COVID-19 infections at Jewish Care Victoria’s Hannah & Daryl Cohen Family Building in Windsor have decreased significantly, with two active cases among residents and six among staff as of yesterday (Wednesday).
Last week at this time, eight residents and 16 staff had been diagnosed positive for coronavirus and two weeks ago, 31 residents and 20 staff had tested positive.
Jewish Care reported on Monday that a test result from one staff member returned positive, and that staffer is now isolating at home. Residents and staff were due to be tested again later yesterday.
As reported earlier, two residents who were diagnosed positive for COVID-19 have passed away at the facility.
“Jewish Care continues to do everything possible under very difficult circumstances to manage the situation,” the organisation stated.
Meanwhile, a kitchen worker at Jewish Care’s Gary Smorgon House in Caulfield, who tested positive on August 25, continues to isolate at home and no elders currently there have been identified with signs or symptoms.
All Gary Smorgon residents are receiving care in their rooms and full PPE protocols are in place. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will advise Jewish Care if and when restrictions can be lifted following the second round of testing.
Jewish Care stated it is working with DHHS, Alfred Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health to support the wellbeing of all of residents and staff.
Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby stated, “Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our elders, staff and the community remains our highest priority and we will continue to take every precaution acknowledging how challenging this virus is to deal with for all health and care providers.”