COVID-19 update following Government announcements on 12 September 2022
This week that the Government made some significant changes to its response to the pandemic, including removing the Traffic Light framework and other changes to vaccination mandates, isolation requirements and mask guidance.
The Selwyn Foundation has reviewed its COVID-19 protocols in response to the Government changes. While we are pleased to see numbers of cases and hospitalisations reducing, we are still concerned for the welfare of all our residents, and have chosen to take a cautious approach to easing of restrictions for the next few weeks. Key decisions made following our review are:
- Please do not visit if you are unwell/symptomatic. If you feel unwell at all, please do not visit our care home, but postpone your visit until you are symptom-free.
- Please do not visit if you are COVID-19 positive or are a household contact of a positive case. While the Government has removed the requirement for household contacts to isolate, at Selwyn we have chosen to retain this requirement for the next few weeks at least, as an additional protection for our most vulnerable population and your loved one. Please do not visit our care home if you are within the seven day isolation period, having tested positive yourself, or if someone in your household has tested positive.
- All visitors are still required to have a Rapid Antigen Tet (RAT) on arrival. Please continue to have a RAT prior to visiting, even if you are taking your loved one off site. You will need to return a negative result before seeing your loved one. We will review this requirement after two weeks and will seek further guidance on this point in consultation with the Ministry of Health and the wider residential aged care sector.
- Please continue to sign in via our Visitor Management System and observe all the standard COVID hygiene precautions (ie, hand sanitising, coughing/sneezing etiquette).
- Please continue to wear an N95 mask (preferably) or a surgical mask (not a cloth one). Masks must be worn at all times within the care home, to protect our vulnerable residents. This is a compulsory requirement for the aged care sector as a whole. We also strongly encourage you to continue to wear a mask in other settings (when not eating or drinking). We can supply you with a surgical mask, if required.
- We will no longer be requesting information about the vaccination status of visitors.
- Please be considerate of our staff members who are continuing to work to ensure that any potential risk of COVID entering our care home is minimised as much as possible. Our staff will still be wearing masks and will continue to be vaccinated.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support of these measures which are designed to protect your loved one from COVID-19 and to avoid our having to close the care home again. Please share the above information with any other family members or friends who may be intending to visit.