministerial exemption from exclusion – as required to  discharge responsibilities attached to exemption, unimpeded  

Excluded Entries of Otherwise Permitted Persons 

  • Until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 6 January 2021:  
    • No visitors from Greater Sydney are permitted to visit residents in regional  aged care facilities. There are no restrictions on people from regional NSW  visiting residents in regional facilities.
    • Exclude staff and visitors who have been in any of the locations:  
      • indicated at www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#_blank  
      • on the monitor for symptoms list, at the times and dates listed  except where noted otherwise on the web page 
      • have a fever (37. 5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19 (acute  blocked nose congestion has been added to the list of symptoms) 
      • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are  within their self-isolation period 
      • live in a household with a person who is identified as a close  contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19. 
  • any person having been in non-Australian lands/waters within 14 days of seeking  entry 
  • any person having symptoms of acute respiratory infection; eg. including, but not  limited to 
    • o common symptoms – cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath  o other symptoms – loss of smell and/or taste, muscle and/or joint pain,  diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite  
  • any person without a verified, up-to-date vaccination against influenza, regardless of  age, unless 
    • written evidence confirms the vaccination is not available to that person o a medical certificate on the approved form and issued by a medical  practitioner, certifies that person has a medical contraindication to the  vaccination against influenza 
    • in a direct emergency response, any contractor & supplier of goods/services  deemed essential by the CEO 
    • in a direct emergency response, any emergency management or law  enforcement personnel  

Conditions of Entry for all – unless varied by special consideration 

  • maximum of two (2) visitors at a time per resident – visitors can be any age
  • visits undertaken in resident’s room subject to maximum time span of 2 hours 
  • visits undertaken in designated outside areas subject to maximum time span of 3  hours  
  • strictly no visits to occur in resident communal areas 
  • Spouses, siblings and offspring, whilst subject to a maximum of two (2) persons  visiting at a time, limited to maximum time span of 4 hours 
  • minors must be closely supervised and all persons must fully comply with all conditions of entry  
  • social distancing practices (no closer than 1.5mtrs) must be engaged at all times  unless impracticable in the course of employees and contractors providing services
  • hand sanitising immediately upon entry and prior to exiting facility
  • personal hygiene must be tightly controlled, particularly of children 

Permitted Resident Exits – all subject to prior authorization by Director of Care or CEO

  • attend essential primary and allied health and medical appointments that cannot be satisfactorily undertaken by means of telecommunications or alternative options  • attend a family member’s home for maximum duration 2 hours plus travel time, subject to 
    • Director of Care/CEO-approved risk assessment which considers compliance  feasibility, local epidemiology, COVID-19-safe practices; capacity for due  responsibility of excursion sponsors 
    • full and written disclosure of date, location, attendees and attendee/venue  contact numbers for subsequent tracing if necessary 
    • maximum of one internal setting 
    • maximum gathering of 20 people with strict social distancing practices and  compliant hygiene protocols to facility-equivalent standards adopted 
    • social distancing practices and compliant personal hygiene standards  maintained during trips to and from facility 
  • attend an external community setting with expansive (uncrowded) open space for  maximum duration 3 hours plus travel time, subject to  
    • Director of Care/CEO-approved risk assessment which considers compliance  feasibility, local epidemiology, COVID-19-safe practices; capacity for due  responsibility of excursion sponsors 
    • full and written disclosure of date, location, attendees and attendee/venue  contact numbers for subsequent tracing if necessary 
    • one external setting only 
    • maximum gathering of 20 people with strict social distancing practices and  compliant hygiene protocols to facility-equivalent standards adopted  
    • social distancing practices and compliant personal hygiene standards  maintained during trips to and from facility 
  • NDIS participant residents – support services subject to all conditions above with all  support staff meeting facility entry criteria – all prior-approved by Director of Care or  CEO 
  • volunteers – support services subject to all conditions above with all support staff  meeting facility entry criteria – all prior-approved by Director of Care or CEO • alternative scenarios considered on a case-by-case basis – approved only by the CEO 

Expressly Excluded Resident Exits 

  • attendance at any event where any attendee would otherwise be excluded from  entering the facility 

Resident Social Distancing Requirements 

  • Facility to continue emphasis on ensuring social distancing practices and compliant  personal hygiene of residents within the facility at all times 
  • Resident gathering in communal areas, indoor or outdoor, to be limited to maximum  of 20 persons at any one time in each communal area 

Resident Re-entry Requirements 

  • any resident re-entering the facility will be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms at  least twice daily for a minimum period of 14 days  
  • any resident entering the facility for the first time will be subjected to a risk  assessment by the Director of Care to determine whether  
    • quarantined and symptom-monitored at least twice daily for a minimum  period of 14 days 
    • monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms at least twice daily for a minimum period  of 14 days 
  • any evidence of COVID-19 symptoms must be dealt with immediately in accordance  with standing infection control protocols 

Special Visitor Entry/Facility Exit Consideration 

  • available on case-by-case basis; whether on compassionate grounds or by way of risk  assessment – approved only by the CEO 

Next Review Date – Can be varied at any time