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Jewish Care Victoria is working hard to safeguard the wellbeing of elders and staff across all our services during the COVID crisis.

We have been notified that a staff member supporting elders in our Carnegie Residential Home has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. The staff member was last working in House 7 of our Carnegie Residential Home on 11 September.

The staff member is fully vaccinated, completely asymptomatic and is presently isolating after undergoing a COVID-19 test. We eagerly await the results, wish the staff member the best of health through what will be a period of 14 days quarantine and thank them for their urgent notification.

We are pleased to announce that at this stage all elders and staff are well and displaying no signs or symptoms of concern.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the relevant elders have been asked to isolate in their rooms until the staff member’s test result has been returned. All staff who worked closely with the staff member have been asked to test”, said Chief Executive Officer, Bill Appleby.

Jewish Care is managing the situation in line with the guidelines set out by the Victorian Chief Medical Officer.

Residential Home Carnegie is under a state of precautionary restriction. Key aspects of this include:

  • no visitors save for exceptional or palliative care circumstances
  • no non-essential external contractors to enter
  • staff in the relevant House 7 are wearing full PPE

“We continue to care and support all our elders in our Residential Homes under the guidance of the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services and working with the relevant public health officials”, continued Mr Appleby.

“We understand that this is a very distressing time for elders, their families and our staff. We are working tirelessly to communicate directly with our elders and will continue to keep their families and our community informed. We have deployed senior leadership to assist.”

“Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our elders, staff and the community is our most important concern and we will continue to take every precaution to ensure their wellbeing”, said Mr Appleby.

We understand that members of our Residential Home Carnegie community may have questions or concerns.  Jewish Care has established a Call Centre for enquiries and ask that you email [email protected] or call 8517 5556. This will allow the team in the homes to focus on the wellbeing of our elders.

“We know people have concerns about getting the vaccine but it is important that we remind ourselves that vaccines save lives.  The virus can and does have serious consequences and I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated”, said Mr Appleby.

Jewish Care Victoria strongly encourages all in the community to seriously consider getting vaccinated; test if showing any signs or symptoms; and keep up to date with exposure site listings -  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/exposure-sites

For more information: www.jewishcare.org.au

Media contact:

Elana Bedwell – Marketing & Communications Manager

Tel. (03) 8517 5701 / 0477 011 880   

Email:  [email protected]